lnz103 wrote:Does anyone feel like living alone and/or not at Ivy Gardens makes it harder to meet people? just a thought...
Well, if I had a roommate, I would probably be driven out of my apartment to avoid him a lot more, so in that sense it might make it easier to meet people if I had one... But that's a tradeoff I'm willing to make.
You will get to know the other 29 people in your section. There's almost no way around it. You will be around each other so much in the first few weeks of classes you will almost be sick of each other. By Fall Break you will feel like you have known half of them all your life. This happened to me and I'm not exactly an expert on socializing.
From there, you'll have plenty of opportunity to join groups and meet people with similar interests quickly that way, to get involved in pro bono programs and meet others through them, and to join in the almost mandatory softball madness. If you end up having to rely on having a roommate to meet people here, you're doing something wrong.
I would advocate living either on Arlington Blvd. or at Ivy Gardens for being social, those are the two places where most 1Ls will be clustered. I had Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of classmates at the Jeffersonian. Social events will either be at Ivy or along Arlington and the two spots are walkable from one to the other. If something ends up happening off-campus, you'll be near so many classmates I guarantee you'll find one with a car that can give you a ride.
I favor Arlington because you can walk to Ivy and it's a very short walk from Barracks Road Shopping Center. Others favor Ivy because it's right next to the North Grounds Rec Center and there's a bit higher concentration of 1Ls and parties there than along Arlington. You really can't go too wrong with either location.