The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 270
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STUDENS LEARN TO ADJUST
ny new situation could be a
i cause for concern, and one
of the most common changes that
college students underwent was the
transition from home life to life in the
dorms. Terrell Walker, Bruce Hall
Resident Assistant, said that the com-
mon problems he saw with new stu-
dents were "A) The lack of parental
supervision - no one is going to make
them do anything - like studying. Ev-
erything is taken care of for them -
they don't have to cook, they don't
have to clean the shower . . . and B)
Sonja Smith performs one of the many
duties of the independent student,
laundry. Photo by Daniel Gibson
For most people, fitting in and find-
ing their niche can be a problem.
There are some initially awkward
feelings to get over, and as much as
no one wants to admit it, people do
get homesick." Si Millican, Temple
senior, added that "For most people,
the problem is all the responsibility of
getting up and stuff like that. It's a
combination of the free time factor
and the responsibility factor - no one
tells you when to get up, when to go
to sleep, when to study, when to reg-
ister, or what time to be home at
night. It can be intimidating."
Also, as Walker said, "It's kind of
scary. People think about things that
they may never have thought about
before. For example, some people
never think about issues like suicide
until it's time for their first final ex-
ams, and they consider it themselves."
For most people, however, the
move from home to the dorm was a
positive experience. Besides all of the
complaints about the horrible dorm
food and the annoying dormitory
regulations, it was a time of life that
many looked back on with fond
memories. Often, the dorms were
where people met what were to be-
come lifelong friends, and the dorms
were also where people learned to
adjust to the sense of being responsi-
ble for themselves, before they had to
worry about such issues as the electric
bill and what to cook for dinner. -
by Steve Anisman
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