A home away from home is what we are all told about dorm life.
With majority of freshman living in the dorms on campus many must adjust to the way things are, whether it be a positive adjustment or a negative one. Some adjustments include no curfew, no one to tell you to do your homework, no one to tell you your outfit is slutty, or you better put on a sweater.
Some students are relieved from the pressures of parental control, enjoying every minute of it in fact. With many students coming in at 3 a.m., binge drinking on a Tuesday night, and putting homework off till the hour before class there is really no pressures from the parental.
So where is the balance between freedom and rebellion?
Jackie Hudson is Administrative Community Advisor (ACA) on the second floor of Pearce dormitory.
With a completed undergraduate degree in Criminal justice Hudson is also working on masters in public administration. Jackie spends her time keeping track of paperwork, receipts, and helping out the RLC, which is different, then any regular CA. There are typically one ACA to every building and one RLC. Jackie came to Eastern Washington University from Lynden Washington, which is found north of Bellingham.
“Being a CA is good money, but the main perk is being able to live where you work, you can go to work in your Pajamas,” said Hudson. With any job there are various pitfalls an employee will encounter.
“Residents see me from negative views,” said Jackie.
Many students that have been around the block know what to expect from a CA, but for many freshman students it is all still a mystery.
“Our main job is to resolve conflicts between roommates, report alcohol situations to the police, do rounds, secure the building and create a community within the dormitory,” said Hudson. With the mystery of who and exactly are CA’s solved, there is still more to know about every single one.
“We are not here to be law enforcements, we don’t like getting students in trouble, it makes for less paperwork at the end of the night, it isn’t our faults, we are just doing our jobs,” said Hudson.