Primero Grove

<p>I was wondering about living in premero grove as a freshman. I see it says it says freshman with special needs, I have minor health issues that are alleviated with having my own utilities, etc but its not anything really debilitating. </p>

<p>Anyways I was wondering if there is a stigmatism for that area, does special needs mean kids with like mental issues or other serious problems? I don’t know how to ask this without sounding bad but yeah.</p>

<p>I’ve never heard of Primero Grove having a stigma, besides the occasional “oh yeah, that place exists” kind of reaction. I know one of my friends lived there last year and loved it, so I’d say try for it.</p>

<p>There’s no stigma with living at Primero Grove. Some people are placed there for religious, disability, or other personal reasons. A few cases might be more serious than others but it’s not like that will affect the experience of living there. </p>

<p>To most, it’s considered pretty lucky and convenient to stay at Primero. You definitely get more space and your own kitchen and bath since they are apartments.</p>

<p>My son was just placed in Primero grove as an incoming freshman. He has no disabilities or needs. His roomate also has no disabiliites or special needs. He asked for a double with no learning community, so I am thinking this is the only reason he got these apartments. The Sequndo area was his 2nd choice, he really wanted Tecero but at least he is rooming with his friend. As a guy, he really isn’t interested in cooking for himself, so the kitchen may be a waste. He is now trying to figure out if he should reduce his meal plan. Any suggestions on what he should do with his meal plan? He has the 180 plan.</p>

<p>Will he be going home often? How many meals does he typically eat each day?</p>

<p>For me, the 180 would’ve been way too much – the 90 was too much. But I went home pretty frequently and don’t tend to eat more than one big meal a day in general.</p>

<p>If he’ll be going home frequently and only tends to eat one meal a day, go for the 90. If he’ll be going home occasionally, go for the 120. If he won’t be going home much and usually eats two meals a day, do the 150. If he’ll be eating almost all his meals on campus, do the 180. Don’t get the unlimited; it’s not worth the price increase.</p>

<p>I would suggest going down to the 150 for now. You can always purchase meal blocks if he runs out, but if he has a lot of meals left over he’ll have to use them before spring quarter ends (you lose them at that point). If he does end up needing the meal blocks this quarter, go ahead and go back to the 180 winter quarter. The other thing to keep in mind is that the DC gets old – it may not seem like it the first several weeks, but it loses its novelty sometime during winter quarter for most people.</p>

<p>Regarding the meal plan for my son, he is from Southern Cal and will only going home for Thanksgiving and Christmas break this quarter. He plans to eat 99% of the meals on campus. He figures if he has too many swipes left at the end of fall quarter, he will drop the plan down to 120 or lower. Thanks for your input.</p>