Story by Randy Ritter
Waking up five minutes before class to make it on time is just one of the many benefits according to students who talked about living on-campus at Missouri Valley College.
One of these students is junior Cooper Trumbo who lives inViking Village. Like many students, he enjoys living close to his classrooms. Not commuting “save a lot of time,” Trumbo said. His classrooms are within walking distance with computer access and food also nearby.
Sophomore Mackenzy Crabtree, who lives in Mac Hall, acknowledged, “Everything is right there and I don’t have to drive anywhere.” Mackenzy can walk to the café and get a grab-and-go meal without driving off-campus to get something to eat.
Sophomore Ty Reading, who lives in the Bell dorm rooms, also likes how close everything is.
Roommates and Housemates
Students who come to Missouri Valley College have the option to live on or off campus. However, money usually plays a large role in deciding where to live. A number of students don’t have to pay in advance, so living on-campus is very cost efficient. Nonetheless, students sometimes don’t have the choice to decide who they will live with when staying on-campus.
Many have roommates who they don’t know and with whom they are forced to share a room. On the other hand, some buildings have housemates which means each person has a separate room.
Baseball player Ryan Doughtery lives in Young Hall and gets along with his roommate because they both play baseball and
share common interests.
However, sophomore Yukari Sato and her roommate have different personalities. Sato is from Japan and this is her first semester at MVC. Sato lives in Mac Hall and her roommate is from a different culture. “However, Sato said, “My roommate is very nice, and she respects my culture.”
Food at the Cafeteria
On-campus residents are provided with meal plans. MVC provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the day to the residents. Residents have the option to choose the main entre of the day, the deli bar, or grab-and-go.
Junior Nick Pula, who lives in Olson dorms, said, “Free food and not having to cook is a benefit.” Other residents think in a similar fashion. Reading said, “It has to do when you’re broke.”
However, some residents would like to see some improvements to the cafeteria. For example, Trumbo said that, since he first arrived, the caféteria has declined a little. He remembers when students could have steak on certain Fridays. Trumbo would like to see the steak Fridays brought back.
Sato said the caféteria could improve its breakfast as well. “I would like to eat vegetables in the morning,” she said. In her culture, vegetables are a big part of breakfast. Trumbo and Sato agreed that they would like to cook in their rooms. Trumbo said he misses having a kitchen area to use anytime. Senior Roderick Owusu-Andrews doesn’t have any problems with the caféteria. He said it is just fine.
Overall, a number of residents have positive feedback with their experiences living on-campus.
Pula has no negatives he can think of, though he said there will always be situations that can be improved on. For example, Doughtery would like to see bathroom and room upgrades in Young Hall.
However, there are many more benefits to living on campus, according to residents. For example, Trumbo is thankful for the online access available when it comes to on-campus computers. He also said getting to meet and socialize with other resident on campus is a major plus.
Another benefit of the college is the amount of social activities. Sato said, “It’s a fresh experience because it’s a different culture.” Residents are able to learn from each other and build relationships.
Valley is working on making facilities more efficient toward student life on campus. Residents are anxious to see this happen. Most students know it is work in progress and they might not see it happen, such as the proposed activity center, while they are enrolled at the college.
Still, Trumbo and other residents are satisfied with the improvements. Trumbo said, “They do a good job.”
(Randy Ritter wrote this story as a student in the Basic News Reporting class.)