University education is the most important milestone of an individual’s professional and personal growth. The time spent during university leaves a deep impact on most of the students.The living environment plays a key role for an individual student for the duration of their education (W. J. Bruce Fleming, 2012). Managing our time to study, making friends with others, and choosing a temporary place to live are the matters that often happen to college students. Choosing a place to live in may be so difficult when there are so many options. According to College data, They found that students who lived on campus for two years were 25% more likely to graduate than students who lived on campus only during their first year. Also, according to research done by Araujo & Murray, students who live on dormitory achieve larger gains from college when in comes to measures of critical thinking and cognitive skills than students who lived on an apartment. To overcome that problem, many universities offer a dormitory for students. I believe that living in dormitory giving more advantages rather than disadvantages.
First, dormitory is a great place to meet new people. It’s easier to make friends when everyone lives in dormitory. Everyone will be nervous, excited and ready to mingle at the start of the year. So, by living in a student dorm, you can take advantage of the friendly atmosphere and make some close bonds (research of Cambridge and Oxford University). Some dorms even comprise of mostly international students, so that’s an added bonus if you want to make friends from all over the world. According to Barry University website, dormitory is more than just a place to live and study, it will provide a place where college memories are made. It’s also a nice and comfortable feeling too knowing everyone around you is a college student.
Second, living in the dormitory will provide a safe environment. Based on Barry University, Usually, a dormitory is located near campus. The distance between dormitory and the campus is only 5-10 minutes away by feet. So, we don’t have to worry about the transportation to go to the campus because we can reach campus by walking. Additionally, dormitory area is secured 24 hours a day by trained security officers, added with a surveillance camera.
Third, Dormitory has plenty of facilities to make sure the comfort of residents. The dormitory provides sport facilities, public facilities and any personal facilities. Sport facilities that are available in the dormitory such as volleyball court, basketball court, outdoor badminton court, and table tennis. For studying activities, usually there are some bucks that used to gather or do discussion. Additionally, in every room, there is a Wi-Fi connection for the needs of its resident of internet, either it is for helping them for the assignments or for their entertainment.
From the other side, the dormitory rent fee is expensive, but the benefits which you experience will be worth it. The expenses are including all costs for maintenance and salaries that provided by the management or administration. According to College data, Unlike apartments or rented house, dorms do not have leases or monthly bills, so there is no worrying about legal contracts or late payments. You pay one big price at the beginning of the semester that usually includes all utilities, Wi-Fi and cable. We can do complaining for 24 hours if there is any wrongdoing or damage. So, it means the services that students receive quite worth the cost.
In conclusion, dormitory is a great place to live for the students. According to US college data, students who live on campus have also been shown to have a much higher rate of graduation. Also, The good environment and services are the main reasons why living in dormitory is a good choice. Just like Juan Somavia said “ you are the key to your safety”. So, I believe that living in dormitory giving more advantages rather than disadvantages to students.
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