sigh:: YLS is capping travel subsidies at $350. rabbit, would you say that a visit is worth, say, spending $1000 (assuming that I'm set on YLS)? Feel free to spoil the beans for me by revealing the "cool things" via PM.
Depends. If you're for sure enrolling (based on what you've told me, you pretty much are), then the purpose might be a bit different - some people come for an extra day or spend some time looking at housing options off-campus (though you most certainly DON'T have to be even thinking about housing that early - most places won't let you sign right away, ), or just getting to know New Haven. Others try to start making some friends/maybe meet a roommate (but most people meet roommates randomly online/through the FB group, and it's rare not like you'll be left out of the club if you don't make good friends during the ASW - that's what orientation is for, etc.).
Will you be 'left behind' for not coming? No. Sometimes people reminisce about things that happened, but you won't miss out on anything crucial. You might feel more comfortable during orientation if you recognize some faces, etc., but honestly you shouldn't feel like you *have to* come.