On Division Housing

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Today a couple of Thrill editors are sounding off on Division Housing. The pros and cons of living in Division Housing, from no privacy to living in what is almost a super-sized apartment, as seen by a resident of DKE Division in Old Kenyon and another editor living in a roomy Caples Double. Full disclosure both Editors are members of DKE.
Spencer:  So we are supposed to write about the strengths and weaknesses of living in division.
Jack: I guess so.
Spencer:  So for the readers who don’t know, I live on the third floor of Old Kenyon in DKE division and have lived on the fourth floor too (the social part). It’s definitely a fun time, there is always someone around and you are almost never at a loss for people to hang out with.
Jack: I, on the other hand, live outside of Division in a dark–but otherwise normal–Caples double. Living outside Division has its pros and cons: it makes it easier to seclude myself when I don’t want to be around other people or need to get work done. On the other hand, when I’m not in Division, I feel like I’m missing out.
Spencer: That’s true, but you really get to capitalize on the privacy of living outside of Division. One thing you never get to do is have a couple minutes to yourself. There definitely is a mentality that you can never lock your door which was–and still is–a little weird for me. People can just bust in at any minute with crazy shenanigans.
Jack: That’s also true. There’s also the fact that the social scene comes to you, rather than having to go out. Living in division allows you to just walk upstairs on most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights to find a party.
Spencer:  That’s one of the best parts about division for me. I rarely have to go very far on the weekends, which I know is something that everyone on this small campus complains about. I love the idea that I live in a place that is a destination on a weekend. But there are those times where you feel a little boxed in. Either the “get out of my room” mentality that comes with having open parties all the time, or the realization that you haven’t left South Campus in a month (we have home, Peirce, and classes). It’s definitely a blast living here, though I think a lot of other people in all divisions feel similarly. The farthest I have ever lived North was Lewis; how much does it effect the way you view campus compared to someone that is a chronic South dweller?
Jack:  It’s hard to say, I’ve only lived North of the Gates here, but it definitely leads to a different day-to-day lifestyle. I know when I leave my room that I will be away from home until I finish all my work for the day. It’s a weird feeling  leaving for my 8:10 and saying to myself, “I know I’m not going to be back home for 18 hours.” I dedicate myself to being South until I finish everything for the day. I’m never in Caples between classes, and rarely go back until after dinner. I know that in Division, it’s the opposite; people spend most of their down time there. It can be nice though, because it’s harder to get distracted while working when I’m not in my room.
Spencer:  That is true about easily getting distracted while working. While we often try and all work when we are in division (and sometimes we really do get a good 5 or 6 people working in a room), oftentimes I have to go to the library or to the lounge to get some real work done. It’s easy to get sucked into the “all of my friends are hanging out” mentality in  Division. I’m kind of in the mindset that if I’m in Division that I’m either sleeping or not working whatsoever.
What are you thoughts on Division Housing? Let us know in the comments!

5 responses

  1. I lived in Old Kenyon for 2 years in between the DKEs and Peeps and loved it . Got to meet so many people that perhaps I would not have had the chance to get to know otherwise. While the goings-on in the evening on the stoop and the quad were sometimes loud it was fun . Now.. Sunday mornings living on the quad side was almost a sport of sorts watching those that snuck home on the “walk of shame” all in all a good experience for a student that started in Norton and ended up in the Bexley Apartments I have to agree though I studied at the library most often hiding away in the basement cubes where it was quiet.

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