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Freshman Residence Assignments at Beloit

LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Posts: 5,937Registered User Senior Member
edited April 2011 in Beloit College
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?
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  • SimpleRulesSimpleRules Posts: 534Registered User Member
    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.
  • Mary13Mary13 Posts: 2,420Registered User Senior Member
    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.
  • MirilliaMirillia Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    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...
  • great lakes momgreat lakes mom Posts: 1,817Registered User Senior Member
    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.
  • cristilinecristiline Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    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.
  • boilingwaxboilingwax Posts: 258Registered User Junior Member
    for my hall preferences, i listed Porter, Aldrich and Chaplin, respectively. Here's a guide that helped me decide a lot [url=http://www.****/note.php?note_id=213254844963]Beloit Received Pronunciation (BeRP) | Facebook[/url]

    609 emerson is substance free, if that means anything to you. what'd you put as "the most important thing my new roommate should know about me"?
  • KaiserinSisiKaiserinSisi Posts: 173Registered User Junior Member
    My top choices are 609, Aldrich, and Chapin-Brannon-Maurer. I really like the sound of 609.

    The most important thing for me is that I don't like conflict, and that I sometimes will say things that sound rude even though I don't mean for them to sound that way.
  • cristilinecristiline Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    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.
  • archimomarchimom Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    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.
  • cristilinecristiline Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    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.
  • archimomarchimom Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    @ cristiline -- thanks, that makes it much clearer. I hope he is "not going to be drinking regularly"; kind of an expensive way to send him to the bar :-).
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