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Students Head Back To The Dorms At Danbury's WestConn

Jelexus Watkins and her parents complete the finishing touches on her dorm room at Fairfield Hall at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A dorm room at Fairfield Hall at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A dorm room at Fairfield Hall at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. — For Jelexus Watkins, a junior at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, life in a college dorm isn't anything like it was in "Revenge of the Nerds" or "Animal House."

Forget those classic comedies from the '80s. Dorms are different now, but it really depends on what you make of it, Watkins says. Some people want to live alone to focus on academics, while others seek to meet new people and hang out with old friends.

Watkins, a 20-year-old junior from Virginia, said she prefers to live alone as she moved into her dorm room at Fairfield Hall last week. Her major is psychology and she plans to graduate in May 2017.

“I like it here in Fairfield Hall mostly because I am by myself and because its easier to study and keep focused,” said Watkins.

She lives in a single, meaning she gets a room all to herself without the hassle of dealing with any roommates.

The room includes two beds (which she pushed together), two closets, two desks, and a large dresser with a TV on top. Her room is spacious and provides enough storage for everything she needs.

“Here at Fairfield, it’s a little quieter and reserved, where other dorms are a little noisier as more people are coming in and out,” she said.

During the interview, Watkins mentioned her hometown was the place where two news broadcasters were killed last month during a live report. “Nothing ever happens in our town, so when something like this happens, you are going to hear about it,” she said.

But Watkins, like the other students at Western, was happy to be back on campus as classes began Aug. 31 for the new semester.

“I think everyone should have the opportunity to live on campus; I wouldn’t change it. It really is an experience," she said. "It’s different from when you're living at home and growing up in high school. It teaches you responsibility in the world and time management.”

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