University of Dystopia

Based on our definition of dystopia, I would say aspects of University life is dystopian. The regulation of both behavior and physical bodies on our campus is what makes this University dystopian. I find that when a University’s administration is out of touch with its students and inconsiderate of their everyday experiences both on and off campuses as they relate to school, it often becomes oppressive to the student. Administration rarely interacts with the student body on a daily basis, yet they continue to make uniformed decisions that may harm students despite their intent.At our University when attempts are made to have the administration and student body interact it is often at the convenience of administration and not a compromise for both. So when this happens administration starts to look like the proverbial Big Brother from 1984. They’re always watching and making decisions but the their own benefit and not for the greater good.

For example, Dorm life is dystopian. I have lived in an on-campus dorm for 3 years and it is absolutely awful. While I am not one to be annoyed by rules or obeying them, some dormitory rules are fairly arbitrary and quite useless. I had a skillet in my room for the Fall ’19 semester because I was sick and tired of eating Sodexo meals and so was my GI tract. One day, after cooking, I let my skillet cool down on the sink and not even thinking left to go hang out with my friends. When I got back my room door was unlocked, my lights were on, and my skillet was gone. I had no idea who had been in my room as there was no note and no room check slip that is normally left. Turns out my RA had decided to do room checks angry and was negligent in doing so. That is dystopian to me because someone was able to come into my room and leave my personal belongings vulnerable as well as confiscate something out of a place that I am supposed to call “home”. Dorm life is really like a big brother situation, you and your actions are constantly being observed. 

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