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The pros and cons of living in the dorms

Posted 21 August 2013
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Bellerbys College is one of the leading international schools in university preparation courses in the UK. Having the GCSE, the traditional UK A levels, a well ranking Foundation Course and even a Pre-Masters Course, all these distinguish the college and make it stand out as one of the best in the UK. You have made one of the best decisions coming to study at Bellerbys College. Bellerbys has a lot of international students and for this reason they have in place very comfortable accommodation of two types: The Residence and The Homestay.

Bellerbys College is one of the leading international schools in university preparation courses in the UK. Having the GCSE, the traditional UK A levels, a well ranking Foundation Course and even a Pre-Masters Course, all these distinguish the college and make it stand out as one of the best boarding school in the UK. You have made one of the best decisions coming to study at Bellerbys College. Bellerbys has a lot of international students and for this reason they have in place very comfortable accommodation of two types: The Residence and The Homestay. Each has its advantages and disadvantages but basically they’re both safe and they’re all very standard accommodation for any student so  whatever decision you make you need not worry about one being bad and another being good. The Residence or the Dorms as a typical British person would call it will be discussed below: I will begin with:                                                                                               

The pros (advantages) of living in the dorms:   

   

●    The distance: Living in the dorms or residence of any of the Bellerbys Campuses, you have an advantage of being on time for anything in the college from lessons to extra-curricular activities and meal times. You’re basically in the college so you don’t have to wake up extra early to walk or take the bus to school each day. You just need to wake up, get ready and walk to school! You also save a lot of that bus transport fare too!  

●    Another advantage of living in the college dorms is getting to know other students really quickly. You’re in a building filled with other students!  You’ve got a whole hallway of potential new friends from all over the world! Of course you’ll get more acquainted than students living in private accommodation or the homestay. This is a huge benefit to the students who are younger as they usually feel more confident as time goes by. It’s also a nice and comforting feeling too knowing everyone around you is a college student.

●    Finding a study partner is pretty easy: You’re in a building where you have other students, your very own course mates included. So not only do you have just potential friends, you do have study partners quite easily which is really helpful. Never underestimate the power of teamwork. Two are better than one. Learning together is very essential and the issue of struggling with homework or a concept you found hard to understand in class will not be a problem. There’ll always be someone to help out!

●    Nicely cooked meals and access to the cafeteria at all meal times and common rooms! : Being a resident at the college means you get free breakfast and dinner at the cafeteria with your student card. Don’t fret that you may not like the food. There will be something you like. It’s deliciously and neatly prepared and remember it’s just for you too-the student!!! The common rooms are also free to access to all students, whether you want to relax or study it’s up to you. That’s another avenue to meet potential new friends and buddies too! Now that’s a lovely advantage of the dorms isn’t it?

●    A sense of responsibility and independence: Another benefit of living in the college dorms is you get to be more independent and responsible. Living in the dorms means your own room, your own toilet, your own bed and desk. You’re basically staying there alone with no family even though you do have friends next door. Although most people do see this as a disadvantage, I see it as an immense opportunity to boost confidence as you learn to live and survive on your own and gain basic survival instincts which may come in handy later in life.

 

The Cons (disadvantages) of living in the dorms:

 

●   The Noise: I can assure you that all the supervisors and security do try their very best to maintain some sanity in the residence. But come on! You’re in an entire building filled with hundreds of teenagers!!!  It would be unusual not to expect to hear some bizarre person running across the hallway or jamming loudly next door. This could however be disturbing sometimes especially when you may feel the need to sleep or do some work but to be honest it’s not really that emphasized as the residence staff do try to ensure peace and order most times.

●    The Absence of That Cozy Home Feeling: This is one of the huge advantages the homestay has over the dorms. With the homestay, you are surrounded with family and that nostalgic feeling of home will be very minimal unlike when you’re all alone in your room in the residence.

●    Depending on the type of person you are though, sometimes being away from all that number of students in a residence can be a good thing. There’s bound to be loads of drama and this is one of the disadvantages of the dorms. In this case, living with a host family could spare you from most of all that inevitable college drama and this could be a wise choice if you’re also an introverted person or one who enjoys their solitude.

●    The tendency to live that boring routine life: Not that the tendency isn’t there in a homestay, it’s just more likely to happen when you’re living in the residence. You see the same people each morning at the cafeteria, the same set in the lifts, the courtyard and even the common rooms. Everything suddenly becomes some boring compared to the homestay students that have the privilege of seeing and exploring the town each morning before school and also knowing more places in town as they are already staying with family who probably know all there is to know about that particular city. This could be quite disadvantageous to a new foreign student living in the residence who is all new and alone and isn’t really great at friend making.

OSAIKHUWUOMWAN, Osariemen (LOVE)

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