Paige Semon | February 17, 2014
A couple weeks into the spring semester and I am finally adjusting to dorm life! You may be thinking, “You have lived on campus for months now, why are you getting used to it now?”
Last semester, I commuted to La Salle. Commuting to La Salle was fun, but I wanted a better taste of college life. I have friends who reside on campus and look like they are having the time of their lives. So I decided I wanted to see what I was missing. I could not wait until next fall; I had to live on campus now.
But, I had to keep in mind that I have responsibilities at home and I was not sure how my mom would take the news. I live fifteen minutes away and I go home every Sunday and Monday to coach cheer leading, so my mom was not too upset.
Living on campus has been fun so far. My roommate is an old friend who commuted the fall semester as well. It is like a slumber party every night! We get to hang out and visit our other resident friends whenever we want. We have dinner and library dates every day. Waking up half an hour before class is better than waking up an hour and a half. Also, I can go back to my room in between and after class rather than sit around waiting for my friend to drive me home. I can now attend on campus events that occur later on as well!
Although walking down the hallway in a towel is not the most comfortable thing to do, it has become normal to me. I love living here; I have no clue why I did not want to before!
I am getting used to being on my own. I do my own laundry, have my own job, and feed myself. While being on campus, I am learning a lot about myself. I am becoming a more independent person. I am adjusting to living with someone other than my family. It is helping me become more outgoing and involved on campus. Living here can cause some distractions. I am learning to manage my time and get my work done. I have constantly reminded myself that work comes before play. Because I have to make these decisions, I feel more like an adult.
Living on campus is benefiting me. It has been a great experience so far and I am excited to live here for the next three years!