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    WVU Dorms?

    ok, Foosters who attend or recently attended WVU - I need a dorm rating. Youngest is off to school there next fall. Which are the better/best dorms, have room for bikes, blah blah blah?
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    dorms...*shudder*

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    all dorms suck. live in a box or an apartment (and always on the top floor!) or anything but a dorm! dorms... you will never sleep in a dorm.


    and if you really want your kid to get something out of his education you'll make sure he has a quiet place to sleep and study. libraries are not quiet. neither are dorms.


    he needs to live off campus in a top floor apartment.

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    I lived 12mi from campus in my grandparents house overlooking the Pacific. (Thankfully, I didn't take up surfing.) I couldn't understand how my friends could accomplish anything in the dorms when I visited. Too much chaos.

    Of course, I only managed a 3.17 GPA, but I felt so much more civilized doing it, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    dorms...*shudder*
    +1.

    Move off campus as soon as possible.
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    I know, I know - but it's one of those 1st year requirements.
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    Just go to Wisconsin-Madison instead... you'll be too drunk from all the partying (in Wisconsin minors can be served as long as they are accompanied by a 'responsible' adult) to even notice where you are sleeping most of the time.

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    I loved my time in the dorms. Granted, when it was time to leave, it was really time to leave... but it was fun while it lasted.

    Sorry, I have no valid input towards the dorms at WVU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
    I loved my time in the dorms. Granted, when it was time to leave, it was really time to leave... but it was fun while it lasted.

    Sorry, I have no valid input towards the dorms at WVU.
    I lived in dorms at Northern Iowa and Iowa. The point above is good, though, you'll know after you spent one too many mornings trying to find your shoes to safely step through vomit and broken glass while hung over that its time to get in a less rambunctious living situation.


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    I've only been to off campus apartments at WVU....however.com VT's dorms are little boxes just like Concord universities....yeah I say sublet the dorm.
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    The dorm that I was in my first year wasn't too bad. Relatively quiet, no parties or drunks, but I had three roommates who all stayed up till 3 a.m. watching anime and playing computer games. I couldn't wait to leave. Now I live in a top floor apartment, which is only somewhat bettter. Now I have neighbors who party and listen to loud music constantly.

    I think it's just part of the college experience. You have to learn how to deal with distractions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    The dorm that I was in my first year wasn't too bad. Relatively quiet, no parties or drunks, but I had three roommates who all stayed up till 3 a.m. watching anime and playing computer games. I couldn't wait to leave. Now I live in a top floor apartment, which is only somewhat bettter. Now I have neighbors who party and listen to loud music constantly.

    I think it's just part of the college experience. You have to learn how to deal with distractions.
    Invest some good $$$ in noise cancelling headphones... you won't be able to get rid of the party thump and bumps but at least that should kill SOME of the noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    The dorm that I was in my first year wasn't too bad. Relatively quiet, no parties or drunks, but I had three roommates who all stayed up till 3 a.m. watching anime and playing computer games. I couldn't wait to leave. Now I live in a top floor apartment, which is only somewhat bettter. Now I have neighbors who party and listen to loud music constantly.

    I think it's just part of the college experience. You have to learn how to deal with distractions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevelo View Post
    Invest some good $$$ in noise cancelling headphones... you won't be able to get rid of the party thump and bumps but at least that should kill SOME of the noise.
    If it gets too bad, I sleep with ear plugs, which is what I did most nights in the dorm as well.

    Worst things about dorms: lack of privacy (though some people don't seem to mind) and lack of a kitchen. Dorm food gets old pretty quick.

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    Check and see if they have specialized dorms. Sometimes there will be dorms with higher expectations from it's residents and will have rowdies there sent to the regular dorms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    Check and see if they have specialized dorms. Sometimes there will be dorms with higher expectations from it's residents and will have rowdies there sent to the regular dorms.
    I live in a dorm because my scholarship covers the cost of on-campus housing, but I live in a graduate dorm where the people are typically more mature (and studious), and there are a greater number of single rooms. It's relatively quiet here and the proximity to the lecture halls provides no excuse for skipping class. There may be an option like that.

    Otherwise, try to find information specifically to that campus on the characteristics of each dorm. You'll always have the jocks, stoners, asians, etc. occupying their own dorm/area on campus. Just find a place suitable for little Timmy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    I know, I know - but it's one of those 1st year requirements.
    then find a better school that isn't full of that kind of ****. seriously. a dorm will SERIOUSLY LIMIT your child's potential. that is NO exaggeration or joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    If it gets too bad, I sleep with ear plugs, which is what I did most nights in the dorm as well.

    Worst things about dorms: lack of privacy (though some people don't seem to mind) and lack of a kitchen. Dorm food gets old pretty quick.
    ear plugs only do so much, and your ears quickly grow irritated by them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    ear plugs only do so much, and your ears quickly grow irritated by them.
    A 20" box fan - which you can often pick up new for around $15 - turned on high will drown out a LOT of noise, and will last about a school year before you have to throw it out. It was very soothing to fall asleep to the sound of mine at night; I'm an only child and grew up in a VERY quiet household, so dorms were quite a shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    then find a better school that isn't full of that kind of ****. seriously. a dorm will SERIOUSLY LIMIT your child's potential. that is NO exaggeration or joke.
    Honestly, I couldn't disagree more. SERIOUSLY LIMIT? Give me a break. Maybe if the kid is a sheep and a follower without a spine. Most kids will have a little fun, then eventually realize they need to straighten up and get serious.

    Dorms can be a valuable step in adult development. There is often a sense of community, and for many people who attend school away from home, this community can make the difference between success and falling into a depression because they live in an isolated box by themselves.

    Natural progression is as follows:

    1) Live at home with mommy and daddy holding your hand
    2) Move into a dorm with like-minded students and (hopefully) decent role models
    3) Move off-campus either with friends or alone, personality depending
    4) Be prepared to face the real world

    I realize it's not always cookie cutter like this, but most will follow this pattern and be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
    Honestly, I couldn't disagree more. SERIOUSLY LIMIT? Give me a break. Maybe if the kid is a sheep and a follower without a spine. Most kids will have a little fun, then eventually realize they need to straighten up and get serious.

    Dorms can be a valuable step in adult development. There is often a sense of community, and for many people who attend school away from home, this community can make the difference between success and falling into a depression because they live in an isolated box by themselves.

    Natural progression is as follows:

    1) Live at home with mommy and daddy holding your hand
    2) Move into a dorm with like-minded students and (hopefully) decent role models
    3) Move off-campus either with friends or alone, personality depending
    4) Be prepared to face the real world

    I realize it's not always cookie cutter like this, but most will follow this pattern and be fine.
    i was just talking about the lack of a quiet place to sleep and study. without those education does not exist for you don't have the chance to engage in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    i was just talking about the lack of a quiet place to sleep and study. without those education does not exist for you don't have the chance to engage in it.
    I see your point. Fortunately most universities give students the chance to transfer dorm rooms if it's not working out, and inability to study or sleep would be a very valid reason for a transfer.

    My point of view is slightly utilitarian in thinking that dorms are a necessary evil that college students should learn to deal with. Kind of like another problem to solve or obstacle to overcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    i was just talking about the lack of a quiet place to sleep and study. without those education does not exist for you don't have the chance to engage in it.
    If a person is educationally limited by dorm living as much as you say, I don't think any living situation is going to help the poor social tumor. I know plenty of people that don't 'engage in it' because they live off-campus and use that as an excuse not to go to class or the library. "Aw, it's too far. I'm gonna play some Halo and then maybe study after." BS; and that doesn't stand for Bachelor of Science.

    Kids need to get out and be part of something, and dorm living can be a good experience for many. Remember that there is also usually a grace period for exchanging rooms and halls if little Timmy gets stuck in a particularly bad place.

    I think goldfishin is that guy on your floor that flips out when he hears the most miniscule sound. Don't be that dude. He should be living off-campus. Far off-campus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
    I see your point. Fortunately most universities give students the chance to transfer dorm rooms if it's not working out, and inability to study or sleep would be a very valid reason for a transfer.

    My point of view is slightly utilitarian in thinking that dorms are a necessary evil that college students should learn to deal with. Kind of like another problem to solve or obstacle to overcome.
    that's the problem, they say they give them the chance... but it really doesn't work like that at all. you'll be lucky if there is somewhere to transfer to.

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    Hey - Dorm life is what it is, and that 1st year requirement is a requirement. I KNOW there are some WVU students in here somewhere - guess they're busy either writing term papers, riding their bikes, or burning couches.

    The WVU website just doesn't give much info on the particular dorms - which are suites, which aren't, co-ed or not, room size - which have newer, etc. THAT's what I was kind of hoping for.
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