Student Perspectives: Students speak out about standard dorm rooms – Freshman

Imagine looking forward to attending Rider University as a first-year student. Anxiety levels are high, and you can’t control the excitement that you’re feeling. Finally, move-in day arrives, and you are anxious to decorate what will be your home for the next year. You’ve obtained your keys from Residence Life and are so excited to get into your new room. Once you step inside, it hits you: Where’s the rest of it?
At the cost of $8,240 a year, residents of standard housing should be offered more space than they are given. To further emphasize the smallness of the dorms, we sometimes have to shove our dressers under our beds, just to make sure that everything fits and we still have room to move around. This has to be a crime — or at least should be.
According to Residence Director Amy LoSacco, the smallest dorm room in standard housing consists of about 165 square feet. Why must standard housing cost so much for such little room? In contrast, a jail cell consists of 6 feet by 8 feet (48 square feet), according to a New Jersey corrections officer, so we are living a whole lot better than a prisoner. But that isn’t much to brag about because convicts are living for free.
Additionally, the expensive cost of standard housing does not include air conditioning. I can assure you that the summer will become your least favorite season, because every day your room will feel like a built-in sauna. The least Rider can do is allow students to have air conditioners in their windows.
I lived in premium housing during the summer for the Educational Opportunity Program, and I often said to myself, “I could really get used to this.” However, that changed really fast. My days of living in luxury are over and I’ve been introduced to the normal attributes of freshman life.
I know that it seems highly unlikely, but I believe the space of the rooms can be improved. With more space for the money we pay, more positive reviews would be given by people who stayed in standard housing. With good reviews on the rooms, more students would want to live in standard housing, instead of feeling forced to stay there because it’s cheaper or because they are freshmen.
Change is needed within the standard housing community because with change comes a more positive outlook.
-Wilanda Moultrie
Freshman psychology major
Printed in the 10/9/13 edition.

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