As part of its special Prefrosh Preview series, Vox invited Class of 2015 students to ask any burning questions they might have about the upcoming year. We’ve collected all your questions and provided responses to your most frequent queries below.
Do I have to read How to Read the Air and write the response paper?
Let’s just say that Vox does not want to be held responsible for a whole class of freshman skipping out on the Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop.
The standard threat is that if you don’t complete the paper you will get a bad housing lottery number. That said, it seems highly unlikely that Housing would be able to coordinate with other University departments to that degree.
Are there any “hidden” places on campus or in the town that are often overlooked but are great for studying or hanging out?
As far as study spots go, alum Chris Heller’s post from last year provides a good inventory of spaces to crack open a book. I particularly enjoy Hariri (if I can find a room) or the Medical Library.
Otherwise, we really enjoy the observatory and other places mentioned in former Voice Editor-in-Chief Molly Redden’s 4/20 post. Other cool places to check out are the herb garden and experimental urban farm next to the Medical-Dental Building on the medical campus.
What is the best freshman dorm?
Most people will defend their freshman dorm. Between bathrooms in Village C, sinks and space in New South, and clusters and quiet in Harbin, they’re all kind of the same.
The exception is Darnall, whose residents usually have a masochistic obsession with hating their admittedly cramped, squalid conditions. Others will defend Darnall with an insistence bordering on Stockholm syndrome.
Should I buy dorm stuff at home or buy in Washington?
As we said before, it’s probably better to wait and buy in Washington. You probably don’t need as much as you think.
How many meals should I get on my meal plan?
If you like breakfast, get 14 meals. However, speaking as someone who used to like breakfast, the inevitable late-night college schedule will make it difficult to squeeze out 14 meals every week. So, it’s probably better to get 10 meals.
What are the major student organizations?
If you ask any of us, we’ll say that the Voice is the best. But seriously, you can see a list of student organizations here.
Be sure to check out events like O Show and the Welcome Week activities to see if anything piques your interest. Also, the Student Activities Commission will host a club fair on Sunday, September 4 on Copley Lawn.
Work-study is part of my financial aid package. How many hours a week is standard/manageable? Where are the “best” places to work on-campus?
With a full academic schedule, 10 hours is probably the ideal, but most places will allow you to do up to 20 hours. It’s hard to say what the “best” job is, but Vox likes any place that lets you use your laptop, such as the residence hall offices. Check the Student Employment Office for listings.
How exactly does getting placed into your classes work?
The schedule you will receive from your preregistration is the result of a weighted lottery based on your school, year and major. For example, all freshmen SFS students will be placed in a proseminar their first semester.
Don’t freak out if you don’t get a prerequisite for your major/school unless the bulletin says you have to take it this semester. In that case, talk to you dean during the academic orientation over NSO weekend.
You can also place yourself on the wait list for a class you didn’t receive during preregistration. If you’re really dead-set on a course, audit it during the first week of classes and ask the professor to take you off the waitlist. You can continue to shift around your schedule until September 9.