MSPeast wrote:I didn't realize all the post-ASW chat was going on over here - I keep peeking at the not-moving ASW thread and was surprised that nobody was saying anything.
Anyway, I stayed in Gewirz with a friend from undergrad who is a 1L with a single room. Here are some various comments I have about Gewirz, from my brief stay:
- I've visted a few people in grad school who all live in big apartment buildings. So far, Gewirz has by far had the fastest elevators.
- You can tell it's a bit dated from the '90s, but hopefully the renovation this summer will address that. Nothing major, really, it's more cosmetic stuff, like green carpeting and white doors.
- The windows open! This was not the case in my undergrad dorm.
- There are trash chutes and recycling drop-offs on each floor.
- There are laundry rooms on only two floors of the building, but I didn't see them personally, so I don't know if they're really big or if they run into peak-demand capacity issues.
- In case anyone cares, the main entrance faces the north, to McDonough.
- They post a list of the daily events in the elevators, including any make-up classes, which apparently can happen on Saturdays at 10 in the morning. Yikes.
- Nothing was in disrepair - nothing that anyone cares about, anyway.
- The shower was fine; I guess the shower head could have used a cleaning, but I was on an upper floor and the pressure and temperature were fine. You get hot water basically right away, too. The bathroom was actually pretty roomy, but this could vary by room.
- The room had a dishwasher, in case anyone was wondering.
- The cable comes with premium channels (at least the HBO block, anyway). Since utilities are included, I'm presuming that everyone has the same cable package.
- The top floor (12) has a wrap-around balcony, and has party rooms and the like.
- Floors are generally a mix of room types, but not every floor has every type of room. The floor I was on had single-unit efficiencies, two-room efficiencies, and standard two-room places (with living areas), for example.
- You have to swipe your GoCard (I think that's the name...) to get in to most places. IMO, this should really be a smart card by now. I saw some people have to swipe their cards several times to get it to work.
- Room keys are those strange "punch-card" plastic ones, which is really old technology.
- My friend gets his groceries by having Safeway deliver them. There is also a shopping shuttle a few times a week (or is it weekly?) that you can use.
- My tour guide told us that all of the 1Ls who wanted Gewirz this year got a place, because there are some LLMs living there, and 1Ls get priority. My friend got his first choice.
- There is a daycare in the basement, apparently.
Other comments about the visit, most of which are about D.C. in general, but some are about GULC:
- A lot of people brought parents. Two words: Grow up! Just a pet peeve of mine...
- The closer entrance to the Judiciary Square metro station should really not be closed on the weekends.
- D.C. is pretty pedestrian-friendly.
- The gym seems very nice, and has a pool, and basketball courts, and maybe some other stuff.
- The library seems nice, but I didn't go into it more than for a brief peek-in during a tour since they didn't want to bother the people studying.
- Some classes do not allow laptops, but most do.
- Don't do curriculum B unless you're confident that it's for you. In other words, don't pick it just because someone else enjoyed it, or because "all the cool kids do it."
- Definitely get a SmarTrip card for the Metro. I'm sure enough that I'm going to GULC that I went ahead and bought one during the ASW. It's a lot easier than using the regular tickets.
- Nobody ever uses the Union Station metro stop unless you're going Northeast on the Red Line. Otherwise, use Judiciary.
- Apparently, when it is drizzling, suddenly nobody wants to go to bar review.
- I already hate tourists.
agree with all you said, except the parent thing. my parents came, and it's not because i'm immature, but because they have an interest in what school i'm going to, especially if i'm taking out that much money in loans, and if maybe in the future they choose to help out with those loans. plus, i've never had to take out loans before, so it was good having them there during the financial aid presentation.
i saw the laundry rooms, it looked like 4 sets of washer/dryers and i think it was a $1.25 per use for each the washer and dryer. not bad. thanks for all the other info.