Spring is in the air, the ducks are incredibly noisy as they celebrate mating season, and the fourth quarter of my first year at university is knocking at my door, bringing with it promises of excitement and opportunities for growth. Yes, I am maturing. This also means that changes are just around the corner. Soon, I’ll have to pack up my things and leave the place I’ve grown to call my home and make arrangements to find a new home for my second year at Massey. Am I excited? Sure. A little anxious? You betcha.
Living at the Te Ohanga Accommodation Village on campus has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve grown emotionally and mentally (not so much physically, my height remains at a sad 5’1”) and learned to start finding my place in the world as an adult. My room is clean the majority of the time now (woohoo!), I’ve budgeted successfully and been responsible for looking after my own health. Living on my own has really given me the platform to develop myself as a person, using the skills my parents have spent so many years cultivating in me (i.e., time management, vacuuming, not cooking an egg in the microwave). The independence is exhilarating.
Now comes the dilemma. My life living in the halls of residence has been fantastic. The people are great, the facilities are great, the fact that I don’t have to scrub a toilet is great. However, I also want to see what I can accomplish by being even more independent. I want to see how much further I can take this adult-ing thing before Life realizes that I’m sorta kinda winging it. So, I ask: to flat, or not to flat? That is the question. If I flat, there’s no catering or cleaning service. If I stay at the halls of residence, I have to cook breakfast and lunch in the microwave. If I do flat, do I stay at the apartments on campus? Or apply for a flat with friends who are planning to live off campus?
I have devised a list of pros and cons to help me through this incredibly difficult decision making process.
Pros of living off campus:
- My roommates will be friends who I know are clean and Responsible Students.
- It’s less expensive.
- It’s a taste of real independence, without the university acting as a “Mom,” so I’ll learn to deal with real life problems on my own.
- I’ll be surrounded by a different environment.
- It’s only a five-minute drive or a fifteen-minute walk.
Cons of living off campus:
- It’s not on campus, so I won’t be able to roll out of bed five minutes before class starts.
- It might not be as nice as the campus apartments.
- I don’t know how good the facilities are.
- I could have obnoxious neighbours and not have a mediator to help deal with it.
- It won’t be as easy to go to the gym whenever I want to.
Changes are never easy, but I’ve come to learn that they’re usually not as bad as you think they would be. So, whatever decision I make I’d have to adjust to the circumstances either way. I still have a couple of months to decide, but man, this is one tough decision. I’m probably over thinking this, right? Everything will be fine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.