With housing lottery season officially upon us, it can feel at times like your fate for next year depends on where you end up living. Arguably the most-feared place to end up is College Road, otherwise known as the dreaded CoRo. The three buildings that comprise the community--Roncalli, Welch and Williams--house about 400 sophomores in traditional-style dorms and, for many freshmen, loom as an end to be avoided at all costs. Although there are preferred and least-preferred housing options for every year, CoRo is perhaps the most demonized and vocally vilified of all.
If you are a CoRo resident, you probably had a similar experience during March of your freshman year as everyone else currently living there: your group entered--and failed to receive a pick time for--the eight-man, four-man, and nine-man lotteries. You had heard harsh negative impressions of CoRo since starting at BC and immediately dreaded living there once your fate had been decided.
In actuality, the experience of living on CoRo is often very different from what “everyone” says. Many CoRo residents share the sentiment that living there is nowhere near what common sentiment leads you to believe it will be, primarily in that it is generally a more positive experience than expected. The Gavel interviewed various residents of the College Road housing community to gauge their opinions of their current living situations. Here are their anonymous responses, identified by specific dorm:
“CoRo has shockingly been a good experience, and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Yes, it's annoying having to walk down to Lower in the winter to go out or to see your friends, but its a real community that I am blessed to have.” --Roncalli Hall
“It's perfect--a great location for both class and food. No messy nights like in Walsh!” --Welch Hall
“I was afraid of feeling isolated, but instead I have grown closer to many of my roommates. I think a lot of freshmen are afraid of feeling left out-- living on CoRo actually grants you the opportunity to expand your social circle. I've met a lot of new friends in neighboring buildings, the lounge, and on my floor.” --Roncalli Hall
The most commonly shared sentiments about CoRo’s unexpected benefits focused on its “super-convenient” location and community among residents. These are generally most of what is shared within the BC community, but other less talked-about upsides to College Road were mentioned as well:
“There are actually parties here--and good ones, too!!!” --Roncalli Hall
“The best kept secret is that it's actually super nice to [go] back to a quiet and (mostly) clean room after going out on the weekends.” --Roncalli Hall
“The RAs are really awesome--as long as you show them respect, they are willing to let fun things happen.” --Welch Hall
“Top-notch lounges.” --Roncalli Hall
“Mac is way better than Lower. WAY better. Also, not having to clean a bathroom is nice. And waking up 5 minutes before your class in Stokes is really nice.” --Roncalli Hall
“Freedom, peace and quiet. And the best view on campus of Gasson from the side of Welch.” --Welch Hall
So, don’t fear CoRo--or any housing possibility, for that matter. While the experience of living in the generally preferred housing (suites on Lower in Vandy/90 or Walsh, for sophomores) can be nice, it is alone neither the substance nor value of your experience here. The housing that you’re told to vie for may not actually be the best fit for you as an individual, and the most dreaded housing might turn out to be where you will thrive. Where you live will not dictate whether or not you have a good year--college is only partially the moments that could pass for a party scene in a movie. Much more often, college is made up of weekdays, homework, laundry, challenges and unplanned moments of true connection. The most important thing to remember is really that the where of your housing--be it Newton or Upper, CoRo or Lower, Edmonds or the Mods--is nowhere near as important or as influential as what you choose to do with the year that you call that place home.