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A Boston College student finds himself seduced by the luxury of a fellow student's condo in a Chinatown high rise, then realizes that no, that life is not for him.

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that the writing I did in high school and college is not archived publicly. This dude is gonna reread this in ten years and wince so hard he falls off his chair.

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At least it will be an opulent chair!

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The part about "dawning" designer clothes.

It's "donning".

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I don't even think that the residents were donning designer clothes as they moved in and out of the building, except maybe coats. At least, I hope not.

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Until you've had the customary big dose of post-graduation reality, there will be a big disconnect between you and adults. We are cynical, and your optimism and sense of wonder seem stupid and inarticulate to us. A little bitterness will help your writing for us immensely.

And, really, student speech should stay on campus. We're not ready for everything stupid we do as students to be on our very permanent record. And we also don't want douchebag students who are hyper-aware of the public stage, and spend all their attention managing that and posturing, rather than learning.

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Are students in some years required to live on campus? It's kind of crazy that a majority (at least according to this writer) of students in a condo building downtown are international college students from colleges as far away as BC.

I suppose even if colleges build more housing and require students to have a dorm room on campus, there's not much colleges can do to prevent students from spending most of their time in a condo their parents bought for them.

Though I agree with the author: anyone not living on campus is missing out on a unique experience they will never have the chance to relive.

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Boston is the campus.

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That definitely sounds like something colleges put on brochures they hand out to possible applicants haha!
I believe what the comment you were replying to was trying to say is that it's surprising that so many people like off-campus-or, rather, that far off campus! I don't recall exactly, but I believe it's nearly 30 stops from Park Street to BC on the green line. It's certainly going to be a different experience, living that far from campus versus living within walking distance of classes and dining halls and the like.
As someone currently living on a college campus, it is certainly an experience. If you live in a big dorm, you're probably seeing 40ish people who live on your floor regularly. You meet people in the hall, the bathroom... living off-campus in an apartment is just a different experience. More adult-like, "real world". You're cooking your own food, paying bills...Plus, it's not like the person is going to Suffolk. BC is fairly far from Chinatown.
BU students like to joke that it's not even in Boston!

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Students who live in luxury buildings don't take public transit to class. They drive.

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When I went (years ago) 3 years of housing were offered. I think they are building more housing to be able to offer 4 years to everyone, but not sure if they are there yet. I don't think any school requires the student lives on campus. That would be kind of ridiculous considering commuter students, part timers, some students have jobs, etc. Not everyone's undergrad experience is going to mesh with the "traditional" 18-22 year old, 4 years in a dorm room idea.

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I'm going to rinse out my mouth.

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Methinks living on campus at BC is not exactly slumming it. It is ok, child, cosmopolitan living will still be available to you after you graduate.

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most from East Bumfuck or nameless suburban sprawl, so pretentious and snobby?

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Look like on a city campus now a days?

I don't know now, but circa 2005-10 it made more sense for the rich to buy property for their kids for 4-5 years, especially if they could get rental income from a few extra rooms. I was kicked out of an apartment due from that very use.

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