That is the question. But according to the latest edition of The Heights, an independent student newspaper, the Class of 2014 will not have the option to choose whether they would rather live on Newton or Upper Campus. To be honest, I feel like this is probably for the best, as eliminating housing preferences means that incoming freshman will no longer have to deal with the anxiety of deciding which campus is the right fit for them. I remember last spring, when I was torn between the idea of living in a small community like Newton Campus, or enjoying the convenience of living on Upper Campus.
After a lot of debate, I ended up requesting to live on Upper. However, I was assigned to live in a double on Newton. When I received the news, I was devastated. I thought that living on Newton was going to be the worst thing in the world, even though I had been so torn between the two just a few weeks before. But as it turned out, I was wrong. Funny how often that has happened to me this year.
Newton has been great. Yes, it’s inconvenient to live a mile away from Main Campus, and yes, the buses do get annoying at times. But at the end of the day, getting on the Newton Bus feels like going home. I wouldn’t trade my experience living on Newton—good people, good atmosphere, good food, and slightly larger dorm rooms—for anything. Although everything didn’t work out exactly as I planned, I feel like it all ended up working out for the best in the end. So, keep my story in mind as you all receive your housing assignments this summer. No matter where you end up, it has the potential to be great.
Until next semester,