Over 2,300 students were enrolled in Southeastern housing at the beginning of the school year, according to K. D. Linkous, who was the Housing director in Fall of 2010. Resident assistants and campus residents share their experiences from on-campus living.
“Living on campus has its benefits, certainly, because I don’t have to worry about traffic every day. I can leave out of my dorm much sooner than a person who lives off campus,” says campus resident Charles Bruns, “Also because you’re living on campus, you are restricted their rules.”
Policies on drugs, weapons, alcohol and quiet hours are strictly enforced, according to Darlyn Mills, Resident Assistant for three years.
“Sometimes they can be a burden on the residents, but overall they are here to keep everyone safe,” says Jessie Willmott, Resident Assistant for three semesters.
Though there are rules, it doesn’t keep students from having a good time.
Bruns recalls, “I had some pretty fun experiences on campus, some I can’t talk about….”
Living on campus is not paid for by monthly dues; it is paid along with campus fees at the beginning of each semester. Southeastern also offers housing scholarships and grant money can be used toward housing dues, as well.
“My housing gets paid for and I don’t have to worry about rent or a power bill or anything like that,” says Bruns, “When I had scholarship money it was great. I wasn’t nearly as limited to things I could do therefore I was able to do a lot more on campus.”
Linkous and his committee did a survey and found that the standard of living is cheaper in dorms opposed to the average apartment.
For those living in dorms, a meal plan is a required purchase, which can be used at any food source on campus, including the Cayman Café, which is open seven days a week for residents.
“A lot of their foods are really greasy…so I really don’t like the nutritional value of the food they serve, but I do appreciate the convenience.”
Mills states some benefits of taking on the duty of Resident Assistant, “I would say the benefits are all of the friendships that you gain and you become more of an active member of the campus community.”
“Many of these people have changed my life for the better,” adds Willmott.
Though being a resident assistant has its benefits, Mills says, “It’s extremely time consuming and sometimes professional staff does not understand that we have other obligations.”
She continues, “I wouldn’t say that it’s restricting being an R.A., but we do have to watch the way we conduct ourselves on and off campus.”
Willmott says, “I enjoy being involved on campus and getting to know everyone. It makes everything more enjoyable.”