By Tatiana Kresefsky, Staff Writer
February 6, 2013
High Point University has some amazing features to it. When we, the students, first came on tour, we were probably awe-struck by the beauty of the campus—with one of the best parts being housing. Here at HPU, there is no such thing as bad housing. All of the dorms are kept immaculate and if something is less than perfect, we fix it. Well, there is one thing less than perfect about housing, and that’s the new housing policy.
In previous years, the housing policy has held that students with the most credits choose their housing first. Whether that meant they homestead where they already live or choose a new place, this meant that the order would be rising seniors first, followed by rising juniors, and lastly rising sophomores—give or take a few over-achievers. This year the policy has changed. Now, students with the least number of credits will get to choose first, after those who want to homestead. This new policy goes against what Dr. Qubein teaches us in his president seminar and doesn’t reward those who of who have worked hard to gain our credits.
Here at HPU, all students are required to take the president’s seminar in the fall of their freshman year. During this seminar, the president tells his story about how he came to America and achieved everything that he has so far. He teaches students that hard work will pay off in the long run. Students are inspired to achieve great things by working hard, yet the new housing policy is seems to say the opposite. Students would end up not getting the pay off they worked for, in this case being housing. To us students it feels more like a punishment, and many of us are upset by this policy change.
“I will have over 100 credits and will be 22 [years old]. I’m a double major and worked really hard to get where I am and I’m going to be punished for that?” said Bree Kenison, a rising senior, on a website created to petition change.
Bree, and many other hard working students like her, will have to pick housing last because they have so many credits. If someone took the minimum amount of credits from freshman to junior year, they would have 78 credits. Someone who took the maximum credits would have 108 credits. With 30 more credits, the hard worker wouldn’t get to pick housing first. Thus, this policy seems to reward those with fewer credits.
A freshman should not be given priority over someone who has worked hard for many years. The freshmen got priority housing when they first arrived, and they should have to be at the bottom just like the upperclassmen had to be. The new policy is encouraging students to work less so they can gain better housing. Those of us who have already worked hard are now getting the short end of the stick.
The right to choose housing should come with hard work and be a privilege that should be given to those who deserve it. Rewarding people who have not been on campus as long and not worked as hard seems unfair. As an institution of learning, High Point University should reward hard-working students with the first choice in housing.