First off, Happy April 1st! I'm still not used to April Fools Day...Being an American holiday, I haven't experienced it in awhile. It's officially that time of year - Room Draw is upon us! It feels like just yesterday when I was a freshman, trembling in my pants, worried that I would end up in a closet of a room. However things worked out, and I am currently typing up this post in my lovely room in Denbigh. This year's theme is "The Hunger Games", which I think is fantastic and hilarious. There are a bunch of rooming options, and everyone is excited and anxious to learn where they'll end up for the upcoming school year. Things are a bit different this year, with the Haffner renovations and the exclusion of freshmen from Radnor, but here are some of the options that everyone will have to choose from.
Singles: This seems to always be the most popular option for rising freshmen - I remember I really wanted to have a single. Luckily, my roommate and I had won Project Dorm Room and got really great numbers (#11 and #12!). I got my first choice when it came to dorms and ended up really lucky with the actual room. It was a good change after living with a roommate during freshman year. I learned to become more independent and loved the fact that I had a room all to myself. Last year, the most popular dorms seemed to be both the Pems, both sides of Rhoads and Denbigh. So if you're a freshman, good luck getting one of those dorms! rising Sophomores choose last out of all of the grades, so there are usually designated rooms that are usually used by sophomores.
Multiple Occupancy: This is the roommate option. People sometimes use this in order to get a bigger room and a chance to live with someone. There are some really nice multiple occupancy rooms in some of the dorms - I know that there is one HUGE double at the end of the hall on Denbigh third. If you didn't mind living with a roommate, and have someone in mind, this might be the option for you!
Hall Groups: This is a really great option. People who use the hall group system get to have their own separate rooms (sometimes, there are double rooms included in the hall groups) and create a hall group that consists of close friends and classmates. This is a very popular option across the board. No one wants to be separated from their friends, so this is a great chance to make sure that you'll always be close by. This is also a great option for people who love hanging out with their friends in the hallways - you just have to walk over to the next door and you'll have someone to hang out with.
Remember that regardless of where you end up - Bryn Mawr College's dorms have been ranked at the top of the list by many groups and organizations (Dorms like Palaces, anyone?) Make sure you check out all of your options before time runs out - There will be days when you'll be able to visit other dorms and actually look at the specific rooms that you might have checked off as a possibility. You can check the Bryn Mawr Room Draw site HERE for updates, including priority numbers, class lists, multiple occupancy room options, etc. and remember, may the odds be ever in your favour!
Until Next Time!