by Joe Lynn
The majority of students at Freed-Hardeman live on campus. All in all, we have 11 buildings dedicated to student housing. Each one has its own unique setup, layout, and vibe. Some students choose their dorm based on how nice it is or where it is on campus, but the students who truly enjoy living in dorms the most are the ones who choose their dorm based on where their friends live. It was because of this that ‘living in a dorm’ was one of my favorite things about Freed-Hardeman.
Maybe I should be ashamed to admit this but even as a 28-year-old man, if I could reassemble my friends back on the third floor of Benson Hall, I would move back there tomorrow. I have so much to say about dorm life but I’ll try to cut it down a bit. It’s one of those things that sounds so off on principle. You’re going to live in a 12’x14’ room with cinderblock walls and one window with somebody else that you may or not know. You’ll share a bathroom with several other people and this is where you’ll live 75% of your life over the next four years. Sounds pretty awful right? Now think about it this way: You get to live in a building with your best college friends and hang out all night every night for 75% of your life over the next 4 years? If you’re like me that sounds awesome.
When I first started school, I had that first mindset. I didn’t know who my roommate was, I was nervous, and was not too fond of the idea that I was sharing a room the size of my own bedroom with a stranger. It didn’t take me long though to discover all the joys of dorm living. It only took about 2 nights to be exact. Prank calls (yes, college students made prank calls), videogame binges that lasted until 4am, movie nights, and all the general hangout time you can take in. Sure, the occasional study session is a must if you want to continue being able to attend school, but that’s just a necessary sacrifice that has to be done from time to time.
In all seriousness, the community and relationships that are built on a daily basis between students at Freed-Hardeman in the halls and dorm rooms on our campus are second to none. It can be exhausting at times but it’s all worth it for the reward of friendship. Yes, every now and then there’s the occasional roommate quarrel and the frustration that comes when the room above you seemingly decided to try to make as much noise as possible when you’re trying to sleep before a big test but at the end of the day it’s an absolute blast.
I joke a lot but quite honestly, the saddest day of my adult life so far has been the day that 4 of my best friends in the entire world graduated. We stayed up all night reminiscing about our last 4 years together and when the sun came up it became a reality that it was about to be over (the living together part that is). I won’t lie; there were tears that morning, 22-year-old man tears. It wasn’t pretty but it was a testament to the friendship that we had built in those 12’x14’ cinder block rooms. Take it from me, dorm life is the best and that’s a fact.
Even with all of this I feel like I didn’t do it justice so come down to campus and stay a night with one of your friends in the dorm and get a glimpse of what dorm life is all about.