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Living on Campus: Independence

by Tori Phillips

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T-shirts given out on move in day for all resident students. Photo courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg Office of Housing & Residence Life Facebook

Need a quick change of clothes or ten-minute nap? Want easier access to on-campus clubs and involvement? One of the easiest ways to accomplish these goals is to live on campus and embrace the title of “resident.” With three residence halls, six Academic Village dorms, and three University Courts at their disposal, Pitt-Greensburg students will find several advantages as to involvement, finances, and personal growth.

“Living on campus allows me to do more events, spend more time with friends and have more time to study,” Melyssa Strychor, a sophomore marketing major and Westmoreland Hall resident, said.

JR Lynch, a junior political science major and Marshal House resident, agreed that there are many benefits to living on campus. “There’s spirit in involvement. Greensburg became my home away from home. I chose to be a resident due to the fun activities, other residents on campus and beautiful scenery.”

Robertshaw Hall resident and early education major Gabby Revenis likes the opportunities that open up for resident students.

“Living on campus gives you more experience,” Revenis said. “It propels you to get involved. When you have more time on campus to explore new clubs and activities, you learn much more about yourself.”

Strychor also stressed that gaining independence is an important part of residence life. “It’s like living on your own but not entirely independent,” she said.

That sense of independence is influenced by many factors, one of which is interacting daily with other resident students.

Meeting people on campus is not restricted to just clubs and other activities; living with people that share your interests or your class schedule can form friendships as well.

Revenis said that living with classmates could be beneficial to your studies.

“If there was someone in my dorm whom I had a class with, it would make it easier to find someone to study with,” Revenis said. “Studying with friends is more motivating than trying to study on your own. You feel compelled to study, even when you’re not in the mood.”

Being a resident student can even affect your finances. While it might cost a little more to live on campus, there are also places where residents can save.

“I know most commuters have jobs due to the fact that they have to pay for gas and utilities living off campus,” Lynch said. “That added stress could be a burden.”

Strychor also found two financial benefits of resident life: “I don’t have to pay for gas [to commute] back and forth to school, and I’m on a meal plan, so I don’t have to worry about paying extra for food.”

Whether it’s to become more independent, improve your studies, or save money, Strychor has one important piece of advice for all resident students.

“Don’t spend all your time in your room,” she said. “Force yourself to go outside and socialize, no matter how hard it might seem.”

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