Fresh Perspectives

There is a special bond that people who live on campus have. They live together, eat together and go to events together.

If campus residents have free time, they can just go back to their rooms or go to Huden and get a meal with their roommates. As commuters, we don’t get that bond.

I’m not complaining about being a commuter, because I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t have to share a room, and I don’t have to pay nearly as much as a resident.

I, along with many other commuters, sometimes feel like there is nothing to do if I have long breaks during the day.

The only time that we have to make friends is when we are in class, because those are the only times, for most of us, that we are on campus.

I know…everything in life is what you make of it. If you mope around complaining about having no friends, you will end up making yourself sad.

The reason why faculty members call the first week of college the Red Zone is because it’s the time when these crazy kids are away from home for the first time and are doing everything in their power to find fun.

These are the times that people look back on ten years from now and say what a roller coaster college was and how much they experienced. They laugh about their college experience and say things like, “What was I thinking?” or, “I had so much fun.”

I’m afraid that ten years from now I’m not going to be able to say those things because I don’t live on campus.

People who have graduated always say what a great and different experience college was, but for me, it’s just like high school only with more homework. I wake up, go to class, come home and do homework. How boring is that? And it’s totally my fault too.

Being a commuter shouldn’t affect any of our college experiences.

On the other hand, we also shouldn’t have to try so hard to make it memorable. It’s like the commuters are encouraged to only spend time with each other. I mean, we aren’t even allowed into Huden or the residence halls.

We have to find alternative ways to be friends with the people who live here.

Although the commuter bond is strong, and we are like a little family, it would be nice if it were easier to be with the residents and it would help to add to our college experience.

We all want to laugh with our friends about how fun college at Castleton was ten years from now.

-Carly Trombley

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