The college is so small; what's the process for getting paired with a roomate or suitemates? Does the school permit Freshmen to solicit possible roomates on their own during the summer prior to enrollment?
Parent response - Beloit is a small college that attracts a wide variety of 'types' of students so in my observation they have also done a very good job of providing a wide variety of housing options too and they seem to do a very thorough job of placing freshman. I'm sure that if both students requested to room together they would honor that, though a call to housing by your S or D would confirm that. D is a student - last year she filled out a very detailed form which led her to be on a floor that was a very good fit for her.
My daughter is a student at Beloit. Like SimpleRules’ D, she filled out a detailed questionnaire for the Residential Life office before being matched with a roommate. To be perfectly honest, the match wasn’t great, but that’s no one’s fault. There were no problems—just a year of cordiality rather than a warm friendship. I only mention that to underscore the fact that selecting roommates based on a questionnaire is truly guesswork, with no way to account for that elusive “chemistry,” or lack thereof.
The res life survey students complete isn't always a successful way of assigning roommates, but it's a lot better than completely random assignments. I was very happy with my freshman year roommate--she is still one of my best friends. On a side note, I think that Res Life has a bit of a sense of humor with roommate assignments--my freshman year, I knew a bunch of people whose roommates had the same first names as them. Just a little confusing...
Parent of senior here. I was SO impressed with the roomie chosen for my D freshman year. The chemistry was about perfect. You never know, but it certainly worked out far better than I'd have anticipated for my initially shy D.
So fellow applicants--which halls are you applying for? Current/former students--which halls would you recommend?
My first choice is 609 Emerson because I can be a bit of a shut-in if I don't make an effort to get to know new people, and I've heard 609 is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and they form a very close-knit community.
I'm not sure what to list as my other choices, though! I'm thinking Aldrich, but I'm not sure about the other rooms.
I warned that I stay up late, but I'll try to be quiet, and I said that I'm pretty accommodating about other's habits. Growing up with my little sister definitely taught me how to ignore things that others might find irritating.
Not meaning to sound totally clueless, but can anyone explain what "substance free" means in the CONTEXT of Beloit --
no substances allowed in the dorm (yes, I know that is probably the "rule" for any underage dorm, or in the case of drugs, anywhere, but what is the reality)?
a pledge by the student to not take substances of any kind while living in that dorm/on that floor?
somewhere between a party floor and a totally "dry" oasis?
My S is considering Beloit and while he is definitely NOT a partyer, he may, at some point his freshman year, succumb to trying a glass of Wisconsin's renowned brew even though he will be underage. I don't want to encourage him to look at substance free floors if that is outside the norm for that demographic any more than I would suggest a "party" dorm for him. What is the reality on this campus?
Thanks for anyone who can provide practical guidance.
I'm only a future student (so not 100% sure) but from what I understand, I believe there are plenty of students in the substance-free dorm who drink, but they keep it to other dorms. I think he should be fine in 609 if he's not going to be drinking regularly.