Hi! My name is Hannah Iannazzo, and I am freshman from New Orleans. I am majoring in Mass Communications with a focus in Journalism.

When the time came to make the decision about housing, I chose to stay living at home being that I live about twenty minutes away from campus. Also the thought of sharing my room and bathroom with other people was not very appealing to me, since I am an only child. My parents were over the moon with my decision to live at home and the money they would save.

The semester finally arrived, and I had all of the emotions, mainly excited and nervous. We started classes, and I made a couple of new friends and reconnected with the people I had met at Orientation. My friends were going to all the special events on campus, and I couldn’t because they were late at night. After this happened numerous times, I began to resent living at home; I wished I lived on campus more than anything. If I lived on campus, I wouldn’t have to wake up as early, drive to school, or find a parking spot. I could roll of my bed and go to class. I couldn’t even eat lunch with my friends most of the time, because they had meal plans and I didn’t.  It got to the point that I was only on campus for class and to do my work-study.

However, I eventually found my niche on campus. I had other friends who were commuter students, so we stuck together. I joined some organizations on campus and got involved. Once I got involved, I started to realize commuting was not so bad as I was making it out to be.

Living at home definitely has its advantages, but at the same time it has some drawbacks. The same goes for living on campus, though. No situation is perfect. You have to figure out what works best for you, and what you feel most comfortable with. Whatever decision you make, you have to remain positive and do your best to make the negatives a positive, or at the bare minimum to make them work.

One of the main reasons I chose Loyola was for the sense of family and community. That sense of family and community does not just apply to the students who live in the residential halls. It applies to the commuters as well, and the best way to be a part of the community is to get involved. Once you get involved, you too will find your niche, and hopefully you will fall in love with Loyola like so many people before you, including me.

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