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A dormitory is the most important facility for some students, since it is their second home. We at Hongik Tidings have already checked the details about the 3 dormitories that Hongik University has, in issue No. 201. So this time, we will look through some personal experiences. What was good and what was bad? These vivid experiences will tell us. Let’s see!

Check the Good and Bad Aspects about the 3 Dormitories.

Good

Bad

Dorm 1

Less Conflict with Roommates – There are 4 people in one room, so actually one cares more for others.

1. Building is too old - It was built in the 1990s.

2. No Personal Space – 4 people share one room.

3. Shared Toilets and Shower Rooms – No privacy and unpredictable water temperatures, especially in the winter.

4. Small Beds – A person over 175cm tall may feel uncomfortable.

Dorm 2

1. Comfortable Facilities – Reading rooms, fitness center, cafeteria… etc.

2. More Personal Spaces - Unlike Dorm 1, 2 students share one room.

1. Lack of Elevators - Divided between man’s (3rd~10th floor) and woman’s (11th~23rd floor) elevators, and also the woman’s elevators are divided with lower floors (11~16) and upper floors (17~23). Too many people in one building(1,066) so 5 elevators are not enough.

2. Distant Refrigerators and Water Purifiers – It will be more convenient if those are in individual rooms.

Dorm 3

New building and Sparsely Populated – It was built in 2017, and only 202 people live in it. (Dorm 2 has 1,066 students)

Farther than the Other Dorms – It takes nearly 30mins to get to school on foot.

There are Pros and Cons about the Curfew System (12am).

Curfew

Pros

Cons

12am is just fine. Surroundings of Hongik University are not safe, especially at night. We are adults, but also students. So this rule is essential and we need to keep it. Plus, there is no curfew during examination period, for students who want to use the library or reading rooms. The curfew system cares for the students’ benefit. No change is necessary.

12am is too early. We hope it can be extended to 1 or 2am. It is common for university students to have late afternoon appointments until 12am. If curfew is this early, students who want to go back to the dorm by 12:30am or 1am have nowhere to go. Isn’t this more dangerous? Other universities have no curfew or a later curfew than ours. University should care more for students.

What else is needed?

There are some events for the students living in dorms, such as snack service, movie showings, athletic meetings and hiking events. Since the dorm fee is not cheap compared to other universities, more events will increase students’ satisfaction.

As we found, there are some good aspects as well as bad aspects to dormitory living. Some problems are relatively easy to solve, such as placing refrigerators and water purifiers in each room. But the larger issues like elevators, old buildings and the location of buildings will not be changed in the near future. As we claim inconvenience, there must be changes and I'm sure that dorm life will get better little by little. As for the curfew system, both Pros and Cons have proper reasons. So to decide whether to ask for change, more students' opinions are necessary.

I am also going to living in a dorm in the second semester. It was very helpful gathering information from the students who are living in the dormitory. Wherever people live, there are problems. Perfection is far from reality. But we humans are experts for change, and the dorm is not an exception. Dorms are students' second home, so I wish someday we can happily say Dorm Sweet Dorm.

Lee Jumi  can9803@naver.com

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