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Written by Teni Odunsi
Most students move off campus as soon as possible. Not because the on-campus housing is awful-it's mostly very convenient and respectable-but more because of Baylor's policy with visiting hours and alcohol. Smuggling stuff in makes you feel like a rum-runner in the 1920s. It's tough to throw a party and have upperclassmen attend in your dorm room. Visiting hours in almost all the dorms are Sunday through Thursday, 1-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 1-10 p.m., and if you get stuck with a roommate that has no sense of humor about your shenanigans, things can be worse than the Red Scare. Every year, the duration of visiting hours is extended, but students have been chafing at this policy for years. The dorms on campus (with some exceptions) aren't really that bad because the school does go out of their way to accommodate its students in terms of amenities, and tries to keep students on campus, but inhabitants refer to dorm life as white-collar prison.
The biggest advantage to living in a dorm your freshman year is the people you meet and the friendships you make. These sometimes casual, sometimes close, friends can help you out at various economic low points in your life and, within your major, everyone has something to offer. Being in a group of people where none of you know what to do or what is going on can cut down on the confusion that's commonplace in the first year. It's a great venue to meet new people, learn more about the school, explore Greek life, and attend activities, but if you want your freedom, make a mad dash and get off campus ASAP.
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