My wonderful babysitter is heading off to college next month, and I was surprised to learn that she will live right next door to boys! (Smelly, loud boys! Sorry but it’s true!)
Her family is very religious and she is absolutely a good girl so I am so surprised she will be living next door to boys. She’s not thrilled about it but it’s where she was placed.
I tried searching her college dorm site to see if coed dorms are all they offered. They were all that I found but I didn’t click on every entry. Then I searched UGA’s site. It looks like the majority is coed. Even my old dorm, Payne Hall, which was all women, is now coed. (It looks like Brumby is still all girls. Even Mary Lyndon has boys!!)
When we went to Georgia, Oglethorpe House was coed with boys living next door to girls so long as they didn’t share a bathroom. So I know there have been coed dorms for 30 some-odd years but I am still bothered by it. (I feel like the oldest woman in the world shaking my fist.)
Michael says my outrage is misplaced.
I just think that boys and girls need to concentrate on their studies and have some time to not feel like they have to be on. They should be able to walk around in skimpy pjs and not feel like they will be stared at. They should be able to color their hair and walk down the hall to visit a friend without being embarrassed.
And boys need time to do pushups and be gross without girls witnessing all the dares, bets and pranks. (I know I’m going to take a beating for this but it’s true!)
It’s similar to the theory of having single-sex classes. They need to be able to concentrate and I’m not sure they can do that living next door to boys!
I do not want my girls living next door to boys when they go to college. (I would have less of an issue with a girl hall and then a boy hall because there is some separation. )
So what do you think: Can boys and girls concentrate on their studies with the other sex living right next door? Do they need some single-sex time to unwind, bond and study?
Did your child live in a coed dorm? Did you? What are/were the pluses and minuses? Would you let your child live next door to the opposite sex? What about he hall above?