Spring is here. It is usually a time of joy on campus.
Teachers, students and employees come out in masses to enjoy the beautiful weather. Vendors experience an impressive increase in sales, and social activities put on hold during winter are brought to light once again.
But this semester is equally significant for current resident students. Most of them would have to choose from preserving their rooms, moving to different dorms or moving out entirely.
There has been a great demand for on-campus housing following the record number of transfer students and freshmen admitted by Temple this academic year.
As a Temple student, living on campus is a wonderful experience. You get to interact with students from different countries in the world and different cities in the United States, and your social life gets boosted because you get to know a lot more people.
However, what makes living on campus most enjoyable is getting along with your roommates. You get to establish a friendly bond with your roommates that will last for the rest of your life.
Instead of looking forward to being away from each other, the date of separation brings with it feelings of sorrow and a wish that you both had more time together.
Students choose to live on campus for diverse reasons. While most out-of-state students don’t seem to have much of a choice, others desire a certain degree of independence, free from any form of supervision, especially parental control.
One reason, which should make more sense, is you can learn a lot about what your university has to offer by living on campus. It provides students with the opportunity to explore the numerous organizations on campus, many designed to help them gain experience in their fields of study.
For example, Accounting, Communications, and Engineering students might want to enlist in the Accounting Professional Society, the Public Relations Student Society of America or the Temple Society of Automotive Engineers.
Most of these organizations schedule meetings in the late afternoon and early evening, which may work well for students not in a hurry to return home after class.
A number of Temple dorms are equipped with fitness centers, convenience stores and study lounges. There’s also a swimming pool. Living on campus presents a better chance for students with academic difficulty to communicate more effectively and frequently with professors.
Despite the many advantages offered by on-campus housing, there are challenges students often face.
While making good grades and getting an education should be top on the list, one of the greatest challenges a number of students face is keeping academic and social life at an equal level.
As the number of students hoping to live on campus next fall and spring continues to increase steadily, some students won’t be returning for either semester. Many of them feel overwhelmed by the high cost of housing, and tuition, phone, and other bills can be quite a lot to handle.