Dormitories and Academic Achievement: Are you on the right path for success?

By: Hans Schuchmann

I was an average student in high school. Intelligent, but not motivated or compelled to put all effort forth to something I didn’t care about. I lacked the will to go above and beyond in my academic achievement. Then I entered the dorms at my university. Crammed and constricted by seven roommates, the beginning of the year was a roller coaster of nuisance and confinement. However, at the same time my academics were improving immensely…

What was the reason for my excelled performance? Could the dorms have real beneficial aspects for a student? In this web form I hope to explore the positive and negative viewpoints regarding this subject while constituting my own viewpoint as well. Through my research I can firmly suggest dormitory housing plays a huge role in students’ education. So, how does living in dorms affect academic success?

The Connotation.

I can face it, let’s all face it dorm life can have a negative connotation and there are a couple reasons one might believe them. Two or three roommates (usually strangers) share a room in a new environment with no real comfort provider or a steady safe haven. To top it off, if you’re like myself, you also have seven other stack mates close by to share a bathroom with. You lose privacy or without the self-control, go insane. Just kidding.

But, why let a few minor setbacks affect your college experience? In a college board article, writer James Murray voices his opinion and “[he] believes the variety of downsides in student living not only force students to build new study capabilities but help them grow as young adults.” (CAEPR III). Here is a chart I found on a recent poll of students’ GPA in correlation with on or off campus living:

The Bright Side.

By looking at the bright side of dorms, you are able to expand your perspective and take in all the positive aspects that on-campus living brings.

The benefits are actually accommodating. Dorms are meant to give students the utmost support for their education. They provide you a space where you can make new relationships with new people. All living necessities are met. Most importantly, campus is walking distance.

Most college campuses are set up to accommodate the student. Libraries, work centers and other additional support is provided on campus. Students have the power in their hands when it comes to learning. Unlimited resources and support can build a successful student if that student applies themselves.

College is a difficult and busy time. The classes are draining and can tire anyone out. So, it comes down to each and every student and their own motivational mindset. You can succeed or fail anywhere.

I conducted an interview in past assignments regarding this subject. I Interviewed a longtime friend who I have known throughout the years and who is a sophomore at Western. Nick, the interviewee, had lived in the dorms his freshman year. He now resides in a house north of campus. When I asked him how he managed his time in the dorms he mentioned the many extra spots he would go to get work done. He also utilized the library and studios to complete all his tasks. Nick praised the dorms and even mentioned that he misses them a little. They gave him opportunities in his education he doesn’t receive now in a house.

So what?

The dorms provide so much for students and I believe each should utilize them once in college or perhaps longer. Through the many online resources and the experience of peers and myself, I hope I brought an informational discussion to the table. By relating living residency, specifically dormitories, and academic achievement I was able to formulate advice or argumentative data for incoming freshman seeking the best path for their collegiate journey.

Almost two quarters finished with my freshman year, I am glad to have this opportunity to be in the dorms. I am now a better student than I have previously been. I am motivated and compelled to put effort into school. I have the will to try and go above and beyond for my academic achievement. I am a better student because of the dorms.

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