The Single (Dorm) Life

By Ann Singer, Staff Writer
@annmsinger

Ann and her roommate, Allie Wimley, enjoy the experience of living with someone./ PHOTO BY Laura Verkyk

Ann and her roommate, Allie Wimley, enjoy the experience of living with someone./ PHOTO BY Laura Verkyk

Housing, much like opinions on politics or the best Girl Scout cookie, can be a sensitive topic. Drama can arise out of just about any situation from whose rooming with who, why this person doesn’t want to live with that person, where the best place to live is and about a thousand other issues.

Luckily, there is a way to avoid the drama, and many are finding the solution in the form of a single, or the now trending super single (a room big enough for two yet used by one).

An Atlantic article released Tuesday discusses how many colleges, in competition to provide the most comfort and convenience on campus, are accommodating a rising demand for single rooms. College of Arts and Sciences freshman Disha Wagh chose a single to avoid being put with a random roommate.

“I was really worried at first because my sister kept telling me, ‘you’re not going to make friends, everyone’s going to hang out with their roommates,’ but then I really like it because I can have my own space,” Wagh said. “if I want to hang out with everyone else there’s always the common room, but if I need to do my own work or Skype people I have my own room to go to.” 

But is being in a single really as nice as it seems? College of Communication freshman Alex Siracusa isn’t sure.

“I hate my roommate. I’m living with roommates next year, but I prefer to live alone,” Siracusa said.

So why bother with roommates if he prefers his space?

“You just gotta do it. A part of it is money, but another part is in a lot of dorms a single would be too lonely,” Siracusa said.

Some find it fine to live in their own space and seek out others when feeling social, while others find the prospect of going back to a room every day to a party of one too secluded. But does the singles dispute really come down to a matter of personal space versus human interaction?

College of Communication junior Linsay Kopit thinks it may be the constantly changing trend in living situations.

“With the increasing use of social media and talking to others online, people are much more afraid of face-to-face, interpersonal interactions,” she said.

With the number of people per household dwindling and the increasing role of technology in everyday life, the need for personal space may just be another side effect of 21st century advancements. However, some basic life lessons — like how to deal with other people — are a learn-by-experience deal, no matter what century you live in.

Housing really is a deal that differs person to person. But whether the trend of singles continues on its way or not, the general consensus seems to be that roommates, good or bad, are a helpful learning experience for becoming socially acceptable, suitably tolerant human beings. And that’s something to seriously consider when debating what to do next year.

After all, isn’t college supposed to be a boot camp for the “real world”?

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