I came across a video on my Facebook newsfeed, and its content was so awesome, I wanted to talk about it with you. Give it a watch; it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time, and it’s hard not to be in a good mood after watching it.
McMaster University has developed a program that pairs students searching for available housing with seniors who have a spare room in their homes. The video I saw shows a young student who has been paired with a woman in her 90s, and the relationship the two of them have developed as a result of living together is absolutely fantastic.
The program allows students to save money on rent, and it benefits seniors as the students help out with housework and provide them with companionship.
The program involves a screening process to ensure perfect matches are made between a student and a senior, and from what I have seen, it’s been getting a lot of positive recognition via social media.
I can’t commend McMaster enough for coming up with such a warm, unique, and advantageous program. It benefits both parties equally, and life-long friendships could easily develop in the process. If I was still a student, I know I would be looking into this.
I can’t help but think that living with a senior has more positives than negatives when compared to living with traditional roommates (fellow students). The atmosphere would almost always be quiet and peaceful, and ‘alone-time’ would be easier to come by. That being said, you always have someone around if you’re craving interaction, and the conversation would likely be interesting.
If you know someone who is a student at McMaster, or you are yourself, consider exploring this program as a housing option. It could end up being one of the highlights of your university career.
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