Whenever anyone mentions or thinks of college, images of living on campus flash through our minds like a panorama. Throughout out our entire lives, the idea of dormitories, campus parties, meal plans, etc. is thrown in our faces. People always say, “You have to give dorm life a chance! You’re in college!” Unfortunately, with the state of the economy and rising tuition prices, it’s becoming harder to live on your own–let alone in a dorm. Commuting to college has become a more financially-stable option.
When I tell people I’m a commuter, the minute expressions and silent comments indicate their surprise and pity. However, I love being a commuter. It could be because it perfectly fits my personality. Yet, I would never, even if I had the money, decide to dorm rather than commute. Some people have the illusion that commuters don’t do anything but study or don’t have any friends. That’s not true at all. I have plenty of friends and I’m on campus frequently (even past classes). I participate in a lot of clubs and stay to hang out with friends who are a mixture of commuters and residents. Loneliness is a misconception of commuting. There are many reasons why I decided to commute. I consider them benefits and here they are:
- Save Money. I don’t have to shell out any money for living at home. Dorms can cost a lot when you calculate all four years at college (add it to tuition, meal plans, textbooks, etc.). It can rack up. I work two jobs so I love saving where I can.
- Can Go Anywhere I Want. Even if you have your driver’s license, you probably don’t have a car on campus or one at all. You’re pretty limited in where you can go. I drive out for lunch, shop at the closest mall, check out movies at the nearby theater, and more. No bus or taxi needed.
- Don’t Have to Cook. I don’t have to a meal plan! More money in my bank and I can have home-cooked meals every day. Plus, it’s easier for me to watch my diet when I’m at home too.
- Don’t Have to Fight for the Laundry Machine. Never will I have to worry about walking down or up several floors with a laundry basket to find out that I cannot do my laundry because all the machines are taken.
- Don’t Have Rules. There are certain times you can have friends over or stay out in a dorm. There’s no such thing at home. I come and go as I please.
- Calm Drives. College can be very stressful. Having time to myself in the morning and afternoon when I commute from home to school or vice versa is nice because I can collect my thoughts or simply relax whilst listening to music.
These are only a few out of many reasons why being a commuter isn’t all that bad. You may or may not agree. However, there’s always pros and cons to everything. Commuting, in my opinion, has enough pros to convince me to remain as one.
At the Fr. Michael E. Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery on the 5th floor of KINDLON, a commemorative art exhibition featuring one of Chicago’s recognized and respected artists, Ed Paschke. His artwork is known for its Pop art-influenced representational imagery, dealing with themes of violence and aggression. Through abstraction and expressionism, his art combines intense colors and themes to convey his message.
For a limited time, his artwork will be displayed on Benedictine University’s campus at the art gallery for public. It’ll feature rarely seen works from the late artist’s collections.
Be sure to stop by. There will be a reception on Saturday; October 4th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Free food will be served.
The exhibition will run from October 6th – November 30th, 2014.
As students we put ourselves through some pretty hectic schedules, that is why study breaks are almost just as important as the studying itself! Programming board does a great job here on campus providing awesome activities for students to attend so that they can de-stress, relax, and have fun.
Last night they held one of their always popular Bingo nights at the Coal Ben. They really can’t make it any easier to give away tons of free stuff! Last night they gave away over 20 gift cards to various places and raffled off a Pepsi Mini Fridge AND a $100 Visa Gift card… And all you had to do was chill with some friends and wait for your numbers to be called!
We had a great turn out filling Coal Ben to its max! And this was just one of the many great things to do during this week on campus. Besides Bingo this week alone Programming Board brought a Hypnotist to campus, had a Welcome Back Bash where there was free food, a mechanical bull and Euro bungee, a free movie night at Ogden 6 and a free bowling night at the Brunswick Zone! Did I mention they were all FREE?!
Never boring here at Benedictine University!
As a student living on campus for the first time, this list will help you decide what is absolutely necessary for your room! Only bring what you are actually going to use! Feel free to print out this list and take it shopping with you.
- Big Pillows (Help when you want to get comfy or lean against while studying)
- Fitted Sheets and Sheets (Our Residence Halls have extra-long twin beds, so it helps to buy extra long sheets and fitted sheets!)
- Heavy Blanket or Comforter
- Pillow Cases
- Alarm Clock
- Mattress Pad (really helps!)
- Sleeping Bag (If your having a guest over, or you are a guest, this might come in handy)
- Shower Caddy or Bucket (Makes it easy to carry your things to the shower)
- Body wash
- Bath Robe or Wrap around towel
- Hair Dryer
- Hair ties/ headbands/ hair accessories
- Make-up (Ladies 😉
- Contact lens case/Glasses case
- Case for retainer if you have one
- Feminine Products
- Chapstick/ Carmex
- Hair spray/gel/mousse
- Nail clippers
- Band-aids/ other first-aid items
- Desk Lamp
- Desk Organizer
- Laptop (This is not necessary, we have computers in every building that you can use for FREE!)
- Pens, pencils, highlighters
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils (You never know when you’ll need them!)
- Tape, Tape, Tape!! (I use it to hang decorations 🙂 ) (Scotch tape and good sticky packing tape)
- Post-it notes
- Index Cards
- Plenty of paper
- Notebooks (Lots of note-taking)
- Pencil sharpener
- Calender (I bought a dry erase calender, K-mart $4, it’s nice and easy to use)
- Dry erase board (Everyone puts one outside their door and leaves funny messages, it’s great)
- Desk pad ( I use it to write down little notes, but it’s not necessary)
- Cups, mugs, plates, bowls, eating utensils
- Small Refrigerator (Max. Size is 4 cubic feet, these are NOT necessary, but it is definitely a nice addition to the room)
- Microwave (Only heating appliance allowed)
- Your favorite snacks (Try to keep it healthy, but having your fave snacks can make you feel at home)
- Cereal (Best friend at breakfast time)
- Water bottles
- Blender (Definitely not necessary, but I love my smoothies)
- Whatever you like to eat (mostly snacks, because you have a great meal plan here)
We have free laundry here! Washing machines and dryers galore!
- Laundry Detergent
- Fabric Softener
- A hamper, or laundry bag (Make sure you can carry it easily)
- A stain remover (My friends use Tide-to-go)
- Paper towels
- Broom/Swiffer Duster
- Clorox wipes
- Dish soap
- Vacuum (I bought a handheld dirt devil, Wal-mart $15)
- Trash bags
Do you need a printer? NO! We have free printing too!
- Ethernet cord (This really comes in handy when you’re looking for a speedy internet connection, we have Wi-Fi too!)
- Laptop (Again, not necessary, but nice to have)
- Laptop case (Just in case you’re carrying it to the library and don’t trust yourself not to drop it)
- Laptop lock (Our campus is one of the top safest campuses in Illinois, I don’t need one, and you probably wont either)
- Extension cord
- Chargers (For phones, cameras, laptops, etc.)
- Camera (Make memories!)
- USB drive/ jump drive/ flash drive
- Small fan (We have great AC and heating so I don’t use one, if you think you’d like a fan…you can get one)
- MP3 player
- Power strip/surge protector
- TV ( You can bring a TV, we have great cable here!)
- Gaming systems (Go Gamers!!)
- DVD player
- Sewing Kit
- Bring something for all different types of weather!!
- Winter jackets, boots, hats, gloves, etc.
- Rain jackets, rain boots, UMBRELLA!
- One formal outfit
- Bathing suit/swim trunks (You never know when you’ll need it)
- Under-bed storage bins (Get long ones, I use them for sweaters, food, miscellaneous items)
- Stand up drawers ( I bought these awesome plastic stand up drawers at Wal-mart for about $10 each, I keep my odds and ends in them)
- Vitamins (Important to get your nutrients!)
- Bug spray
- Air fresheners + Febreeze
- Posters or wall decorations (Have fun with it)
- Command Damage-Free Hanging wall hooks (Perfect for hanging lights, keys, etc.)
- Floor rug
- You can bring a plant (I have bamboo, it adds a nice touch)
- Cards (So many nights full of card playing in the res. halls)
- Board games (Bring your favorite and get some people to play :)! )
- Movies (How we spend most of the weekend)
Tips on expensive items such as a TV, Microwave, and Small fridge:
While these are necessary by any means, many people speak with their roommates before the semester starts and agree who will buy the TV, microwave, or fridge. You can have one person buy the fridge and the other buy the tv and microwave so that it equals the price of the fridge.
Personally, I bought my small refrigerator at Wal-Mart for $128 dollars. It is a Haier 3.3 cu ft, 2 doors, a freezer and a refrigerator. It is the perfect size and keeps all my food nice and cold.
I have seen decent sized TV’s at Wal-mart for only $99, and I have seen microwaves at Wal-mart for as little as $35 that work great!
Wal-mart is definitely the place to buy appliances and if they do not have what you’re looking for, don’t go straight to Best Buy. Shop around for a bargain because in college, every penny counts. Try Target, K-mart, Lowes, Bed Bath and Beyond for your appliances.