Why I chose to live on campus

Shannon Stevely

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA Early Childhood Studies
Category: Education

30 April 2018

Making the decision to move out from my family home and to live on campus was a risky decision (and if anyone knows me, they know I hate making decisions!)

I was moving out to go and live with complete strangers, how scary! I was thinking 'What if I don’t get along with them? I have to live with them for a whole year', but it was a risk I was willing to take.

I chose to live on campus because I wanted the ‘full uni experience’, meeting new people and seeing what the big hype about going to university was. Not so exciting when I realised I had to cook, clean, wash up and tidy up after myself: independence had well and truly begun! Luckily I am a tidy person, however the thought of having to make decisions every day on what to cook was going to be a mission.

When it came to moving in, all these emotions were running through my mind and the closer I got to campus, the sicker I was feeling. One of my flat mates was also in the process of moving in when I arrived, so we instantly started to get to know each other. We then made friends with other students on campus and this network grew when we went to different events that were being held.

As this was my first time moving away and living on my own, the first few weeks were a little bit difficult. It was weird not waking up and having my family around to talk to. However, it got easier!

Lectures began so I met loads of new people and made friends with two girls that also lived on campus. We would all get together on nights out, so I was meeting new people all the time. This is where living on campus was a miracle because it was literally a five-minute walk from my flat to my lectures.

Choosing to live on campus was one of the best decisions I have made because I have grown as an individual and I am now more confident. I've also formed many friendships and memories that will stay with me forever, which have enriched my uni experience.

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