Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Early Registration at the W



Yesterday Madeleine and I got on the road bright and early in order for her to attend Scholars' Early Registration at the W. We got there in plenty of time so we stopped at Columbus AFB for gas and shopping at the BX.

We started by checking in with our admissions counselor Carly. Then we were escorted to the cafeteria (although we knew how to get there) for lunch. They really do have a nice selection - hot entree, burgers, grilled cheese, pizza, cold sandwiches and salads. From there we gathered to be welcomed by various individuals (this it the first time on campus that we've not seen the President). Then the parents were wisked away for their information session. Unfortunately most of it was redundant since I had gone to the parents' session during Scholar's Day in November.

Meanwhile Madeleine went to learn more about the Residential Honors' program, be trained in using the University web system, signing up for an official email address, getting her student ID (with a very nice pic) and registering for classes. Madeleine is taking Composition, Communications, Spanish 1, Math for Elementary Education, Western Civilization Honors, Honors Forum and Hearin Leadership for a total of eighteen credits.
During this time Madeleine also reconnected with friends made at Scholars' Day and Hearin Leadership Conference as well as making new friends. She only briefly met her roommate Amy who is very quiet. Hopefully Madeleine won't overwhelm the girl with her personality.

After the official schedule, we (Madeleine, myself and a few girls/moms) went to Grossnickle Hall to refresh our memory about the residence hall. Fortunately we knocked when someone was coming down the stairs and they graciously showed us around. Each room has two beds, 1 dresser, 1 under the bed set of two large drawers, 1 desk (this confuzzles me, WHY do the honors' students of all students have to share a desk? but we'll work that out), sink, 2 closets and a bathroom & kitchenette (microwave, fridge, small oven and two burners) that are shared with another set of girls. Four girls to a shower is great ratio; a school we looked at in NC had 8 to a shower. The residence hall has numerous study rooms, a laundry room (no $$ needed), a computer lab (just bring your own paper) and even its own private parking lot.

Overall we had a nice visit despite the light rain we encountered in both directions. It was a long day since we were not back on the road until 4:30 and we needed to stop for dinner.

9 comments:

RAnn said...

When I was in college most of us studied in bed; the only thing we used the desk for was typing--and serving stuff at in-room parties.

Renee said...

I guess I was thinking about needing a place to use a laptop. It's not good to use them on a soft surface like a bed because they'll overheat.
Madeleine did find out that the beds in her dorm are the only ones on campus that can't be raised 4 feet so most use 'illegal' risers for the beds. But Scott has a really neat rolling laptop desk that I think would work perfect for college. She could also take it into a lounge to use the laptop.

RAnn said...

Risers must be a new thing; no one had them when we were there. Of course we had typewriters we unpacked when needed (not often); a small fridge and a popcorn popper--and maybe a small tv. No computer, printer, dvd player, 19" (or bigger) tv, microwave...

Guess I'm getting old; kind of like those old alums who talked about wearing raincoats and hose to lunch on Sunday...

Renee said...

Risers only give an additional 6 inches but that's still enough to get more under the bed storage. Fortunately the microwave/fridge are in their kitchenette. I don't know that MJ will have a TV; we don't have a spare. She can always watch shows on Hulu on the computer. I don't think she'll have a printer either; she can use the computer lab in the dorm for her printing needs. And these days the kids have iPods so they probably don't have big dvd players either.

Cynthia said...

YEA! Sounds like things are moving right along.

Carrie said...

I hope MJ loves it there.

Renee said...

Thanks Carrie. She has met two other Catholic girls that are in RHP and will be living in her dorm. They're already making plans to go to Mass

Janette said...

There are great laptop lap pillows out. The old Smarter Image had them. They are bean bag bottom and hard surface.
I never used a desk either. I typed my papers at the library. I bet they could scare one up if they really wanted two. That is what the RA is for!
Sounds wonderful.

Renee said...

Thanks for the suggestion Janette. I"ll have to check those out; her siblings will need to get her something for a graduation present.