So, I thought I'd make this topic since I'm legitly thinking about dorming. There are a couple of things I'd like to discuss.
1. Financial Aid
Yes, I know dorms can get very expensive. As much as I dislike loans, I'll have no choice to accept them if I do this. The dorms at CSU East Bay (where I attend) have dorm rooms from $7,800 to $11,500 per year. With the financial aid change, I will be spending around $7,000 more. In my opinion, I'd rather just live at home (about a 1.5 hour commute with public transit). Which brings me to my next point.
2. Dorming vs. Commuting
Okay, some people have different situations on this part, but let me explain mine.
It takes me 1 hour and 40 mins to 2 full hours of commute time to get to school. That means leaving home no later than 6:20am for me to make it on time to an 8am class. I have to take public transit because I have no car. Do you know how exhausting that is? Try it and get back to me on that. If I had a car, it’d be 40 mins max (University is 30 miles away). Sure I can do homework and stuff like that during the long wait, but it doesn’t help me much when I’m exhausted sometimes. That, and if I miss a bus or a train, even by a second, I’m automatically 20 minutes late.
If I dorm: Get to have a social life for once, get to sleep in whenever I don’t have anything to do, get to see the professor without the need of waking up massively early, and do other things without worrying of when I need to leave campus. I can also choose my roommate and I plan on sticking with my pledge/fraternity brothers if I do.
Can anyone share their experiences/personal ideas about dorming? Or if you’re a commuter, could you say why you chose to?