Bridgewater State University much like every other college has its perks. Aside from the campus itself being gorgeous (which is more than what I can say for some college’s) has an amazing education system and is dirt cheap (always a plus). However, with everything positive in life there is always a negative…or several. In my four-year experience, here are two things I think need to CHANGE.
1. No Alcohol Policy: Seriously, a dry campus? Mind as well add BSU to the list of Lamest Colleges in the area. I mean, I love this college, and as far as going out and having fun it is all about what you make of it! But think about it, you never hear kids outside of the area saying, “Hey guys, want to go party at Bridgewater State tonight?!” Never. Ever. You know what, I know that’s okay considering we have great teaching programs amongst many others, but what about the experience? Some of us aren’t just living here to just walk to class-walk to our doors- study- sleep…then back to class! Let us have a little fun.
The issue isn’t just that the campus is dry. Some of the biggest party schools have that policy as well. The problem at hand is how strictly they enforce this rule. It is absolutely ridiculous. Not only are the campuses cops circling every crevice of our campus, but the town police are constantly intervening as well. When you are 19, and need help with a packie, good luck getting that alcohol from their car to your dorm. Not to mention how uptight security at the dorms are. There is a little joke that our freshman dorms are the “prison cells”. The first reason they are called that is because they are old as shit. They are so old that the guards will tell us about how they used to have “House Mothers”. Give me a break. The second reason we call the frosh dorms “prison cells” is because of the security. They search us up and down, our front pockets, back pockets, every inch of our backpacks. Like really? Its 8:40 am, I just got out of class…just let me in! I promise you I don’t have a handle in my wristlet right now. Alright, that’s enough of that.
2. Parking: This is a legitimate flaw with our school right now, and I know I am not just speaking for myself when I bring this up. Bridgewater is extremely commuter based, therefore finding parking is a bitch. BSU attempted key word: attempted to solve this on going issue by building a parking garage. Well, not too many of us really viewed this as a “solution”. The garage is located next to the freshman dorms (freshman can’t even have cars on campus). This location also means that even if you do find a spot in this garage you are walking down the huge freshman hill, and you still have quite a long walk until you get to any of your classes. During the fall and spring it isn’t that bad, however during the winter…it’s a different story.
The parking may be a hassle and the outrageously strict rules are a bummer, but these are Bridgewater’s flaws, and you better believe every college has them. It is important to work towards changing and growing as a campus. So until these changes are made enjoy the bright side of things. BSU still has plenty more to offer.