Published: Friday, May 4, 2012
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 01:05
The idea of housing selection is scary because so many things could potentially go wrong.
Students could room with a friend and risk ruining their friendship, one could pick someone random and end up with a freak, or a deposit could be forgotten risking having no place to live. All of these scary possibilities happened this year during the selection.
For starters, allowing the upperclassmen to select their housing first left few options for freshman. LSC freshman Jess Curley learned quickly that she was not the only student who desperately desired a single. As someone who does not work well sharing their space and things, she was forced to room with someone.
Not getting a single isn’t the only bad thing that could happen; students could sign up for a triple and not even know it.
Freshman Duffy Webster and his roommate-to-be had gone to the assigned time slot they were given and found a room in Rogers that they wanted. When they arrived at the table, there was no Resident Assistant or Resident Hall Director there to assist them.
They signed their name thinking that was how it worked. As freshmen they had never done housing so they didn’t know any different. As they were about to leave, an RA noticed what they had done and informed them it was a triple and they could not switch rooms because it was written in pen and refused to cross it out.
“Now we’re stuck with an extra roommate that we don’t want,” he said about his current housing predicament.
That Friday morning there was a last minute selection for those who missed their time slots.
Freshman Kaylee Murphy had to sign her rights to someone and put all faith in them to assign her to a room because she had prior obligations. On top of this she hadn’t put in her deposit yet and was afraid she wouldn’t have a spot to live for next semester.
“Housing was horrible,” Murphy said. “I was really stressed the entire time.”
In the end Murphy was put into a triple in Bailey, it’s the last place she wanted to live but at least she has a room on campus.
Vikki Szamocki had a very similar experience because of her softball game schedule. The day of selection they had a game and would not return until 11:00 p.m. That Friday she also had a game where she was gone all day and had to rush to Resident Life before her bus left. She made it there for 8 a.m. and also got a room in Bayley.
Many students live off campus to avoid the process of housing selection, where to live, as well as the rules that need to be followed on campus.