Being a college athlete means early morning practices, late night games and trying to catch a nap whenever you can.
Along with the physical stress on a college athlete, they struggle to balance being a full-time student as well.
With practices as early as 6 a.m. and ending hours before the start of their first class, athletes are beginning to feel the frustration of having nowhere to go without on-campus living.
That’s why many CCSJ athletes hoped for student dorms for the 2017-2018 school term.
But some are disappointed to learn that Calumet College won’t be breaking ground anytime soon due to a denial from a local bank.
“I really was disappointed because as a college athlete that does not have a job I have no time and money. Which means it is a struggle to pay rent and NIPSCO every month,” CCSJ freshman baseball player Trevor Johnson said. “If there were dorms I would be in a better financial state and that could reduce the amount of stress that I already have as a college student.”
Sophomore women’s basketball player Jasmine Southcombe said having no dorms can make it tough for CCSJ to recruit players.
“It’s hard to get people to come here without on-campus living as people don’t want to be paying rent and cooking for themselves. I also feel like there is not a big enough student life on campus because so many people commute,” Southcombe said. “It’s a massive turn-off coming here to a school not having dorms.”
But not all college athletes are disappointed by the loss of dorm for at least another year.
Lachlan Douglar, a sophomore soccer player, said, “I personally don’t like dorms because for me I’ve moved out of my home and live by myself (with roommates). Dorms would rather be like living at home with the rules and such. However, for students who can afford the extra cost and want t live closer to school, it would be incredibly convenient.”
Living on your own is a great part of adulthood but certainly, comes at a cost.
Some students feel as though a part of college is missing without dorm life.
Junior men’s volleyball athlete Tim Williams said, “I’m disappointed because having dorms is a part of the college experience, but with having my own house I have my own rules and don’t have to check anybody in with the RA’s (residential assistants) if they come over so that’s cool.”
Although a part of college may be missing, living without parental or school boundaries is also a win.
CCSJ has survived without dorms for decades.
However, how much longer can we get by paying rent and/or overcoming a long commute? How many more students will we lose because we have nowhere for them to live?
Do not give up hope quite yet.
The fight for dorms at CCSJ is not over.
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