Lately, there seems to be a lot of pessimism on campus: “My computer’s too slow”, “There’s nothing to do on weekends”, “DOVE’s always full; I can’t volunteer!” Although SHU has its downsides, there’s always a flip side to the coin.
“My computer’s too slow.” A lot of students on campus seem to think their computers should be faster. I’ve had my computer for a while now and haven’t had a problem yet (Knock on wood!). Most students don’t realize that laptops aren’t meant to store fifteen movies, six thousand songs, and all their school documents. Students should use a large capacity flash drive for their music and movies. Without all that extra jazz, the computers are pretty fast. Plus, students are getting a free computer, built into their tuition – so, let’s try not to be too picky.
“DOVE fills up too fast! I can never get in!” As the only major volunteer organization on campus, DOVE’s bound to be full. However, students don’t realize there are other opportunities: with clubs, in Freshmen Studies, etc. Instead of complaining, why don’t students look elsewhere for their volunteer hours? There are plenty of places in the surrounding area that would love volunteers, such as the VA hospital two miles off campus. If students do not want to do that, they should at least acknowledge that having DOVE’s activities packed is better than having them empty.
“There’s nothing to do on weekends!” SHU doesn’t always offer weekend opportunities for its students, since many head home for the weekend. While this is a negative aspect of the campus, its proximity to NYC is not. Within an hour, you can be in the middle of New York, exploring as college students tend to do. Since SHU doesn’t offer weekend activities, students should take advantage of the surrounding community: head into NYC, go to downtown South Orange, jump the train to go to Atlantic City (it can be done – trust me). Why limit yourself to what’s offered by the campus? If college is what you make it, make your own experiences!
Jessica Card is a staff writer for The Setonian. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org