College is generally seen as a place for hard work and learning. Students always seem to be stressed and in need of time for leisure and require some sort of entertainment. For this reason, gamerooms were created across campuses worldwide to quench the thirst that students desire for their entertainment needs. AWC has jumped on the bandwagon on having a gameroom for their student body.
Contents of the Game Room
AWC’s gameroom is located on the top floor of the 3c building on the main campus. It consists of 4 pool tables, 2 ping pong tables, 2 tv’s for students to hook up their game consoles and an Xbox 360 is provided on one of the tv’s. The AWC game room also has many chairs and tables around the perimeter of the room so that students can relax or do homework. Below is a slide show showing the amenities available for use in the game room.
The game room at AWC is open from 9AM to 7PM. It is available for all students if they provide their student I.D. to the student worker in charge. There is no set rules in the game room other than providing identification. Staff expects students to practice common courtsies while using the room.
Pros of the Game Room
The game room is a good place for students to relax and entertain themselves while they wait for their next class to begin. It is completely free for all students and allows them to have somewhere to socialize and entertain themselves. Freshman Aaron Abitong says,” The game room is pretty cool because just being a student gets you in.”
Thats a big thing for a lot of students because they pay for so much already it is nice to have something positive to do for free.
There are events such as tournaments available for pool and ping pong that are completely free. The game room is a positive environment and it is safe from ridicule or any kind of misconduct. People are just there to have fun. The game room is always clean and well maintained and never has any foul stenches to run people out. Students practice common courtesies and make sure to wait their turn. There are places to sit around the perimeter of the game room so students wont have to stand to wait for their turn. It is quite convenient and a very fun place to be.
Cons of the Game Room
Although the game room has all these amenities, it is lacking in a few ways. One issue that is quite noticeable is the fact that is very compact. It is quite a big issue to most students such as freshman Yesenia Lopez who states,”It is packed..and there is alot of people.”
The game room is just too small for the amount of visitors that come in and out daily. It is about the size of the bookstore in the 3c building at the main AWC campus or maybe smaller. It is a fact that more and more students are beginning to attend AWC and the game room is just not big enough for the people at this Jr college. Students claim to have to wait up to an hour or more for a turn because of the amount of people there. Right outside of the game room, there is a giant window that allows students to look down into the cafeteria. Frankly, I and many other students agree that the window serves no purpose and is even a little creepy. The game room could be expanded quite a few yards if that window was removed. Another issue that needs attention is the fact that with all these people in the game room, there aren’t enough activities for everyone to do. AWC’s game room is dwarfed by other game rooms such as the one at the University of Montana. They have much more for their students to do in there and it is a lot bigger. They make sure to accommodate for the amount of visitors that they have. Unlike the University of Montana’s game room, AWC only has 3 activities available for students. Maybe if they could include more activities for students they wouldn’t have to be standing around waiting for their turn to play. The last issue that has been mentioned by quite a few of my peers is the fact that the game room does not open later than 7pm. Some students have class passed that time and are waiting for the late YCAT bus outside in the dark and feel it would be more comforting if they were able to be indoors with other people.
In Da Conclusion
The game room is a great place when you catch it at a right time, but we, the people, feel it can be improved greatly by adding more things to do and maybe expanding the amount of space. Perhaps our faculty can even have 2 game rooms. I strongly urge them to consider these statements and improve the game room for our students to enjoy and accommodate for our late classes. It would help us improve our quality of life and have more appreciation for the school.