Washing hands

More Business, Less Cleanliness?

By Hally Rittmer, of Preston

“My roommate hasn’t [showered] all week,” says one Business Horizons attendee.

Does the change in residence location change hygiene habits? In most campers’ cases, the answer was yes. That change, in some cases was for the worse, and in others for the better.

In interviews with students, who will remain anonymous, they expressed their grievances and habit changes in terms of cleanliness, some who had more than others. Some students re-wore outfits, not preparing for a proper amount of outfit changes. Others however, admitted they regularly wear the same outfit for multiple days in a row at home, but broke this habit at Business Horizons, where they became more conscious about their appearance.

Looking at the bathroom counter and sink highlighted more juxtaposed hygiene habits. To one camper in particular, she thought some bathrooms had “too much” on the counter, stemming from four students all sharing the same space for their toothbrushes. But for others, nothing was on the counter—not even hand soap.

Finding no provided hand soap in the dorm bathrooms was the most peculiar aspect, especially because many students did not pack any, assuming the bathrooms would be readily stocked. Campers were not only conscious about their own lack of cleanliness, as some did not have access to hand soap at their dorm, but concerned about others as well—especially when shaking hands. Personal hygiene however, wasn’t the only aspect of cleanliness that concerned students.

The showers and bathrooms in the dormitories seemed to concern campers the most—the floors extremely bothering. Whereas many people do not regularly wear shoes in their shower, let alone every time they enter the bathroom, that was not the case for some campers staying in Scholte Hall last week. While some felt comfortable, others could hardly stand the thought of sharing a bathroom floor with others. The tile floor was often wet in some bathrooms do to the non water blocking shower curtain, further concerning students.

As students move back in to their own space, and the sweet smell of Business Horizons fades, students leave better prepared for opportunities right under their nose.