I have lived in the Residence Hall since Fall 2014. I looked forward to living on campus and being right in the middle of all that the campus had to offer. However, a few weeks into my first semester, I noticed a growing disdain from professors and commuters alike for the Residence Hall students.

I wasn’t sure why this stigma was being created; all of the people that I had met in the Residence Hall were good people who were going places. Sure, you met a few people here and there who weren’t taking advantage of the education that was being given to them, but I saw that everyday in the classroom too. Professors were quick to talk about how the Residence Hall students didn’t show up or how rude and disrespectful they were, but they never once woke up the snoring commuter who had fallen asleep during their lecture as they ranted on about being disrespected.

I’m not saying that all Residence Hall students are perfect students; we are all college students and we are all bound to make mistakes. But to say that the commuters are better students because that’s all this campus has known for so long is also incorrect. Commuters and Residence Hall students are nearly equal when looking solely at their grades: 62.6% of housing students reached a GPA of 2.0 or higher, whereas 63% of non-housing students reached a 2.0 or higher.

At the end of the day, we are all here to get a quality education. It is hard to do that when you don’t feel supported in a classroom. That is one of the major factors that pushed me to be a Resident Assistant this academic year, and is also why I wanted to start writing for The Buzz. I love this school and I want to do whatever I can to help the campus as it grows while I am here.

Buzz reporter Victoria Estell is a SUNY Broome student.

SUNY Broome's new Student Village opened in Fall 2014.

SUNY Broome’s new Student Village opened in Fall 2014.