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Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007, 09:55 pm

Hey, I just got my acceptance letter (woo!) and I have a few questions I thought y'all might be able to help me with.

1. Residence halls. The forms are a little vague, and I'm not even sure if I'm allowed to choose, but what would you suggest? I'm a little shy, but I want to change that, so my main priority here is to meet as many people as possible.

2. I'm thinking of double majoring (in graphic design and illustration). Good idea or crazy idea?

3. Macbook or Macbook Pro?

4. I'm really interested in studying abroad. Do a lot of people do that? Is the program hard to get into?

Annnnd, that's all. Thanks in advance!

Fri, Feb. 9th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)

On the residence halls : all I can say is, if you actually enjoy sleeping, privacy, NOT hearing other people playing music at all hours, rollerblading, starting fires and etc., or quiet in any capacity, do NOT choose to live in White Hall. It's pretty crazy every year (despite the fact that last year they made it the "quiet" and "substance-free" dorm... didn't work) and may in fact drive you to insanity if you don't enjoy that sort of environment.

I hear good things about Lawrence and Doble (especially the former), that they're generally laid-back and friendly. I'd go for one of those. If you have this choice and really strongly want a quiet environment, go for Wolfard, McKenzie, or Malloch. Those are all predominantly Lesley-student dorms--I think at least a few floors are girls-only, if you're into that--and they're all very, VERY quiet and the rooms are spacious, warm and generally rather nice, but since everyone's so quiet and stays to their own room, there's little chance of meeting people.

I'd say go for either Lawrence or Doble, since it seems like those dorms generally have a happy medium between socializing and actually respecting your space.

Fri, Feb. 9th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
fricki: the other stuff

Double majoring is not crazy, just time consuming..
Macbook Pro
a handfull of people go abroad, but they always say it is worth it. Im not sure how hard it is to get into the program though.

Fri, Feb. 9th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)

I am pretty sure Lawrence is on its last lease, and its an upperclassmen dorm anyhoo. so go for Doble. White is a zoo.

Fri, Feb. 9th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)

i know some dual majors and although i wasn't one, i don't typically remember them being more freaked out and crazy busy than the rest of us. i mean, you're going to have to go days without sleep sometimes but hey, welcome to art school.

i am laughing reading all the stuff about the dorms, they are nothing like what they were when i was at aib so i can't comment there.

everyone always likes going abroad, but honestly if you were design i would advise against it, because [excuse me if this has changed] when i was there there was no such thing as any "design abroad" classes. so if you were fine arts it was great, and you can still go abroad and have a great time and do all that stuff, but you kind of then have to put your design classes on hold, which is really going to fuck you over when you get back. unless of course, you really like spending extra years at school to finish everything. hey, some people do.

congrats, good luck!

Sat, Feb. 10th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)

I did the dual design/illustration program. It's fantastic, but because of the workload I feel like I didn't get to really explore the more advanced courses. I still feel like I have a lot to learn in both areas, but maybe that's just what you feel like when you graduate anyways... and even though being in school for that extra 5th year started to make me go crazy, I recommend the dual degree, and be deliberate and thoughtful about which classes you take!

Sat, Jan. 19th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)

I'm also a new student in photo. You brought up the travelling abroad issue, I wonder if photo students can do that too.