By Delaney Ferguson
As college students, we all know how much pressure it is to keep up with our studies, balance a job, and maintain a social life. Everything happens on campus, from classes to club events to social gatherings. All in all, it seems that with all we have on our plates, most of our time has to be spent on campus. Students are given the choice to reside either on- or off-campus, and both options have perks and pitfalls.
Commuters either live with their families, or pair up with friends and rent an apartment or house close to campus. On-campus students are able to reside in the Residence Halls, the Suites or in the University Village, which are all conveniently located minutes away from class buildings, the Bronco Student Center and the University Library.
When there is a sports game or a club meeting, residents are lucky enough to live somewhere in which everything is within walking distance. Living on-campus can also help keep you accountable, responsible and organized. The close proximity to class saves residents from the trouble that many commuters experience: waking up earlier, traffic and spending money on gas.
However, convenience is not the only upside to living on-campus. In addition to the pleasure and leisure of living in the middle of your college campus, residents are learning and growing. They are learning to live life independently by experiencing it in a new environment. That by itself is thrilling.
Despite the ease and comfort for on-campus residents, there is also an important financial aspect. This is the inevitable trap that all college students face. Some commuters might argue that they’re saving money by not having to pay a monthly rent bill. However, we are all college students ” we all have bills to pay, whether that goes to tuition or rent.
With this in mind, why not go the whole nine yards and do college in full swing?
As a commuter from Rancho Cucamonga, I can preach about how difficult and stressful commuter life is. Commuting comes with many hurdles, and it makes for a great deal of worry and stress. That includes waking up earlier and losing sleep, worrying about gas and sitting in unbearable traffic.
To add to the stress commuters are now faced with a new issue: overcrowded parking lots and a limited number of available spaces.
Commuters could also argue that they are missing out on the real college experience by not being around for fun school events or when friends that live on-campus want to hang out. Commuting clearly comes with more difficult and stressful factors than living on-campus.
So all this leads me to the question: What makes for the best college experience?
College is the time in our lives where we enter adulthood and where our learning really counts ” both in and out of the classroom. Living on your own is an experience that truly teaches students about real life and the real world.
That’s exactly what college is for: a time for growth and learning. Sure, I am saving money by commuting and living at home. But I would rather experience life as a college student, living on campus and openly absorbing all facets of the college life.
I encourage students who decide to live on campus to genuinely experience the college life in full swing.
Monica Lopez / The Poly Post
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