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College Freedom Isn't So Free

Guest Overnight Passes for Dorm Halls transform into ‘Plan-Your-Life-out-a-week-in-Advance’ Passes

By Cassie Tucker
On November 23, 2011

            I truly pride myself as someone who goes about their business without much to complain or fight about. I do my school work, I work, I wake up at the crack of dawn to go to my internship in New York City twice a week and I dedicate the rest of my time to The Scribe. Because of this schedule, I have merely no personal time for myself or for my friends.

The moments when I do find the time to hang out with my best friend (who goes to school at Sacred Heart University down the road – talk about convenient!) I jump at the opportunity, which I believe I more than deserve. I need to preserve somewhat of a social life in order to stay sane, but this may be easier said than done according to the new Guest Overnight Policy set forth this semester (like I didn't have enough to deal with)!

            The new policy involves filling out a request form for an overnight guest (including their identification information) and getting it approved by your Residence Hall Director at least 24 hours prior to your guest's arrival. Sounds simple enough, but things get a bit hazy when you are not allowed to get the request form signed over the weekend. With my busy schedule, there is no room for spontaneity. I am hardly in my room let alone on campus because of my job as well as my internship, therefore I shouldn't have to stress out about planning my friend's stay in advance (let alone worrying about whether or not the RD has approved the request form). I understand these rules and regulations are set into place for the safety and greater good for all students living on campus, yet maybe for once my voice being heard will help bring to light the hectic lives of some students and how planning anything in advance is simply unrealistic. We have enough to worry about regarding mid-terms, finals and don't forget papers, so getting a form signed to have somewhat of a social life is not on top of the average student's priority list. So to all those students out there who are struggling to find some sense of a social life – you are not alone. There are other studious young adults among you that are finding it even harder to have a taste of the true college experience.

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