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Freshman Life--the good, bad and ugly? Do you really get a team of advisors?

virgmumvirgmum Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Can someone tell me what freshman life is like at Wash U? Is it easy to make friends? Do professors really call if you don't show up for class? Is it as friendly as it seems? The admissions people promise you will have a team of advisors to help you make decisions about classes, your major etc. True? What is social life like if you are not apart of the Greek system?

Replies to: Freshman Life--the good, bad and ugly? Do you really get a team of advisors?

  • thebunnythebunny Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    1) Yes. Just join clubs and organizations you are interested in. However, first semester most people are friends with some people from their freshman floor.
    2) No. Where did you hear this?
    3) Yeah, coming from the East Coast, people are generally pretty friendly. It's a medium sized school, so chances are you'll see people you know around campus just on a daily basis.
    4) As a freshman, you get one advisor who you keep for all four years (unless you switch schools, in which case you get a new one in that school). You get matched up ideally with someone in the area you're interested. When you declare a major, you get another advisor specific to that major for more specific help in that department. When writing your thesis, you get yet another advisor, a thesis advisor, to help you out with that. If you make a connection with a professor earlier, you can request them. This is great, obviously, especially in contrast to other schools where you may not even get an advisor to talk to twice in a row.
    5) You don't need to rush to have a social life. At the beginning of freshman year, a lot of new students try out open frat parties to see if it's for them. By recruitment in the spring, people have mostly settled into social groups based on interests. A club on campus might host parties for members in someone's apartment, have social events on campus, and even have big formal events- similar to a Greek organization. Social groups usually become based on a shared interest in a sport, culture, magazine, philanthropic cause, etc. However, there is definitely a lot of mixing based on people who live near you, are in your classes, you happen to meet somewhere, etc.
  • virgmumvirgmum Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thank you so much for your reply. It helped a lot!
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