Living the Pirate Life!

Well Pirates, it’s that time!

Time to renew campus living contracts. And the process is even better when you’re a returning student. Of course, when you first apply to ECU, you can only rank which neighborhood you desire to live in. And then they place you in a residence hall. As a student choosing to return and live on campus, you have the opportunity to actually go into the system and choose the room you want to stay in.

I absolutely love living on campus for many different reasons. But I think the main reason is because I’m able to be connected to every thing that happens on campus and see my friends a lot more often. There are so many different events that happen on campus, like club meetings, organizations doing fundraisers, games, chances to get free t-shirts or other ECU products, the apartment fairs, Polar Bear Plunge, Barefoot on the Mall and Homecoming activities. Living on campus also provides you with easy access many of ECU’s amenities like the library, the rec center, the in-door and out-door pools, computer labs for FREE printing, our cafeterias and other great eating places, Hendrix Theater for FREE movies, bowling and pool and so many other great choices.

As I’ve said before, I am actively involved in campus organizations, which require me to go to many meetings during the week. The benefit for me is that, because I live on campus, I’m able to get to my meetings very quickly. Any place on campus is no more than a 10 minute walk for me and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to live on campus. Also, I feel much more centered and focused while I’m on campus. I’m not sure what it is, but the campus life and energy here at ECU is simply amazing and that is probably what I loved most about ECU my first time visiting- the happy and inviting campus environment.

Lastly, studies show that students do better, academically and socially, when they live on campus. This isn’t to say if you move off campus that your grades will drop or you’ll have no friends. But because of the freedom and distractions that come with living off campus, it can be a barrier to succeeding. And I have seen this happen to many of my friends. And this is why ECU is requiring all freshmen to live on campus their first year, starting Fall 2012. And I completely agree with it.

For all of these reasons I’ve listed, and many more, I think living on campus is the best choice for any student and I know it’ll be better to them succeeding in college life!!!

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