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Dorms/Campus life

EndPhaseEndPhase 482 replies101 threads Member
edited June 2010 in University of Washington
Ok so I have some questions about UW Seattle regarding dorms and campus life. First, how are the dorms exactly and who resides in them? Meaning is there any non-washington residents living in the dorms or are the majority of dormies Washington residents? Also how is life in the dorms? Please describe the dorms along with the lifestyle they bring upon a prospective student. Lastly how is campus life? Would you consider it a commuter school? If you live in dorms, would the campus be quiet/boring on the weekends? Would appreciate answers to tehse questions.
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  • moopermooper - 59 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I live in the dorms (Lander) and was a Freshmen this year. There are a lot of out-of-state kids in the dorms. Depending on who your friends are the dorms can range from exciting to incredibly boring. A lot of kids go home on the weekends, but a lot of people stay to. Friday is usually the night when you can find the most house partys. The Greek System (Bunch of fags who think they are the ****) usually throw parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays (****in ****) and most of them go home on the weekend. Life in the dorms is ok, I met some pretty cool people but the RA's can be strict and nazi-like at times. Campus life is pretty good I guess, alot of stuff is centered around the greek system which sucks because they are mostly ******bags. You'll have a good time, maybe, especailly if you are a girl, then you can do whatever the hell you want and go anywhere an demand free booze.
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  • pumpkinspumpkins 478 replies167 threads Member
    haha, mooper. your posts are always helpful in an entertaining way! :)
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  • spaceneedlespaceneedle 415 replies0 threads Member
    mooper is 100% correct, especially in his analysis of the greeks
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  • MeaghenHaileyMeaghenHailey 54 replies3 threads Junior Member
    o.O
    Well *expletive*
    And I intend to rush in September.

    Are the Greeks really that bad??
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  • aylagatoraylagator 71 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I have a friend who is in a sorority and she absolutely loves it. You don't have to take one person's opinion as fact. :)
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  • spaceneedlespaceneedle 415 replies0 threads Member
    well if you fit in to the greek demographic, then it might be for you. others think they detract from the university (*raises hand*)
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  • jassy12jassy12 36 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I just graduated from UW.

    Unlike going to smaller private schools or schools in rural college towns, going to UW is more like 'real life' in the sense that you aren't tucked away in a bubble that is completely separate from the real world. You will be going to a big school without a real tight-knit community with a lot of commuters, and you will be living in a real city (U-dist can't really be called a college town, and there are a lot of people living here who aren't students - just Seattleites).

    Thus, the quality of your social life is entirely dependent on you. There aren't going to be any campus wide class events that the school puts together for everyone to come socialize or whatever. Your dorm floor might put on a few social events every now and then, but they are going to be pretty lame and not well attended. Your best hope for an active and eventful social calendar really is Greek life. Considering how big Greek life is at UW, you are pretty much guaranteed that the most social incoming students are always going to be living in Greek row and not in the dorms. You may luck out and be paired with a really cool roommate in the dorms and find a niche there, but chances are if you are social and want to have fun, Greek life is the surest bet. You just have to do your research and make sure you look into houses that fit your personality. Check out the grade reports posted every quarter. Several houses have very high average GPAs and do a better job balancing academics/social life, whereas others are pretty bad when it comes to academics.

    Obvious Greek life isn't for everyone, but I'd recommend looking into it as each house has its own unique reputation and some are a lot better (and less douchy) than others. Living in the dorms is unfortunately kind of a social gamble and you may find yourself completely bored out of your mind if you are out of state and everyone on your floor goes home on the weekends.
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  • moopermooper - 59 replies2 threads Junior Member
    jassy12 is completly right, living in the dorms is a huge gamble. I happend to luck out and get a roommate who is now my best friend, a laid back dude and shares most of my interests (he drinks and smokes weed). If you want to meet cool people in the dorms its possible though, I would highly recommend doing early fall start, so you can establish a friend group. I found that especially in Lander, the kids who didn't do EFS, it was harder for them to meet people because the rest of us had pretty much already made a friend group. Also if you do EFS, and you hate the dorms there's still time to rush (and become a ******-bag)
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  • coug45coug45 31 replies6 threads Junior Member
    The people that are ****ed at the greek system, are just mad because they couldn't get into parties.
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  • spaceneedlespaceneedle 415 replies0 threads Member
    ^coming from someone who refers to himself as a coug...
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  • coug45coug45 31 replies6 threads Junior Member
    High school mascot. But nice deflection attempt.
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  • spaceneedlespaceneedle 415 replies0 threads Member
    ^nice, so was mine
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  • moopermooper - 59 replies2 threads Junior Member
    yea, I don't like the greek system because they won't let me into their parties, I have been to a dozen of them though, and they are definitely better at the beginning of the year. By the end sorority chicks realize that they can't be sluts all the time, and the same girls always go to the same houses. Housepartys are better
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