“Excuse me, ma’am. Your cab has been waiting downstairs for 10 minutes already. Where are you?”
“I’m sorry sir, but I’ve been downstairs since I first got the call that the cab had arrived and I haven’t seen it.”
“Well, the cab driver has been in the Walsh parking lot for a while now so we will be forced to charge you a fee for the wait.”
“Walsh Hall? I’m so sorry for the confusion, but I said Welch Hall.”
“Yes, ma’am. Walsh Hall.”
“No, sir. I live in Welch Hall,” I said calmly as I spelled it out for him. “We apologize, ma’am. We misunderstood and have been waiting for you outside of Walsh. We will send another cab to Welch immediately. It should be there in 15 to 20 minutes.”
This exchange should sound pretty familiar to any sophomore who has lived, or currently lives on, the infamous College Road (CoRo). CoRo is probably the most dreadful housing arrangement for a sophomore at BC. Despite articles that praise CoRo for its “close location to classes” and “close proximity to Mac,” living on CoRo your sophomore year isolates you from the majority of your class. One time, I even had someone tell me that one of the perks of living on CoRo was that I would be able to get a seat on the bus since I was so close to the bus stop.
Seriously? Walsh is just as close to the Conte Forum bus stop! Although I thanked them for trying to ease my worries about the year ahead, it did not help much because I know I am going to be okay. All of us are going to be okay. We are adaptable creatures and will get used to CoRo after a year of living there. However, it is the isolation from the rest of the sophomore class that is discomforting.
Starting at the beginning of your college career at Boston College, your class is already divided between two campuses: Newton and Upper. If you are lucky enough, you get Upper Campus where about 60% of the freshman class resides. The unlucky ones are placed on Newton. However, at least freshman year the ratios are somewhat equal.
The same cannot be said for the sophomores placed on CoRo. Out of 2,250 sophomores, about 547 are placed on CoRo. That is about 24% of the sophomore class. Whether you made good friends during your freshman year, are still looking to meet new people, or find yourself somewhere in-between, CoRo has no mercy. People eager to branch out find themselves isolated by CoRo. Those sophomores that had established solid friendships during their first year find themselves cheated out of their freshman eight-man dreams. Kiss all those dinners and late-night reunions goodbye!
Being on lower is not about being close to the “party scene,” although that definitely is a perk. It is about being close to your friends and being able to have dinner with them at Lower. Being on CoRo has a way of assimilating you into the freshmen class. On CoRo you may be five steps away from Mac, but you are also five steps away from Upper. And let’s talk about CoRo’s close proximity to Mac! Before housing decisions are released, you have a handful of meetings telling you that being close to Mac is one of the advantages of CoRo. But wait a minute: What about those freshman fifteen that I gained last year? I was kind of planning on losing them my sophomore year since I was going to be so close to the Plex. No chance of that happening now. And about the cab, there is no way I’m making it on time to dinner now. Cheers to that CoRo life!
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