Submitted by: Giselle Delotch
I am a grad student, originally from San Diego, CA, and I started at Simmons College last spring. This is my second semester living on campus and overall my impression of living on campus has been very positive. I wanted to write about my impression of on campus living because at times lot of focus is put on undergraduate student life as they are the majority on the residential campus and I think there is something to be said for the graduate on campus experience.
Living on campus was the only option that made coming to Boston feasible for me. The graduate experience on the Residence Campus is a pretty ideal situation for a single grad student without any New England ties. It seems that the Office of Residence Life took into account the graduate experience when they planned housing for grad students. Grad students are a different breed of student with different needs and requirements. We've all been through college already, and the courses we take are much more rigorous than standard undergraduate courses. Therefore it is important to have a quiet community and our own space in order to optimize our study time around full time work, research, and even thesis development. The graduate level requires a level of skill and excellence that may not be expected of someone earning their BA. C's will not make degrees when you're working toward a Master's or Doctorate.
With this focus on studies, sometimes it can be a little too quiet on the graduate floors. Sometimes I do wish that there was more of a cohesive and social community among the grad students, however, I have been able to connect with a few other grad students in my building who are always down to have dinner together. A boisterous social community something that I can live without in favor of a general living situation that gives me a good environment to learn and work in.
I've enjoyed my experience on campus so far. It has been a perfect mix of home life, school life, and social life. I don't think that I could have a better experience living anywhere else.