by Joe Lynn
This week’s entry might cause a few people to question me, or at least maybe think I’m a weird guy, which admittedly I am. That doesn’t change the way I feel about one of my favorite things about FHU. I feel like I should preface this article with another of my favorite things, ‘Living in a dorm’ but I just don’t feel like writing about that this week. We’ll get to that later on. With that being said, one of my favorite things about Freed-Hardeman University is curfew (audible gasp).
In high school, especially my junior and senior years, my mom didn’t hold me to a concrete curfew time. We operated under the ‘if you’re going to be out late, just tell me where you’ll be and when you’ll be home’ method. It worked out well for everybody. Then I go off to college and on the first night I listen to my dorm supervisors tell us that each weeknight we have to be in the dorm at midnight (that was in 2003. It’s 30 minutes later now).
Your first reaction is ‘you’re telling me that you expect 150 18-22 year old college students to call it a night at midnight?’ But, what you don’t immediately put together when you hear about curfew is that everyone has to abide by it, meaning not just the freshmen, but the upperclassmen as well. That’s roughly 150 guys (or girls) in the same building at the same time, most of who aren’t anywhere close to being ready for bed. This is the perfect setup for fun times!
I didn’t really gain a true appreciation for curfew until Thanksgiving break of my first semester, when I visited one of my buddies at a state school near my hometown. There were plenty of things that reminded me that I wasn’t on a Christian campus, but one thing that really stuck out to me was that my friend said he hadn’t seen his roommate in 3 days! That’s nearly impossible at FHU. It was that experience that gave me appreciation for a ‘rule’ that really helps to build community on our campus.
There’s always that roommate that spends every second of every day that they aren’t in class with their significant other but you always know that when curfew rolls around you’ve got ‘em back for some good quality dorm time. Whether it’s movie nights, video game binges, pranks, or a good old fashioned heart to heart, post-curfew dorm time is pretty awesome. Call me crazy, but I think curfew is one of the best things about FHU and you won’t convince me otherwise.
Experience life after curfew yourself. Visit a friend at FHU and see for yourself what happens when the dorms lock up for the night.