The Housing Blog: Living experiences
October 7, 2010 7:10 PM
In my blog, I hope to delve into the on-campus housing system and the living challenges students face while fulfilling their educational goals.
The decision to live on campus has it's definite pros and cons. While most campus housing is ideal for students new to college and those hailing from further than Alameda, adjusting to living in tight quarters with a stranger can be challenging.
While Dylan March, 18, business major was fortunate enough to pair up with a friend he knew from his hometown in San Fernando Valley, others are not so lucky.
Nursing major Ebonee Johnson, 18, is having trouble adjusting to the contrasting living style of her roommate, who she shares a bedroom with in the Village at Centennial Square.
"I need to figure out a way to let my roommate know what has been bothering me before I build up all this resentment" said Johnson.
The model of campus living is nothing new. In most cases, it's been said it's part of the "college experience". Most students do eventually decide to move off campus to experience a little more freedom from RA's and to discover a different part of San Francisco.
However, for Joanne Marion, 24, creative arts major, moving off campus posed a different set of problems .
She said the worst thing was juggling her studying for finals last spring, while moving out all in the same week. In addition, certain landlords have strict policies regarding income and do not consider financial aid to be a source of income.
Students can face a variety of problems regarding housing and these stresses may result in decreased motivation for classes and perhaps withdrawal from the University.
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