Lysis wrote:conn09 wrote:Lysis wrote:Thanks so much for your continued insight, Mallard. Congrats on finishing up 1L!
It's nice to get some straight talk, but as an entering student I'm particularly worried about the competitive atmosphere--I'm coming from a relatively collaborative place and kind of bought the admissions office's sales pitch that the H/P/LP system has reduced the level of cutthroat behavior Harvard is known for. Would you mind sharing some more specific stories? Perhaps by PM if you don't want to go into details here.
More generally, can you (and the other HLSers here) comment on experiences with living arrangements? I selected a room in Hastings in the lottery this week so I have to decide if I want to sign a contract for it, and I'm having mixed feelings. What worked best for you guys and your friends?
A lot of my friends lived in Hastings. I think objectively it's probably the best dorm on campus. It has the most living space and doesn't feel like a cell. The only downside is the community bathroom. It's not as social as the Groupis dorms, but its still pretty lively. I lived in North Hall, which I personally loved because it's basically a ghost town and they have private bathrooms.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I've decided to bite the bullet and live in Hastings. It seems like the right choice for me.
Hastings definitely seems to have the best mix of socializing and amenities of all the dorms so I think it's probably the best choice if you want to live on-campus.