TV in dorm room

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TV in dorm room
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 9:38am
My son's roomate emailed and asked my son to bring either the TV or the fridge. My son volunteered for the TV since we have an extra, but I really don't think he ought to have a TV in his room at all. Am I nuts? Do your kids have TV's?

Neither of my kids have TV's in their rooms now. I think it is a bad idea because I think the TV will be on all the time and he will get in the habit of watching late night TV. He of course thinks I am nuts, and I feel uncomfortable about this since his roomate is expecting him to bring a TV. I told him to tell the roomate that he doesn't want a TV in the room and that he will contribute to half the cost of the fridge instead. I don't think he will need the fridge either since he will have the full meal plan, but to keep the peace I will go along with that.

What do you guys think?

Robin

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:11pm
DS18 had one in his dorm room - he liked having it to have some normalcy to unwind. Cracks me up - all summer he's been home and NEVER watches tv and rarely uses his for gaming either (since it's not hooked up to the dish)...

Sue
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:20pm

My boys both had TVs in their dorm room as well as their video game systems. The guys would get together and play video games or watch movies (you'd be surprised how many people you can pile into one dorm room) - both are good ways to unwind. Neither had TV's in their rooms growing up, either, but the dorm room is their living area as well as their bedroom. As for the fridge - that was almost a necessity. Unless the cafeteria in your ds's dorm is open 24 hours a day and he's able to get as much food as he wants at any time the fridge will come in handy. If he's like many teen boys he'll want snacks/water/soda/etc. and it's cheaper to buy that stuff at Walmart and put in the fridge than to go down to the Cstore at 10:00 at night or 3:00 in the afternoon.

Pam
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 3:59pm

Yes my DD had a TV in her dorm room--and the price for their "communications service" which was a required fee included cable TV w/ HBO.

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 5:52pm

We don't even own a tv, so I definatly don't like the idea of one in the dorm room.

stacy

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Registered: 12-23-2006
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 5:59pm

With my dd it half and half since she had a tv some semesters and some semesters didnot have a tv.
Since she went to school here we

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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 1:04am

I hadn't really given a TV any thought.

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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 2:26am

My ds was in a suite type of dorm and they had a TV in the tiny common living room. He had a microwave-fridge in his room which he used a lot even though he had a full meal plan. They need to eat when they are studying all night or miss meals. And like someone else said, buying the drinks and snacks from the dining hall, bookstore, etc is more expensive then getting them off-campus.

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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 10:15am
Ugh! I don't know how to reply to all, which is what i want to do. Hope you all see my response anyway.

Thanks for all the good insights. I guess things have changed. When I went to college I didn't bring anything except my clothes, school supplies, and the old linens my mom was willing to part with. No coordinated comforter, pillow, chairs - from BB and B in my dorm room. I didn't have food in my room either and I don't remember being hungry. My son's campus is very small and I don't know the hours of the dining hall. His idea of a snack is a bowl of cereal so I suppose that a fridge in the room would be good. He doesn't like soda, so that is not an issue. I guess I will concede on the TV. Now I have to figure out how to get it from PA to Colorado.

Thanks. Robin
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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 11:31am

Just fyi - ds's U has a limit to size on microwaves and refrigerators, and they could only have one of each in one dorm (not one per student). The size of the fridge 'freezer' only permitted a cut down sized ice tray and a couple of unpackaged hot pockets - so he was always bringing more stuff in as there just was little to no room once he shared in something that small.

Sue

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 12:41pm

I was thinking the same thing but you said it more diplomatically--there will be plenty of distractions besides TV.

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