By Abby Masenheimer
I live right next door to the president. OK, well maybe not right next door, but I do live about 10 minutes away when the red line isn't delayed.
You see, I go to school in our nation's capital. Washington, D.C. is not only the home of President Obama, the famous cherry blossoms and the National Mall but also nearly 7,000 American University undergraduate students, including me.
American University is a medium-sized private university nestled in the northwestern part of the district. It has its own stop on the red line of the metro in Tenleytown, the commercial neighborhood in which American resides. Logistically speaking, AU is three metro stops away from nightlife in Adams Morgan, four stops away from fine dining in Dupont Circle and five stops away from the heart of the city.
Because AU's immediate neighborhood, American University Park, is mostly residential AU students get to enjoy a suburban-style campus life, far different from its rival school, George Washington University. Whereas GW has a bustling city atmosphere, AU has a grassy quad where AU students like to hang out during the warm days in the spring semester.
AU's campus provides the best of both worlds: it satisfies students who want city life while maintaining a suburban atmosphere.
Now, about that dorm room ... I actually don't live in a 4-by-4 concrete box with a roommate and a twin XL bed. In fact, I have my own room with a double bed and a private bathroom, living area and kitchen t