2006-04-15 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd personally say thurston. Like I was debating between Thurston and HOVA...because of my mistake, I wound up in Thurston. I was really upset because I thought it was going to be a HUGE party. Honestly, it's not, at all. Yea, parties go on but that happens everywhere. My boyfriend used to live in HOVA and I would be over there and it was MUCH noisier than Thurston ever is, like to the point that it was obnoxious. There were always people in the halls running around/making noise being obnoxious, even at night, Thurston, you know when the parties are, so you expect it to be noisy but otherwise, it's pretty calm. I don't know what Potomac will be like, it's only like half a block from Thurston but still, there's something about living in Thurston that I believe is part of the GW experience. As for Fullbright/Laffyete...My roomates boyfriend always used to be over here since he hated it so much. But don't worry, if you end up some place you hate, you can always switch rooms.
Definitely not Thurston- I'm assuming that Potomac House will be acquiring the HOVA personality, so I'd go for that or Fulbright.
Fulbright is pretty sweet -- the only freshmen dorms with kitchens in the rooms, and it's not outrageously loud every night. It's fun and has fewer people in it than most of the other dorms, which also contributes to the noise factor. But it is a good time.
Agreed. I'm in Fulbright, and I don't consider myself a "partier" by any means, but if you want to have fun, it's not too hard to go somewhere or start something small here. Also, because it has less of an alcoholics non-anonymous reputation, I'm pretty sure people get away with a lot more stuff (just be safe, don't obnoxiously draw attention to yourself, it's all great).
Also, and this is my favorite part about Fulbright (because I'm lazy), it's close to almost everything. Less than a block from the Metro, a block and a half away from the Marvin Center, not too far from Safeway (which, if you're smart, you'll want to use), and close to most academic buildings (except E Street, which sucks, but even then it's closer than HOVA is). Location, location, location.
That being said, Fulbright's a bit trashy. You get kitchens (which has helped me save a lot of money on food), but they're tiny and really hard to keep clean. Plus, as of the last couple weeks, we have a mice problem. The floors are dirty, our windows don't open, the room is really stiflingly hot, AND you have three roommates to deal with (which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it). Still, for a freshman dorm, it really does feel like an apartment rather than a cement block with pillows.
Submit your housing application as soon as possible! You can change your rankings of what you want later, but they time-stamp your application, and they place based on how early you get that in. Fulbright was my first choice, and I got it because I put in my application as soon as I could, SO DO IT!
Your windows don't open? Ours do; you should get Fix-It on that. The mice thing is sort of freaking me out, but I don't know if Fulbright is that much dirtier than any other dorm. Maybe just more infested?
I would go for Potomac House (it's brand new!) and it probably will take on the HOVA qualities of social yet studious, either that of Fulbright (fantastic location plus kitchens).
I actualy live in Lafayette, which is the honors dorm, and, although I'm not in the program, I still love it. Originally I wanted to live in HOVA (which, unfortunately you don't get the chance to live in... I have a lot of friends there and it's great), but my two roomates and I got placed in Lafayette. At first we were so upset, and we thought that it was going to be horrible... but we were wrong, and Lafayette is great. It's pretty quiet at night - you can go to sleep and not feel like you're missing much... but my whole floor, which is only about 22 people, gets along so well. We all are friends, and hang out in the hall and talk. So it's not really isolated. Whichever one you choose though, I'm sure you'll like! Good luck with it!
What are the other best dorms on Mt Vernon? I'd like to be there next year (small country girl who's nervous of cities for the first year XD) but I don't know which ones are the best apart from Somers. ^^
well... basically somers is your best bet. Its the biggest (though its really not that big, 250 people) and the nicest. The others are all a lot smaller (30-40). From the quad (center of campus), they go: Cole, Hensley, Clark, Merriweather. So if you want one of those, I would suggest choosing them in that order, though in those dorms it really depends on who else is in there with you. Hope that helps!
Personally, I live in HOVA, and I feel like the HOVA personality will transfer to Potomac, and so I would recommend that. Plus it will be close to Thurston, so you can do the party scene if you want to without being forced to.
However, no matter where you end up, you'll probably enjoy it, as everyone seems to love the dorm they end up in. Except for any of the Vern housing...I know a lot of people that were on the vern and applied for housing transfers.
So in conclusion, you will like anything that isn't on the vern.
2006-06-22 01:16 pm (UTC)
If you're going to be in an honors dorm(Potomac House) and honors classes, thats going to limit your social circle dramatically seeing as living in a dorm is the best way to meet people.