My senior year, I am living somewhere new: St. Martin’s! After three wonderful years in St. Ann’s, this change of scenery is more than welcome. As a third year RA, I joke that this is my fourth year as a freshmen, as I happily reside in St. Martins on the 13th floor.
Though I am one of few upperclassmen on this side of campus, I want to highlight a few positives of staying on campus as an upperclassman!
– Just one rent bill: In both freshmen living learning centers, and upperclassmen buildings, the bills will come in one lump. For example, from my short summer stint in Brottier, I received only one bill each month, including rent, cable, air-conditioning, and electricity. This is much easier to manage and keep track up, especially with all the stress of studying and time management.
– Safety: Though we live in the relatively safe city of Pittsburgh, having a police department right in your yard brings that added safety that living on off campus housing cannot.
– Ease: Some of my friends have trouble getting to class on time (or at all!!) because of the commute from the South Side of other parts of the city, especially without a car. Living in an upperclassman building ensures that you are on campus and brings that added incentive to get to class every day.
– My favorite thing about Martin’s so far: the view!! If you’ve lived in St Ann’s, you know the view, while beautiful, does not have any city-front windows. Now, I wake up every morning, pull up my blinds, and look at the beautiful city that I call home!