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For the past five years, I did what is known in the higher education profession as “living in.” Some of you may know what I’m talking about, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a brief review. I used to work in residence life, and part of my “compensation” was to live in a residence hall along with the students. No, I didn’t live in a dorm room, I lived in a full-sized grown up apartment that just so happened to be attached to a residence hall.
So when my husband came across this article last week about Marshall athletic Director Mike Hamrick, I called SHENANIGANS! Only a few short months ago, I was living in the same situation as Mr. Hamrick, and I can assure you that my experience was not the PR fairy-tale depicted in that article.
Let me shed some light (read: honesty) on the situation…
“Mike Hamrick’s experience as a first-year resident in South Residence Hall is like that of most freshmen. He eats pizza and watches ball games with the guys in the dorm lounge…”
SHENANIGANS! College students don’t want to hang out with you. I’m sure that the game that you watched with them was the most awkward three hours of their lives.
“Hamrick, a 1980 graduate of Marshall University, describes his experience of living in a residence hall as enjoyable.”
Oh enjoyable, is it? Tell me, what is the most enjoyable? The loud music played at all hours of the day? Slamming doors? High-heeled shoes traipsing the stairwell at 3am? Fire alarms in the middle of the night? Drunks screaming profanities at the top of their lungs? SHENANIGANS!
“At first, the students looked at me kind of funny like ‘who is this old guy?’” Hamrick said.”
At first? SHENANIGANS! They will continue to look at you that way as long as you live in that dorm. They realize that you’re older but they also think that you must be a student. Basically what this means is that they will rarely say hi to you, even when spoken to, and strangely look at you as you carry in groceries.
“Hamrick said he will continue to live in the residence hall until the end of the semester when his wife will move to Huntington.”
SHENANIGANS! A-ha! Now we know why Mr. Hamrick is finding this experience enjoyable. There’s an end in sight. A semester is hardly long enough to grow tired of the trade-offs of free rent. Try doing it for five years and then you’ll see what I mean.
“Hamrick agreed his experience is like being a college freshman.”
SHENANIGANS! Nothing makes you feel less like a college student than being an adult and living amongst college students. You suddenly become “the man.” You start to hate loud music, alcohol, and fun.
“Hamrick said he is going to miss the students when he moves out this winter.”
Oh really, are you? SHENANIGANS! I bet you won’t miss the feeling that you never get to go home. You know how nothing is more satisfying than going home for the evening or the weekend after a bad day or a long week? Well imagine if you lived where you worked. There’s no escape. College students are there in the morning, the afternoon, the evening, and the weekend. The only sweet release is the holidays and unfortunately, you tend to leave during that time as well. Mr. Hamrick, you won’t miss them, you’re gonna miss the free rent.
Shenanigans aside, it’s awesome to work with college students. I miss it every day. You know, because I’m still unemployed. But it is decidedly NOT awesome to live with college students and I thank God every day that I don’t.