As some may have noticed – what with my lack of regular updates per week – keeping up with a blog is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated. However, I knew from the start that this would be different for me and I intend to do my best. I promise to make an effort to update more frequently with some new ideas for posts, features, and maybe even videos! So if you want to see me embarrass myself, stay tuned.
In the mean time, that still leaves Snazzy Suits without a significant, satisfying post. Not to worry though, I have that covered. Below, you will find an opinions article I did for my school’s newspaper The FAMUAN, courtesy of Florida A&M University’s newspaper staff. It’s been my experience that people sometimes relieve stress or anger by tearing into something, be it physically or mentally. As a sign of goodwill, feel free to rip this article a new one with absolute fervor. Edit, lambaste, throw fire at it, anything you want.
The experience of living on a campus as a freshman is similar to the experience of an average childhood in that each provides important development, but would probably not want to be fully relived by anyone. Surprisingly, the reasons why one would not want to relive either experience are also similar: there is an implied lack of freedom as well as an overall restriction on one’s life.
For a number of freshmen, the prime example for this implied lack of freedom is the rule which, in effect, denies freshmen use of their own vehicle on campus. The merits of this rule can be debated, but there is no doubt that its existence can feel very discouraging for freshmen, as owning a car has been a sign of maturation and freedom for teenagers since the 1950’s.
It should be said that not having a car is just a feature in the underlying “problem” of staying on campus as a freshman: the relative limitations of engaging in one’s personal lifestyle choices.
This problem can find its way in something as simple as food choice. Out of monetary and scheduling convenience, a freshman might have to go to the same nearby places for food he or she might not necessarily want.
Where the conflict might be most common however, is the living circumstances in dorm rooms. It goes without saying that the communal nature of dorm rooms is expected to be different from how most students have lived up until that point, but the disturbances placed on many residents (whether by staff or other residents) can be disheartening.
For instance, in Sampson Hall many are often vocal about mandatory meetings and the $25 dollar charge for a misplaced key card. Residents are likewise vocal about the occasional late-night fire alarm prank as well as the need to wipe toilet seats of urine.
As an out-of-state, full-time student, it is for the best to stay on campus during the sophomore year, but given enough funds it is easy to see living in an apartment instead.
However, this is not to say that staying on campus freshman year is detrimental.
The likelihood of having one’s desires and lifestyle completely accommodated is slim, and it is good to have that lesson reinforced. Additionally, the living situation of dorms provides a chance for residents to meet potential friends who might not have otherwise interacted.
As was mentioned before, living on campus freshman year is an important development similar to childhood. And like childhood, there comes a point where one accepts that development and begins to establish who he or she wants to become.
If you see anything wrong, or want to chime in with your opinion, post it loudly in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!