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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Are you living in the dorms? What's your major? How old are you?

    I think, if I had to guess, you're going to be surprised how rural the midwest really is. Ames is a great town, though, and I think you'll find there's plenty to do. Wether you're 21 or not, there'll be no shortage of alcohol around you (learn the laws, and be smart). The party situation os largely house-parties, most of the west edge of campus is older homes and very saturated with students.

    Make sure you see at least one football game, and tailgate before. Make sure you see one basketball game and go out afterwards. If you live in a dorm, do some intramurals, it's a great way to make friends and blow off steam.

    Do EVERYTHING you can during Homecoming and VEISHEA, best two weeks of being a student, IMO. Take the bus only if you're late, I really miss walking through the gorgeous campus.

    Good luck, have fun, and Go Cyclones!

    *EDIT: Depending on what winters are like in your hometown you may need to invest in a heavy winter coat.


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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by ehann View Post
    Ah it can't be that bad... surely! All I've seen about american college comes from Van Wilder and American Pie... is it anything like that all? And accommodation, where would you guys recommend?
    Do you have a list of choices? And how old are you?



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    I'm 19 at the moment, will be 20 for pretty much all of next academic year, I look forward to the famed american house party! My accommodation choices are richardson court,buchannan residence, wallace hall and federiksen court, those words mean nothing to me at the moment!



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by ehann View Post
    Haha, sorry guys, yeah I am from England, from Birmingham (no Alabama!), I'm going on an exchange program next year (didnt realise you americans said transfer to say something else), Im really excited about it though. How do you guys go out? Do you all drink etc.? Its gonna be a bit of a culture shock suddenly not being bale to drink or anything.
    I'm no where near college age as I attended ISU in the late 80's early 90's. But I partied all night, many years ago in Chicago, at an England vs. USA friendly soccer game at Soldier Field and then into the wee hours of the night. The answer to your repeated question about drinking is YES - we drink. However, if you party like the guys from England that I drank with that night - you'll be just fine.



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    I have only spent about a week in the UK, but from what I gather Ames is going to be a lot colder AND a lot hotter than what you're used to at different times of the year.

    Not sure which residence hall serves the best bangers and mash ;-)

    Like others have said, go to Cyclone football and basketball games even if you're not a big fan, student tickets are a steal. I did a semester in Europe and became a huge soccer/football fan with very little knowledge about it before I went, I'm sure the reverse would be true. Party it up but be smart if you're not 21 because surprisingly it really is enforced especially for those stumbling around outside.



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    This is all personal opinion, so if anyone disagrees with me don't take it personally!

    Richardson Court should be your #1. It's a very traditional dorm. It will give you the best opportunity to make friends and meet people. I think some floors might even be Co-ed. It's fairly centrally located, too.

    Buchannan is a lot of single-rooms and people who are not interested in making friends. Wether they're almost done, or whatever, it isn't a very "fun" building. Not a terrible location, though.

    Freddy is a huge clump of on-campus apartments. Mostly 4-bedrooms. If you happen to know or like your roommates it can be very fun, but if you're just getting "luck of the draw" I'd say you have a 90% chance of getting 2+ asians (take that for what it's worth. Not saying it's bad, just saying it will probably not be the college experience you're looking for).

    Wallace is REALLY far away an aging not-so-gracefully, but it has a lot of people in it, and I've heard the fun-level there has improved somewhat.

    Go Richardson Ct. if you can!


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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by driegner View Post
    This is all personal opinion, so if anyone disagrees with me don't take it personally!

    Richardson Court should be your #1. It's a very traditional dorm. It will give you the best opportunity to make friends and meet people. I think some floors might even be Co-ed. It's fairly centrally located, too.

    Buchannan is a lot of single-rooms and people who are not interested in making friends. Wether they're almost done, or whatever, it isn't a very "fun" building. Not a terrible location, though.

    Freddy is a huge clump of on-campus apartments. Mostly 4-bedrooms. If you happen to know your roommates it can be very fun, but if you're just getting "luck of the draw" I'd say you have a 90% chance of getting 2+ asians (take that for what it's worth. Not saying it's bad, just saying it will probably not be the college experience you're looking for).

    Wallace is REALLY far away an aging not-so-gracefully, but it has a lot of people in it, and I've heard the fun-level there has improved somewhat.

    Go Richardson Ct. if you can!
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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by ehann View Post
    I'm 19 at the moment, will be 20 for pretty much all of next academic year, I look forward to the famed american house party! My accommodation choices are richardson court,buchannan residence, wallace hall and federiksen court, those words mean nothing to me at the moment!
    I'm not a huge fan of any of those 4, but if you're looking to have fun Wallace is your best bet.



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by ehann View Post
    Ah it can't be that bad... surely! All I've seen about american college comes from Van Wilder and American Pie... is it anything like that all? And accommodation, where would you guys recommend?
    I'd say it's more like Accepted. Or maybe Old School.



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneNorth View Post
    I'm not a huge fan of any of those 4, but if you're looking to have fun Wallace is your best bet.
    I would agree with this. Lots of party houses around there!



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    wow, thank for all the info guys! It does sound like it will be extremely cold - at least it won't rain as much as here. Yeah, ideally I would like to live with americans, from the majority of international students I have met here (bar the odd exception and people on exchange from Arizona state) don't like to go out and have fun, and would rather stay in and study (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Richardson court looks pretty good to me, having a roomate will be a new experience, over here single rooms are the norm everywhere. Going to see some college sports will be insane, I'm an avid (as avid as a brit can be!) follower of the NFL, so getting to see some college footbal will be sick!



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    Are your teeth all messed up?



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    Are your teeth all messed up?
    Are your elbows pointy?



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    Re: Accepted to ISU as a transfer student!

    I love Iowa State and Ames and I think you'll have a great time. That said, how did you end up deciding on ISU?

    Anyway, you'll have a good time partying with the blokes, the lassies will be accommodating to any guy with a British accent, and there aren't too many wankers in Ames.



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