To Dorm, or not to Dorm?

The article I found was “College Dorm Rooms: Good Value or a Ripoff?” written by Thursday Bram. The article discusses whether it is more beneficial for a student to have on campus or off campus housing. The article discusses the pros and cons of the different types of housing options and she leaves it up to the reader to determine what the best choice is for them financially and practically.


I found this article online when I googled “college dorm rooms articles” this was on the first page of google results. It was an article on, which is a credible online resource about finances. The author of the article, Thursday Bram, has ethos because she is a blogger/online writer and has been writing online articles since 2003. She is a reliable, credible, and trustworthy author because she has written articles for Entrepreneur Magazine and Bitch Magazine both of which are actual professional magazines.

Bram’s motivation for writing the article is to inform parents and incoming students about the facts of living on and off campus. When she discusses the pros and cons of the college housing options she is attempting to make sure that both on campus housing and off campus housing are represented so that they the parents and students can make an informed decision about where to live in the future.

Thursday Bram uses pathos in the article by appealing the emotions that we feel when we need to make a decision that has to do with money. The fact that she discusses two options for where a student can reside, which are expensive, makes us feel emotional pull to get a better deal. While she does not explicitly state which option is cheaper or more expensive she does list some of the factors that can effect and vary the price of the housing options. An example of this is when she says that “While off-campus rents may be cheaper than the price of room and board at school, rent rarely provides the range of services that a school offers. Living in a dorm eliminates electricity, gas and water bills, and sometimes even cable and internet bills.”

Bram appeals to the reader’s ego by pointing out the reality that “The question of whether to live on campus during college is an important one due to the amount of money the decision involves” and also that the fact that “there are some clear financial pros and cons to living on campus.” She states the facts that a parent or student must face when looking for a place to live during college. This appeals to our ego, which is the rational and logical part of our mind according to Sigmund Freud.




corpus reader snippet word trends words in documents


The cirrus word cloud and the corpus reader show that “campus” and “students” are the most prevalent words that were used in the article. The Bubblelines show that the usage of those words were spread out throughout the text, which is beneficial to the composition of the article, because it helps the text not be repetitive. This helps to make the article more appealing for the reader.

An interesting observation that I made by using the word cloud and the corpus reader was that the language that she used in the article did not contain pronouns like “we” or “us” in an attempt to get the reader to identify with her. When pronouns like “we” or “us” are used they can subconsciously make us feel like the writer is similar to us and faces the same problems, which can help with convincing readers to believe what the writer wants them to believe. The fact that this article did not contain any of the words that can trick the reader into to siding with the author makes me believe that this article was written to be unbiased.


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