Augie housing frustrations

 

I’m slightly calmer about it now, but if you asked me about housing two weeks ago, I would have given you way more than my two cents about it. In a frustrated and despairing tone, no less.

Residence life says in their emails they know contracting for a different room or house can be stressful, yet they don’t begin to address the problem until late February, even when students are already trying to plan their situation for next year a month or two before.

You spend time debating who to live with, what floor to live on, on or off campus, how much will it cost, what the theme house options are, when are homesteading applications due and the list continues.

While you’re stressing out about all those questions and more, residential life promises they have a calendar that is nowhere to be found.

Although, even if you have a great plan set up, the random room selection number system could pull the doormat right out from under you. I’m technically a senior in credits, and I still had to cross my fingers in hopes I wouldn’t get screwed over by another lottery system.

Current freshman, you can now choose between, hold the applause, two towers on the opposite side of campus. I have lived in both, and I can honestly say there is no difference. You’ll get a wide array of weirdos, partiers and people who leave their dishes in the sink no matter which floor of Stavig or Granskou you’re on. Plus, it’s all the same bulky furniture and a miserable distance away from the Elmen.

Sophomores and juniors, if you’re moving off-campus next year then you must be excited to shovel your own snow, take out your own trash and lose 10 percent of any Augustana scholarship you have. Maybe the benefits outweigh the cons, such as having your own kitchen, but remember to sign up for a meal plan or expect another 10 percent of your scholarship to be cut. It’s a win-win. Just not for you.

If you choose to live on campus, then you better hope to have a good room selection number and that most people aren’t homesteading their theme house or apartments. After searching the Augie website, I finally found the list of options for housing. However, it wasn’t as informative as one would want, and the costs weren’t up-to-date.

Maybe I’m the only one lost in this housing fog, but there was no information on house amenities or even how many people live in Duluth or Summit apartments. Good thing I have knowledgeable friends to find answers before residence life even mentioned the idea of having housing information sessions.

I could barely look at the list anyway because last year’s costs brought tears to my eyes. I don’t want to think about paying Augie’s steep rent next year anymore than I want to think about the recent tuition increase. The Bridesmaid’s quote provides great context for when I’ll trudge into the business office to pay my bill: “Help me, I’m poor.”

Graduating seniors, congratulations. You’ve made it through unscathed of Augie’s horrific housing procedures and options. I applaud you. Good luck finding a place in the real world.

Luckily, I found some great ladies to room with, and we are crossing our fingers worked for getting a decent room selection number. It was easier freshman year when you were assigned everything. We like choices though; Augie just doesn’t like giving them to you.