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Some universities make it mandatory to stay on campus the first year, regardless if you reside next to the campus. In your opinion, do you think universities should make this mandatory, or it should be up to the parents?

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I think the parents should decide. We have a lot of graduates at my husband’s school that go to colleges near relatives. They would love to be able to live with an aunt or uncle, have the safety of being with family, home cooked meals and accountability for homework and being out at night.




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      Trudy S wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • Parents everytime.  Esp. the first year!!




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      Mztracy wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • Should not  be mandatory, but I think it's a great experience.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I think living on campus should be mandatory the first year.  You miss out on too many of the social aspects that first year if you live elsewhere.




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I think it should be up to the parents/student.




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      Suzann wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • Yep, parents.  

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      Yana Berlin wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I think it should be up to the parents, especially when a child lives around the corner from school. College experience? I’m all for it, if it didn’t come with Freshmen 15, this is where they gain 15lbs their first year, and spend most nights partying and drinking.  

      Sure they get over it, but some kids just should stay home because they are not mature enough, and only parents could know that.  

      What should be mandatory:  all colleges should deliver on education, plausible size classes where kids can learn and find passion for what they want to do with their life. I’m proud of my kids and what they’ve accomplished, but to say that I’m very impressed with their knowledge after getting their degrees, I’m not.

      In Russia, when you graduated from the university with ANY degree, you were well rounded person that could hold up a conversation on any topic whether it’s about art, science or politics. What I find time and time again, is that what ever they major in, that’s all they know.  frown




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      Anne E wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I agree with you Yana.  There is a certain body of knowledge that all college-educated people should possess, especially literature and history.




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      Coralee Flug wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I agree with you 100% Yana.




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      Esther Bloom wrote Jun 7, 2010
    • I think the parents and child should have that choiceheart




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      Kmarie wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • While I dont’ feel that it should be mandatory. I know that your network after college is really formed while bonding during your freshman year. I am really glad that I stayed on campus.




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      Maryann Rhodey wrote Jun 8, 2010
    • I agree that it should be up to the parents and child however, I do remember how difficult it was for the day-hops, as we called the people who didn’t live on campus.  We were friends with them but we were so much closer to our dormmates and roommates.  I remember some of my off campus friends talking about how they didn’t feel like they were a part of the school.  The culture is very different.  Living with others was an important part of growing up and learning some of life’s lessons about dealing with people.  

      I do agree with you Yana about the curriculum.  Schools have preset paths for majors that don’t always allow for the general classes that give a broad perspectives on the world, literature and history.  The entire education system is in need of an overhaul.




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