Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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uniors A typical day otl campus? Kelly Butler reads about Tom Selleck while Susan Welch watches television with Jayme Henderson as she also talks on the phone. Michelle Herman glances at the tube while munching some Oreo cookies as Becky Bourlend asks tor a little silence so she and Lee Ann Macleod can study. ow ou're off C HIIIPUS Qsfjtmrofs ,.. Vt.. Q Finally, you made it out of the dorm and into a place of your own. The fact that you had to share it with three other people was a minor consideration. What was important was getting off campus. The realities of being on your own came slowly but sure- ly: cooking wasn't the thrill it used to be, refrigerators didn't defrost themselves, and dishes always had to be done. Living off campus wasn't cheap either. After you got that 3100 gas bill for january you realized why Dad always yelled about shutting the front door. However, most juniors were willing to suffer a few inconveniences to be on their own after two years in the dorm. Off-campus living did have its good points, though. Pro- bably the greatest attraction was the privilege of staying out as late as you wanted. Shelli Barger, a junior from Austin, said what she liked about living off campus was that "you weren't pressured for a specific time to come in." Kelly Hargrove, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., said the best thing about off-campus living was "that you didn't feel like you were always at school." Living off campus did have some drawbacks, however. Laura Williams, a senior from Arlington, said, "Although not living in the dorm was great, you lost contact with the student body and saw only a select group of people." After living off campus for awhile, you began to make discoveries about the 'ireal world." Below is a compilation of several years of off-campus knowledge, things you wish you'd known when you first moved out of the dorms. 1. Who supplied the dishes for the household? Paper plates quickly may have become the standard, No one wanted to wash dishes and one person always seemed to be a "butter fingers" when it came to carrying dishes. But if everybody decided to bring stuff, you may have ended up with assorted plates and glasses, six skillets, four spatulas, five popcorn poppers, one bowl and no spoons. 2. How many stereos and televisions did you really need? You should have discussed this before you brought your own so the person with the best stereo and TV would be nominated. Otherwise, you ended up with a radio and TV in every room of a three-bedroom house. 3. Where were you going to get furniture? If you weren' lucky enough to rent a furnished place, you started with thi essentials: fal stereo cabinet, fbl couch for dates -- just ii case you ever got any, fel beds. After those three were taker care of you took what you could get - even if it mean eating off of a card table while sitting on catalogs. After moving in, no doubt other problems arose that yoj did not forsee, such as how to arrange the living roorrj whose bed had to be by the door and which cabinet thi dishes would be placed in. These matters probably werl decided by a house vote. But what really got you were roommates who mixed uj the spoons and forks and who didn't refill ice trays after fix ing tea. No manner of voting could change habits like that. Having to share the same closet was another disadvantag of off-campus living. No longer could you pile your clothe on the closet floor, because your roommate turned out to b a "cleanliness-next-to-godliness fanatic." Cooking was a pressing problem when you first mover off campus. If there were four or more, a rotating schedul worked for the first couple of weeks until you found ou who could really cook - and who couldn't. But in the following weeks you began to realize Ham burger Helper had only so many variations. Dinner becam the one meal you ate with all your roommates. One adven ture a day was enough. , Lunch was cataloged as "fend for yourselfl' and usuallj ended up as a Whopper. Breakfast was for health nuts. j Heidi Neiderheiser, a junior from Roseville, Calif., sail privacy is what she liked most about living off campus. Bd privacy is a relative term with roommates. Having 10 peopl over to cut out Sing Song costumes was private compared tj everyone on the second floor of a dorm coming to yoii room when you ordered a pizza. But even that wasn't th kind of privacy you had in mind. A Even with all the problems and disadvantages, living oi your own was an experience you'll never forget. -- Kelli Tolion and Charles L. Pullen

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