I’ve lived in Dubuque my whole life and decided Clarke is the best school for me. Should I live on campus or be a commuter student?
There are definitely pros and cons to both sides. I also grew up in Dubuque and decided to live at home and commute to school. It was nice to have my own room at home and be with what was familiar, and I saved money, of course. But, as a senior, looking back I wish I would have at least lived on campus during the first half of my college career. Moving out, living in the dorms, and being “on your own” is a huge part of the college experience that I didn’t quite live out. I didn’t meet as many people right away and missed out on lots of events. I was pretty shy and didn’t venture out enough on my own. I would say to definitely try living on campus to see how the experience is for you! If it’s not what you’d prefer after a semester or two, then make the change and be a commuter student. That’s not to say I didn’t eventually break out of my shell and meet a bunch of friends and got more involved; it just took me more time to get there.
I know it’s a hard decision to make, and I wish you the best of luck in your decision!
-Megan Kane, Co-Editor-in-Chief