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A College Student Left His Dorm To Build This Home By Hand. The Reason For His Pursuit Is Incredible

Dylan Miller is a senior at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, studying English and philosophy. For his senior research project on simple living, he decided to do something extreme to help him with his research. 

For the last eight months, Dylan has been living in a hut deep in the woods. He set up camp just half an hour away from campus, on the school's Baker-Henry Nature Reserve. There is no plumbing or electricity, and he studies at night by a lantern. He hopes that living in the hut will allow him to experience, first hand, about living with only the essentials, in the tradition of authors Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Dylan Miller is only 21 years old, but from listening to him speak, you can tell that he thinks differently than a lot of other people his age.

"I think my generation is going to make a lot of sacrifices for a healthy future when it comes to materialism and energy usage. A lot of people associate giving up things with less happiness. But I want to show people that you can live like a king even if you have very little." 


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He built this 9 feet tall and 17 feet by 17 feet, with the help of trees and rope. 


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A look at the inside, before walls and flooring are added in. 


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Living in the woods meant adjusting to the natural elements. 


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Miller built the hut out of fallen trees, leaves, rope and a tarp. He used vegetation as insulation. 


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The finished product. 


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Proper insulation was essential to prevent freezing during the winter. 


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On his daily trips to the campus, Miller charges his computer and phone, and showers at his friends' houses when possible.


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The interior looks pretty impressive. He used oak paneling from a friend's old barn to create the flooring. 


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There is no internet, TV or radio. All he has are his books. 


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As Miller's graduation date is coming up, he's now making plans to tear down the hut. 


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He says, "That will be a teaching in itself. Nothing lasts forever." 


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