New cost of living often costs more

When the time comes to return to college, the most essential matter to students usually is the infamous net check.

For many students, the statement President Gainous made at the first convocation of the school year proved to be true. These students checked their mailboxes constantly since that Friday and as he said, by Sept. 1, they had their net checks.

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same. But being concerned about my net check has taken a back seat this semester due to a much bigger and more serious priority – needing a place to stay.

Every year, many students sign leases to stay at places that are not even off the ground. Last year, it was Boardwalk. This year, it is Campus Pointe. These students end up coming to school with a car full of stuff to decorate the apartment that they most likely won’t move in to until a month later. As a result, they have to stay in hotels as if they are on an extended summer vacation.

By the bitter tone, it is quite obvious I am a victim of the “it’ll-be-ready-in-a-week, free-hotel-room-until-then” system. I returned to school with the notion that I would only be in the hotel for a week. That week turned into three.

Having someone to take out my trash, make up my bed and clean the rest of my mess seemed advantageous. Then, I began to worry that if I left for too long, something would eventually come up missing. Being greeted by a clean stack of towels and rags everyday cannot possibly compare to the homey feeling I would get upon entering my front door.

Ordering dinner through room service was great at first. After a while, though, I missed the taste and aroma of a home-cooked meal. I wanted to be grocery shop at the new Super Wal-Mart like everyone else. However, living in a room that is not equipped with a mini-refrigerator or a microwave prevented me from doing so.

A word of advice for when it comes to choosing a place to stay, sometimes old is better than new.

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