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Random Scripps Questions!

stardropsstardrops Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Scripps College
As a now accepted student to Scripps, I have some random student life questions that I am wondering about! If you're a current Scripps student, PLEASE don't feel the need to answer all of these; maybe just pick a few? I don't want you sitting here for hours. These are just my curiosity (and extreme excitement) kicking in.

1. Part of my scholarship is a work study program. Does anyone familiar with the program know what options will I have for completing this?

2. The packing list says not to bring "decorative lighting." Could anyone explain that? What exactly does that mean? I understand the no halogen lighting request, but this one confuses me.

3. As for rules, is there a dress code? What rules are there as to guests in the dorms, male or female?

4. What would be a typical course schedule? Can AM/PM classes be specifically chosen, and how do you choose your CORE courses?

5. As for having a car, would you say that it is beneficial, or not worth the hassle?

6. How much do the CCs really mix, both socially and in terms of classes? Is it just as easy to take a class at, say, Pomona, as it is at Scripps? I imagine that most spots would be given to students on that actual campus.

7. What is tea like? Is it your favorite tradition, or there something else that you love?

8. What is your favorite place on campus? :)

Thanks for your time! Please don't feel obligated to answer all of these; even one would be excellent!
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Replies to: Random Scripps Questions!

  • unoriginalnameunoriginalname Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Hey stardrops, congrats on your acceptance!

    A few answers:

    1. I don't have a work study allotment, but I know there are a number of jobs available on campus, anything from working at the Motley or the Scripps store to doing research for a professor. There will be an info session during orientation, so you'll get to learn a lot more about work study then.

    2. Basically, you're not supposed to have Christmas lights or that type of thing. Some people do anyway, but if your RA sees strings of lights she'll tell you to take them down.

    3. No official dress code. Some people wear sweats or pajama bottoms to class, others wear heals (but ok, really very few wear heals). People tend to bring their personal styles to campus, although I would say that on the whole that the "dress code" here is pretty laid back. The rule for guests in the dorms is the same for males and females-- you have to escort them to and from your room from the entrance (although obviously it's a lot more apparent when a guy is unescorted than a girl). You'll work out guidelines for guests in your room with your roommate(s).

    4. People generally take four classes a semester, although five is not unusual. You can set up your schedule any way you want-- all morning classes, all afternoon classes, etc. Obviously, specific classes are offered at certain times-- math, science, and language tend to be earlier in the day and humanities are usually later. You'll register during orientation, although if you're curious now you can poke around the academic portal and see what classes have been offered in the past.

    5. If you can get your car here you might want it (just because having a car does come in handy on occasion), but it is by no means necessary. If you're close enough to get a car here you're also close enough to bring your bike without much hassle and that I really would recommend. Again, not necessary, but bikes are great if you have class at Pomona and are also nice for going into the village (although you can very easily walk to both Pomona and the village).

    6. There is a lot of mixing between the 5Cs, but it's also possible to be incredibly Scripps-centric if you so desire. Some classes are generally going to be more popular with students at one school than another (so if, for example, you're a Gender and Women's Studies major most of your classes might be at Scripps or Pitzer with mostly female students from those colleges), but many classes are very mixed and it really is just as easy to take classes at the other colleges. Socially, it's really all about your choices. There are 5C clubs and 5C parties every weekend and many people participate in those, but you could also only attend clubs at Scripps and never attend any other activities off campus. Most people take classes and have friends at other schools, but again, it's all about you. It's not hard to meet people from the other schools, but depending on your circumstances you may need to make a little bit of an effort. Oh and all of the dining halls are open to everybody and there are always students from all of the schools in the different dining halls. But basically, the best way to meet students from other colleges is probably in class or in clubs.

    7. Tea is great. It's every week in Seal Court, and even though they make a big deal about it in the admission pamphlets it's really very low key. Many people (including professors) stop by to get a cup of tea and a dessert, but some people never go. Personally, I like it, but I don't go every week (which really has more to do with my schedule than anything else). I don't know if I have a favorite tradition, but the candlelight dinners are also fun.

    8. The Motley is my favorite place on campus. Good drinks, fun atmosphere, and great music. Just a really cool place to hang out. I can't get work done there because I tend to need a quieter environment, but lots of people do all of their homework there. For me, it's just a nice place to spend time with friends.

    Hope that's helpful! Feel free to ask any other questions if they come to you!
  • stardropsstardrops Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Wow! Thanks so much for all of the detail! Haha, I feel like these are the questions that I should be asking once I'm on campus, but I am just SO excited. I will certainly post anything else if it comes to mind! Again, thanks for all of your help!
  • sandrasccrsandrasccr Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    also for the escort policy, guest are allowed in your dorm room for 4 nights straight.

    so basically for 4 nights your bf or brother or whoever can stay in your room the next night they spend it somewhere else and then they can go back to your dorm room for the next 4 nights and there on...
  • Eternal IcicleEternal Icicle Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    1. As a work-study student you have your choice of a range of jobs, (work-study & non-work-study). You can choose a job that you'll be able to do hw/reading at (like, the music library or field house), or one where you will be kept busy/learning job or office skills (the Motley, the Malott Commons Programming office, CP&R, admissions, etc). Almost every office on campus will hire work study students, so you can decide more or less what you'd like to be doing and apply for that.

    2. RAs generally won't do anything if you don't have the lights on or plugged in when they see it. (just saying)

    3. Wear what you like!

    4. For two years, I got away with 2 or 3 classes a day and nothing before 10 a.m. It's awesome. But it certainly depends on what disciplines you're taking.

    5. Having a car is nice. It's great for weekend trips to the beach!

    6. Whether you get in to a class usually depends more on it's popularity than it's particular campus. (Last semester I took a Pomona class with NO Pomona students in it)

    7. I love tea! I also love the Tuesday Noon Academy series in the Hampton Room- fancy desserts.

    8. My favorite place is actually on Harvey Mudd's campus. I'm addicted to their meatball subs, and I always start craving them at like 11 p.m.
  • stardropsstardrops Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Thanks guys! You are all awesomely helpful, wow!
  • transferwheeetransferwheee Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    sorry to bump the thread...but does anyone know if there are floorplans anywhere of the dorms? or how many singles, doubles etc there are in each dorm? thanks! :D i'm trying to get ready for room draw and stressing out a bit lol
  • anotherparentanotherparent Registered User Posts: 1,275 Senior Member
    Does Scripps have some sort of summer trip for incoming freshman?
  • Eternal IcicleEternal Icicle Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    transferwhee, are you a current student then? They don't put the floor plans online (unfortunately!), but closer to hall draw, floor plans will be posted in the lobbies of all the dorms, and also available in SARLO.

    In the past, Scripps has had a program called Outdoor Orientation, which is an optional week-long excursion before regular orientation. However, I've head tell that the Outdoor Orientation program is being canceled, and replaced with day-trip excursions/activities around SoCal available for all students during the regular Orientation period.
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