Discourse / Editorials / April 22, 2015

Thoughts from the embers: Editor’s Roundtable, living situations at Knox

Julian Boireau, Editor-in-chief

Living off campus is great as long as you’re ready to take on the responsibilities of maintaining your apartment. You don’t have communal bathrooms or RAs, but there is a price to pay for the freedom.Make sure that you’re organized enough to keep up with your utilities, internet and rent payments. Grocery shopping and regular cleaning are things that need to happen.

Being able to throw a party is great! Having a party, on the other hand, is messy and stressful. At different parties this year I’ve had lightbulbs and a trashcan lid stolen. For the life of me I will never know why anyone would want those items. A lot of people make it work, and see off-campus living as a major plus. It prepares you for post-graduation life to be sure. At the same time, do what is best for you to succeed.

Kate Mishkin, Managing Editor

When I was training for a position as a Residential Advisor at Knox, one point was enforced tirelessly: one of the most important aspects of a liberal arts education is the residential experience. Living on campus gives you an opportunity to connect with students and share different ideas and thoughts in a setting that’s both intimate and casual. You’re also near anything and everything that’s going on, and you’re in the perfect place to hear Flunk Day scares.

Now, I live in an apartment with a roommate above the Beanhive on Cherry Street. I’m not necessarily near certain on-campus activities, and I haven’t heard a single Flunk Day scare this year. In fact, I’m afraid I’ll accidentally sleep right through Flunk Day. However, living off campus allows me a distinct advantage and opportunity to dip my toes into “adult life” without having to dive in full force. I already know how to pay rent every month, and I’ve even developed an appreciation for cooking and doing dishes. I’m still only a five minute walk from campus, and several Knox students live in my building. I still have the liberal arts residential experience. It’s just a little different than before.

Rachel Landman, Co-News Editor

Living off campus this year has been a great experience for me. Doing so has allowed me to have my own room, more independence and much more privacy than I did when living in the dorms my freshman year. The cost of living off campus can also be significantly cheaper. After going abroad next year, I plan to move off campus again my senior year for both the increased privacy and savings.

The downside to off-campus living for me has mostly been an issue of convenience. While I do not live far from campus all of the dorms are much closer to the campus buildings than my house is. If you can handle trudging through the snow for an extra ten minutes Winter Term, I’d suggest off-campus living for all of its other benefits. Another issue to consider is that off-campus students do not have an RA or as many suitemates, so if you are interested in having a larger support system in your living space, off campus may not be for you.

Callie Rouse, Co-News Editor

Everyone speaks of the Quads with an air of disgust, but despite the neighbors who seem to drop bowling balls on your ceiling for fun and the interesting conversations you become privy to through bathroom walls, Four-Name is an alright place to land your sophomore year. After living in close proximity with nearly 20 girls my first year, my eight-person suite was a relief, but didn’t create a space too small that there wasn’t enough room to breathe.

While it comes with all the quirks of on-campus housing, the environment is familiar to your first year and lets you have a test-run with your friends before you commit to living in apartments together. Sure, you’re still living off of Caf food, but you can easily engage with campus activities and live with a larger group of friends than you could off campus. So while it’s no one’s dream home, the Quads is a comfortable and enjoyable place to live.

Payton Rose, Discourse Editor

While living off campus certainly has its appeal, I have found myself very content with my decision to live on campus for these four years (to be fair, the last two have been in singles in a fraternity house where my laundry charges were included). Yet for me, the benefits of living on campus are strong enough no matter where you end up in the housing lottery, the main benefit being the social access living on campus provides.

While the Caf certainly has its downsides for social life, having a buffet-style option with everyone on campus is a side effect of a larger advantage. College is one of the few times in most people’s lives where you are able to live just minutes away from your closest friends. The community aspect of on campus living is a rarity that should not be overlooked. Take the space you live in and make it your own to share with those closest to you. The basics have been taken care of by Knox, giving you more time and energy to pursue what matters to you with the people that mean the most to you.

TKS Editorial Board

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