Student Minds

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 9, 2017

Only a fourth of students attending ASU live on campus. This number comes from the two thousand avalible dorm rooms vs the eight thousand students enrolled.

Junior Thomas Hayes said he lives in an apartment.

"First thing is space, apartments actually have it," Hayes said.

Hayes also said the laundry routines were better than those in dorms.

"Having a washer and dryer a few feet away is better than a community room," Hayes said.

Hayes said he also has more things than what one would get in a dorm room.

"I get my own bathroom and we have a real kitchen and not just a microwave and a mini fridge," Hayes said.

He liked the time he gets away from campus as well.

"Dorms promote convenience, but I’m at school all the time, so to be able to go home away from the university is nice," Hayes said.

Personality was a key point for him.

"You are limited to what you can do with a dorm room," Hayes said. "These restrictions are not present in apartment life."

Hayes said it was also the fact of becoming more of an adult by having an apartment.

"I feel dorm life is the middle ground from your parents’ house to having your own," Hayes said.

Hayes said having an apartment is taking that extra step out and getting students into the real world.

He included that having guests over was also a big difference in an apartment lifestyle.

"It’s also hard to accommodate guests in a dorm room," Hayes said. "Where an apartment acts like a home and not just a temporary residence."

Sophomore Emily Norman said she lived in one of the Massie dorm on campus.

"I like having a built-in community, the Massies tend to stick together for the most part," Norman said.

Norman said she liked having close access to things and places on campus.

"Having the ability to get up 10 minutes before a class across campus starts and still not be late is great too," Norman said.

Norman said this would be different if she were to live in an apartment.

"In an apartment, I’d have to worry about getting up on time to get to school and find parking every morning," Norman said.

However, Norman said the one thing she wished she had in her dorm room was a kitchen.

"Dorm snacks are a chance to get creative though," Norman said. "I even make mug cakes all the time."

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