There are several benefits with living on campus. Likewise, there are several issues too. I’ve lived on the same hall (some people say dorm) for 3 straight years. And of course, as much as it is a “co-ed” hall, I live on a floor (some people say flat) with 21 other females.
For the most part, I’m a quiet person so that therefore means that I barely interact with any of the ladies on my floor. I keep to myself so that my name, as well as my personal life, is not in anyone’s mouth. That way, I keep out of whatever drama and whatever rumour is going around. Plus I don’t trust a lot of people, especially women, because they have a tendency to be the ones to start the drama, spread the rumour and overall just stab you in back. And quite frankly, I’m not here for it and I don’t have the time for it either. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all women are not trustworthy. The same goes for men too. But you definitely have to look out for yourself.
I’ve had the privilege of living in my own room but I had to share the kitchen and the bathroom. No one has ever broken into my room and stolen anything. I’m fortunate for that because I’ve heard of cases where some unscrupulous person broke into someone’s room and stole something. One case I heard is where someone I knew had money stolen from their room. I know, tragic right? That’s one issue with living on campus. Another is that your floormates (or flatmates) are terribly inconsiderate.
You have those who play extremely loud music and those that talk so loud you could probably hear them from 2 floors down and even outside. You want to be able to study or just do work in your room without leaving it to go to the library. I’m the kind of person that can’t really focus with music, sometimes I can but other times I get distracted and start dancing or singing along. For me personally, in order to get work done and study, I need peace and quiet and most times I’m in my room because that’s where I’m most comfortable. You can ask kindly to have the music or the loud conversation toned down a bit but having to continually ask is definitely annoying.
Like I said earlier, there are benefits with living on campus. When living on campus, you get to interact with a lot of persons from different ethnicities and different countries too. At my university, there are a lot of different persons from the Caribbean. There are a few Nigerians too but to me, everyone looks the same in terms of nationality. Until you hear them speak, you know they’re not from your country. Most times, I don’t assume which country each person is from until I hear them speak.
Another benefit of living on campus is that you can leave for class 10-15 minutes before it starts and you’ll still be on time. Even your exams too but I always leave my room at least 25-30 minutes before an exam. Let’s not forget the library with amazing opening hours. Some libraries are opened for 24-hours and some 22-hours but nothing beats being able to go to the library at like 1 am for example.
Overall, I guess I’d say my experience with living on campus has been rather interesting to say the least. As I said earlier, I stay by myself because I rather not be involved in any drama. And not to worry, I’ve actually made friends living on campus even though I’m introverted. Everyone has a different experience with living on campus. If you’ve ever lived on campus during your college/university days, let me know what your experience was like in the comments below. Maybe, as a follow up for new college/university freshmen, I’ll do a post on how to survive living on campus. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a post like that.
So that’s it for today. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to fill me in on your experience with living on campus at your former or current college/university. Also, don’t forget to give this a like and share this post. Thank you so much for reading and for your continued support, I really appreciate it. And, wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a great day or night.