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i have questions about traditional dorms vs. new dorms

yy6450dmyy6450dm Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
i just have quick questions about the dorms in WashU

I am a person who's really studious when i am doing my school work, but at the same time
loves to play and hang out with other people. I got into ED and I don't know which dorm i should go..
i've heard that the substance free dorms consists people who are anti social, geeky, etc
and in the new dorms, its hard to make friends because everyones so independent.

so my question is which dorm would be the best fit for a freshman who likes to get socialized and focus on school work at the same time?
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Replies to: i have questions about traditional dorms vs. new dorms

  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Registered User Posts: 2,503 Senior Member
    My son is a freshman in one of the new dorms and it's been very social. He's made great friends with his floormates, so I don't think you should consider the new dorms as being difficult to make friends. And I think most students at Wash U also describe themselves as liking to socialize and focus on their schoolwork.
  • FHN_dentFHN_dent Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I currently live in a new dorm and I can say it works to your advantage. When you want to be studious close your door,when you want to be social open your door and go to other peoples' rooms. It really is as simple as that.

    the only kids on my floor who are considered antisocial are rare and stay in their rooms all day.

    Seriously...some of the old dorms are nasty. Cough Beaumont... Unless you don't mind peeing together and lack of privacy i would highly suggest you do not put it as an option.
  • DorseyDorsey Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member

    I wouldn't worry about your dorm placement. When you submit your housing application, you can't select a particular dorm -- just modern or traditional and then single, double or triple. My son (a freshman) ended up with his last choice (traditional triple) and was initially very upset, but his feelings changed immediately after he arrived and now he couldn't be happier. (By the way, he's in Beaumont, and -- contrary to FHN-dent's view -- he insists its the very best freshman dorm. He plans to stay in a traditional next year.)

    My son really wanted a modern dorm, and now he thinks they're sterile and stodgy. But if you talk to someone living in a modern (like FHN-dent), they will say just the opposite.

    The moral of the story: Don't fret too much about ranking your preferences, because ultimately they may be meaningless. The South 40 is a great place to live, whether you're in a traditional or modern. A year from now, you're likely to be a partisan advocate for whichever dorm you're assigned to.
  • nngmmnngmm Registered User Posts: 5,708 Senior Member
    Traditional dorms tend to be more social and less preppy.

    The modern dorms are incredibly nice, clean and spacious, and give you much more privacy when you want it.
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    It's really a difficult question to answer.
    I was in a modern my freshmen year, NOT sub-free.

    Some moderns are more closed off, less social.
    My floor was ridiculously social.

    Some sub-free floors are the stereotypical image.
    Others aren't like that at all.

    It's really just the luck of which floor you get (and the people you live with), as opposed to modern vs. traditional.
  • quajquaj Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    It really is about the people that make up the floor. I lived in a sub-free traditional dorm and had a blast. The common bathroom might seem scary but it helped in terms of forcing you to see the rest of your floor. We kept our doors open and visited each other. When I needed to study, I could close or prop the door with a doorstop if my roommate was expecting someone.
    You can rank your preferences. Regardless of where you wind up, it's all about you making the most of your experience.
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