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Time to pack up and move out

By Communique Staff
On September 18, 2015

For Kirkwood Community College students living on their own for the first time, there are many new responsibilities. These may include sorting laundry, shopping for groceries and managing finances. However, here are some benefits to moving out. 

The new independence of living on one’s own offers the opportunity to learn time management. By balancing responsibilities like cooking, laundry and cleaning in addition to a full class load, students learn valuable life skills that are transferrable into adulthood. 

Kirkwood preferred housing (Kirkwood Courts, Campus View, Kirkwood Village East & West, The Reserve on 66th) offers close-to-campus living arrangements that are student-friendly. For example, tenants sign individual leases that are unaffected if a roommate fails to uphold their financial responsibility. These preferred apartments are also required by Kirkwood to have on-site security patrolling 35 or more hours a week. These are just two ways students can stay protected while living on their own.

Those living off campus may benefit from larger and more flexible living arrangements. These students can live with multiple roommates and possibly lower the amount due for rent. For students off campus or without a car, the EagleCard office, Student Life and Bookstore all offer bus pass stickers to ride routes 7 and 11 for free. For more information on these bus routes and stops, visit www.kirkwood.edu/freeride. 

Though Kirkwood does not have dorms, choosing to live away from home offers a similar experience of expanding social experiences. Events like the Apartment Block Party are held to help students become familiar with neighbors and form new relationships. Friendships made in college can last a lifetime, and living among other students is a way to start making acquaintances. 

Students choosing to live away from home gain a new sense of independence. This independence includes designing one’s own schedule and having the ability to come and go as needed without yielding to parental expectations. Living near campus can also enable students to become more involved in clubs or organizations, and to create a work schedule that does not bother parents. 

For some, it may not be an option this year, but moving out is a leap of faith into adulthood that allows students to learn more about themselves and gain more confidence. 

 

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