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Dorms serve as home away from home

Sept. 20, 1996

By Brian Gutowski

Lariat Reporter

Residence Halls are a home away from home for many Baylor students.

This is, however, one of the biggest challenges students face when going to college.

Living away from home and being independent is a new and exciting experience for many students, giving them a chance to do what they want without curfews and other restrictions left over from high school.

'In the dorms, you don't have to answer to your parents,' Kristen Schwebke, a Trumansburg, N.Y. sophomore, said.

Although students have the freedom to do what they want, they still must abide by the rules of the house. Alcohol consumption, smoking and excessive noise are still not permitted in the dorms.

'The R.A.(resident assistant) is always complaining about smoking[in the dorm] and the music being too loud,' Pete Trauman, an Alamogordo, Mexico sophomore, said. Difficulties adjusting to the limited living space in dorms leave some students complaining about the lack of personal space.

'The dorm rooms are small and there is the too much furniture in them,' Carrie Arn, a Vancouver, Wash., freshman, said.

Roommates play an important role in dorm life too, but students are finding that having roommates has both advantages and disadvantages.

Many students feel communication is essential to good roommate relations.

'It's nice having someone to talk to,' said Andrea Rohling, a Vandalia, Ohio freshman. 'But our different personalities cause problems sometimes.'

The reoccurring complaint about a lack of weekday visiting hours remains a constant year in and year out.

'I don't like the visiting hours at all,' Leah Hooge, a Marion, Texas sophomore, said. Upperclassman dorms allow visitors 12 hours per week, while freshman dorms allow only 10 hours of visitation per week on weekend afternoons.

Students say there is less privacy in the dorms than at home and that finding time alone is nearly impossible. In the dorms, the residents share everything from bathrooms to closet space.

'You have to be more considerate when living in the dorm,' Roger Batson, an Arlington sophomore, said.

Overall, the dorm experience is usually a memorable one. Good memories are usually the ones best remembered.

'I met some of my best friends for life there,' said Becky Stanley, a Dallas junior. 'I still live with my first roommate.'

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