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On second thought ...

... Local senior goes co-ed at Tufts dorm

by Dorothy O'Connor

When I was in college at B.U. just after World War II ended, if a MAN appeared above the first floor of the dormitory, all sorts of screaming and confusion resulted. But times have changed.

I recently visited a young woman, one of my extended family, at her dorm on the Tufts University campus in Medford. Although I've lived in the Boston area now for decades and have been on a number of college campuses, I had never before been to Tufts. I was impressed in many respects.

Her dormitory is a co-ed building. It was an interesting and exhilarating experience. The young men across the hall wandered into the room and shook my hand cordially when Chelsea introduced me. They are obviously good friends of hers. I met a number of students of both genders. They were unfailingly friendly and polite.  

Not having had any brothers, I grew up regarding the boys I knew as either mysterious creatures, competitors for good grades, or possible romantic figures. I never had a real male friend until very recently. It is a rewarding, comfortable experience. Seeing the friendships between the sexes in Chelsea's dorm gave me second thoughts about co-ed dorms. I now think it is a healthy development which I applaud.


January 7, 2011


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