New Students Looking Forward to Residence Hall Life

Photo of a residence hall room.

It is recommended that students contact their roommates and find out what they’re bringing to avoid duplicate items.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.

Aug. 11, 2006 – Students moving into the residence halls at Southeast Missouri State University are nervous, excited and very ready to be on their own.

“I’m looking forward to getting away and doing something different, after being cooped-up for 18 years at home,” said Matthew Haug of Bonne Terre, Mo., who is a recipient of the Governor’s Scholarship.

However, leaving home doesn’t have to mean leaving everything. Haug plans to bring his television, refrigerator, X-Box, laptop, clothes, MP3 player, stereo, some posters and other last-minute items. “I want to make it comfortable, but I don’t want to be reminded of home, because I don’t want to get homesick.”

Students will begin moving into Southeast residence halls Aug. 17.

The move-in list for Cole Cramer of Jackson, Mo., includes many of the same items, such as a television, fantasy and science fiction novels, posters and his computer.

“One of the benefits of moving into the dorms is that it won’t be like home,” said Cramer.

While he hasn’t met his roommate yet, Cramer is sure that it will be friendship at first sight.

“I’m not a hard person to live with,” he said. “No matter who he is or what he’s like, I won’t have that much of a problem with him.”

Bruce Skinner, associate director of Residence Life, has noticed big changes over the year in what students bring to outfit their residence hall rooms.

“The biggest difference we see is a lot more electronic equipment,” he said. “A couple of  years ago, students would bring a 13-inch television and a computer. Now they bring a 25- to 32-inch television, a computer with a big monitor, a printer, a digital camera, a Playstation and a DVD player.”

Skinner also said that Residence Life is considering purchasing larger desks for Southeast’s residence hall rooms, since students’ equipment takes up more space than in the past.

“When I moved into Towers in the 90s, I brought a 13-inch television and a pad of paper,” he said. “Today, I’d be in the minority.” 

“Technology is a big part of my friends’ lives,” Cramer said. “They’re always text messaging each other or messing with their MP3 player.”

IPods, electronic gaming systems and DVD players are a major part of a student’s relaxation. According to www.ipodhacks.com, ownership of digital music players has more than tripled, from eight percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2006.

Since residence hall rooms may be smaller than the rooms to which most students are accustomed at home, students may want to contact their roommates and find out what they’re bringing, Skinner said. Otherwise, a happy and exciting move-in day might turn sour when parents have to find electric outlets for two refrigerators, two televisions or two gaming systems.