Opinion: Living on-campus inhibits student responsibility

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Opinion: Living on-campus inhibits student responsibility

An NMSU student walks in the halls of new residence center, Juniper Hall on Aug. 19.

An NMSU student walks in the halls of new residence center, Juniper Hall on Aug. 19.

Mitchell Allred

An NMSU student walks in the halls of new residence center, Juniper Hall on Aug. 19.

Mitchell Allred

Mitchell Allred

An NMSU student walks in the halls of new residence center, Juniper Hall on Aug. 19.

This letter was received from a student and does not reflect the views of The Round Up.

Living on campus shouldn’t be a requirement for first-year students, it should be an option for all students.

Living off-campus can help you become more independent and will give you more space. According to an article by the U.S. News, students that live off-campus tend to be more responsible because they experience the responsibility of paying the rent, cooking and managing their money. 

Living off-campus can be a cash course of responsibility. Becoming independent is a big part of college, and living on campus can slow the process down. Renting a place off-campus can also give you more privacy. The biggest rooms have a length of 223 inches and a width of 133 inches. This space has to be shared with a roommate, and the bathroom not only has to be shared with roommates but also with the suite-mates.

Privacy is really important for everyone but when you have a stranger living in the same room you really don’t have any privacy at all. Being a first-year student and having to live on campus you are also required to buy a dining plan. The dining plans can vary on how much meals a student will be buying per semester, but these dining plans can increase the cost of living for a student. Thus, meal plans add to the hardships first-year students have to face. 

Living on campus can not only detain first-year students from becoming independent but can also make them pay an unnecessary amount for dining plans by living on campus.

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