Living Off Campus

Pierce's New RoomI will be living off campus during my final year at Nyack College. Thankfully, my grandparents, who live within a reasonable distance of Nyack, have opened their doors to me for the next two semesters. Over the summer I acquired a car, which makes transportation between the house and the school possible. I also have a job off campus in addition to my job at the Writing Center on campus, which would not have been possible while I was still living in Moseley or Dunbar. I have not lived, worked, and gone to school in my current living situation for enough time to give an educated synopsis of the positives and negatives of being a commuter, but my speculations and my brief one-week stint of being a commuting student make for good insight into the life of someone who lives off campus.

CTA button for Blog UGMy primary reason for choosing to live off campus is to save money while I finished my degree. Before making this decision final, though, I had to consider whether or not the amount of money I was going to save outweighed the experiences and accommodations that I would miss out on by not living on campus. I would have to give up things like wandering over to friends’ rooms when boredom strikes and being within walking distance of classrooms and the library. I would have to spend less time with my friends in order to avoid paying for room and board. It was a hard decision, but I decided that the perks of living on campus were not worth turning down a more affordable option. That means that this year I will have to put more of a conscious and intentional effort into spending time with my friends, which I am very willing to do.

My secondary reason for becoming a commuter was to make money. By taking only twelve credits, six of which consist of two independent studies, I have made my schedule more free: I only need to be on campus in Nyack three days a week. If I had two weekdays and a whole weekend of nothing but rest, I would not know what to do with myself. So, I went out and found another job. In addition to working in the Writing Center at Nyack College, I also work at a medical office on the days that I am not on campus. This gives me something to do with the time that I am not in class, and the extra paycheck adds to the positive effect of saving money on room and board.

Living off campus is both a privilege and a sacrifice. I am granted more freedom and I benefit financially, but I suffer socially in that I am less frequently surrounded by the people, activities, and fun of Nyack’s residential life. It remains to be seen whether or not the outcome will be truly worth the sacrifice. I hope and pray that I will be able to maintain closeness with my friends on campus even though I will not be as close to them physically.

Pierce VanDunk

About Pierce VanDunk

I'm a Junior at Nyack College studying Bible and Theology. I love Jesus, which is why I want to be a Bible professor; my goal is to learn as much as I can about Him and teach others what I learn. My favorite teams are the Mets, Celtics, and Cowboys (don't hate me New Yorkers!). I also enjoy playing guitar and reading. Connect with Pierce on Google+
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