Dorm Life College is the one place where students can escape from home and enjoy a little freedom. That’s one of the many reasons most students consider on campus living. On campus living provides students a chance to become familiar with the facilities on campus and meet many new friends. For students attending colleges out of their home state or town the campus living environment is the only place that they can make themselves comfortable and find peers to make them feel at home.
Here on campus at the University of Houston students under the age of 21 or without 60 hours of completed coursework are ineligible to receive a single room in the on campus dormitories. Because this policy is in effect it forbids legal 18 year old students from being able to have their own personal space if they wanted to. Not all people enjoy having to change their clothes in the bathroom every time they dress and undress, or having to watch television on the same channel as a roommate due to their only being one cable outlet in a room.
Furthermore, a set of roommates may have totally different scheduling. For example: My roommate have early morning classes, as early as seven a. m. , I have evening classes which means when she’s awake and I’m still sleeping, she is totally disturbing my sleep. My roommate has to awake and find clothing that she is going to wear for that day, iron her clothes, pull out the dresser drawers to get a toothbrush and hair comb, all of the commotion and noise funneling around in the room is guaranteed to disturb my sleep.
I may have only had a few hours to sleep due having study all night for an exam I could have in the next few hours. This could cause me not to be able to function properly on exam day from a lack of sleep due to being awakened by my roommate. This situation could also be reversed. My roommate feels uncomfortable having to whisper on the phone if she have to make a phone call, or tip toe around the room trying not to wake me, or not being able to turn up their music while ironing her clothes to help jumpstart her day off to a positive start.
It’s a huge inconvenience in sharing one open room with an additional person. Someone may argue that housing applications for some of your personal preferences or, scheduling but none of that is guaranteed, and either way it is going to be many unexpected disturbances. In addition to sharing a room being inconvenient foremost, the average 18 to 21 year old college student enjoy having friends over in the room to talk or just have fun. Many of them are at the age where they have boy/girl friends and this can be a huge problem.
Although, there are polices allowing students to have people over what average person will feel comfortable having a friend or boy/girlfriend over and have to talk in a room where someone’s else is sitting there in your presence listing to your conversation or just being in your presence while you are trying to enjoy your company. It would feel as if someone privacy is being invaded in a way. These situations can rise high tension and stressful animosity within a individual.
Needless to say, despite any of these situations a person may just prefer to own their own personal space and not have it invaded by sharing an open room with someone. I propose that the eligibility age requirement of 21 should be lowered to 18 and the requirement of 60 hours of coursework having to be completed should be vetoed as long as the student is in full time standing at the time of signing the lease agreement. If the eligibility requirements are changed, it will grant students their own personal space and a more pleasant on campus living experience.
This proposal will be a very attractive feature for prospect college students considering on campus living in the Moody Towers and Quadrangle. These changes will prevent students from having any feeling of discomfort when it comes to studying, sleeping, and sharing their entertainment space when guest come over in their own living space. Single rooms should be granted on a first come first serve basis. Housing Management sets priority deadlines for housing applications.
If a student decides to apply for a single room by the priority deadline it should be to their advantage. In other words, space availability should not become a major concern. Housing should not take on more students then there is room for. After all housing application dates have passed and rooms have been filled then those who have met all deadlines should be granted their rooms based on the first come first served basis. Space Availability is again, the biggest objection some persons may have to this proposal.
However, as addressed previously space availability should come on a first come first serve basis. Also, some persons may have a concern of students under the age of 21 having the opposite sex stay over in a room that is not chaperoned. But, the Quadrangle already has co-ed dormitory floors. Furthermore, there is already a policy in affect that grants students the right to have guest of any sex stay overnight for up to two nights per week with roommates consent. Will this proposal be at any expense?
No more than, an estimated nine-hundred fifty dollars extra per year that will be paid by the students seeking to have a single room. Nevertheless, granting students single rooms will be more convenient and affordable than students having to turn to the option of on campus apartment. Apartments run an average cost of $563 per month at a ten to twelve month pay period, equaling out between $5,630- $6,756. The average on campus single room dormitory is roughly $ 5,000 saving up to about a whopping $1700. This proposal is totally fair at an even fairer price.
Despite the objections that might be raised by housing management and housing services, it all comes down to what makes the students happy. In reality the students are the ones who make up the cougar family. They are the people who fulfill the on campus living experiences. At any cost, all students living on campus at the University of Houston should feel comfortable and at home. Even, if that means changing the eligibility requirements for single rooms. So that all students who choose to can have a space to call their own!