Taylor Shannon and his roommate are settling in to their new home this week, a not-so-spacious room with two beds and little else, but despite the lack of luxury, Shannon says he's happy to have his tight living conditions.
"I'm a little bit nervous, but a little excited too," said Taylor. "So, looking forward to it."
He's joining 3,200 other students, who are calling UWSP's dorms home for at least this fall semester, and most of them say the main reason to put up with the cramped conditions is the chance it gives them to meet other students.
Just a few years ago, so many students felt so good about moving into the dorms that the school's officials had to use a nearby hotel as overflow dorm rooms to accomodate all those who couldn't get a room on campus, and with the constantly increasing size of UWSP's student body, one would think they had the same problem this year.
Housing officials say, thanks to solid management, that's not the case.
"We didn't have to do any overflow housing or anything like that," said Joe Totman, the UWSP director of residential living. "So, we're looking pretty good right now with welcoming all of our students to campus and finding places for them to stay with us."