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inkless @ 03:37 pm: Questions!
Hey everyone!
I'm getting ready to fill out the housing survey for GCC, and I have a question:

Is it better to room with someone in your major? Advantages/disadvantages?

I can't decide, and my mom suggested I ask you tried and true veterans. ;-)

Also, I'm wondering what the internet access is like on campus. Can you get online anywhere on campus or only certain areas?


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Date:April 30th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
It doesn't really matter either way, I think. It could help, especially for late-night study sessions and things. Both my roommaates for next year are English majors (as am I), so we'll see how that works. ;)

And there is wireless internet in the Hall of Arts and Letters, the Student Union, Ketler Rec, and South Rec. Dorm rooms, the library, and most rooms in HAL and Rockwell have plugs everywhere for wired internet access. So you can get internet almost everywhere. Just not, like, in the chapel. :P
Date:April 30th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)

It depends...

Honesty, I room with an English ed major and a business finance major and I'm a history ed major. It more has to do with personalities. It is true, however, that people in the same major have more in common and it is nice to have classes with your roommates. It all depends on the person. If you're someone who makes friends easily, then it doesn't really matter. However, if you are more shy and less outgoing, it might be nice to know someone who you'll have a bunch of classes with (like someone in your major).

Internet access is good in the dorms and in the SAC and HAL, however, in PEW (the fine arts center) and the recreational areas, wireless is spotty, so its kinda so-so.

Good luck!
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Date:May 1st, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
I'm going to agree with the others. I roomed with a Business Management major for 4 years, and I was an Econ major. Related, but we had very few classes together. So, when it came to doing homework, etc. we didn't do any together... I'm not sure if we would have anyway, though... But, I agree it depends far more on personalities than on majors.
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Date:May 1st, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
I agree with the "personalities over majors" comments. I roomed with two math ed majors and a molecular biology major. My major? Political science and communication. So...yeah. Nothing in common, there. But we still became great friends and kept the same roommates all four years. So *shrugs* it depends on the people. Just make sure and make friends with other people in your major whether they're roommates or not. It sure helps for late night study sessions and homework crunch time!
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Date:May 1st, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
i think it also has to do w/ what major, though personality over major is VERY true. but sometimes, as in the case of a music major, it is helpful to have someone there who has the same classes and profs as u. i am in a triple w/ one roommate of the same major and one who does not have the same major. both have advantages and disadvantages. (sometimes u may not like that u see so much of them... lol)
u'r call really, but i hope this helps.
Date:May 1st, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
Personalities over majors, yes. But if you can room with someone in your major, go for it. My roommate for the past two years has shared both my major and minor, and its very helpful. You can save money on books, have someone with notes if you miss class, split readings, recommend profs and classes better... its pretty nice. You can do all that with non-roomie friends, too, but from experience, its much easier and less of a hassle come crunch time if you live with the person.
Date:May 1st, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Roommates are tricky. I'm currently living with an English major and a Marketing major (which is also what I am). I get along better with the English major than I do with the other.

Haha, funny story: the one roommate that is the same major was one of my original roommates (meaning they picked her via survey questions) and she and I don't get along at all (we're two completely polar opposite personalities). However, Katie (the English major) and I get along fabulously and she was picked to room with me because there was an open spot when the other original decided to go somewhere else, so it was completely by luck.

While I'd definitely go personality over major, you can get stuck with someone who's completely the opposite of your personality. Moral of the story? Pick your answers carefully because you could end up roomming with someone that you end up not getting along with so great.

As for internet: you can get it anywhere you need to have it. Some places outside are even wireless, so it's not just limited to classrooms and such.
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Date:May 9th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
I've never roomed with someone from my major which has been pretty cool. Personality is definitely what you are looking for; polar opposites end up having a very hard time even if they are interested in the same things or have the same major. My opinion is that you meet more people by rooming with a different major. This is especially true for engineers and other math/science intense majors. It seems like if engineers room with engineers, they only end being friends with engineers. But with a different major for your roommate you would be more likely to have a diverse group of friends.
Internet access is everywhere you could possibly want to study...it can be a little buggy sometimes though :-P
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Date:May 9th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm actually filling out the housing form right now. =)
Date:July 25th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
it doesn't matter either way, especially if you are a freshman...you'll be taking the same basic "requirements" as most of your peers anyway.

Later on, study sessions will be very helpful, and hooking up with someone in your classes will be beneficial. You'll get to know them well, because the classes aren't large, and you'll be on the same basic "track."

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