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What can you tell us about the machine?
Not a lot, frankly. It’s an “”underground”” organization here on campus (NOT an official student org) that mainly functions as a sort of political coalition. It’s comprised of traditionally white sororities and fraternities. You can read the Wikipedia page here.
How strict are they on no drinking under 21? Like do cops walk around and breathalyzer everyone who they suspect is UI?
I have no idea. I strongly suspect not.
is being in a sorority just about getting drunk all the time?
Not at all. There’s a lot more involved, such as philanthropic efforts and membership education. You’ve got classes to attend and a GPA to maintain (they’re very serious about that) and an “image” to uphold.
Full disclosure: I’m not Greek-affiliated. But even when I was a candidate for A.O.E. it became clear to me that drinking is nowhere near the only thing sorority girls do.
This is not to say that they don’t drink. Some do, as do some independents. Drink if you want to, anon, and don’t if you don’t. It’s all good. (Obligatory Mother Hen Disclaimer: please drink responsibly and be mindful that the minimum legal drinking age is 21.)
so I heard that the drug rate is high at bama? is that just a rumor??
I have no idea?? I guess if I’ve managed to avoid it thus far, that shows that you could too.
Where can I find roomates? FB has a bunch of groups for the C/O 2018, but none of them seem to be official
Probably none of them are official, but they are a good way to get to know your future classmates.
However, UA also has an official roommate finder! You can use it by accessing the online housing application - log in to mybama.ua.edu and click On-Line Residence Housing Application near the center of your screen. The page opened will have a link at the top to access MyHousing. Click that, then click Application in the menu bar, and select the appropriate housing term. There is a nine-step process outlined along the top, most of which you have probably already completed. If not, work through that until you get to number 9: Roommate Selection. There are links at the top where you can search for people based on how they answered the questionnaire or by their name/email address. You can send someone a roommate request, which they can either confirm or delete.
I hope that was a clear explanation. This is a new process that UA just instituted, so it’s not perfect and I may not know the answers your questions about it (but I’ll do my best!). But give it a go and see what happens!
EDIT TO ADD: They’ve added a 10th section now with floor plans of all the residence halls so you can pick out exactly where you want your room!
Hi I'm more than likely going to be attending next year and I was wondering how my academic experience will compare to my high school career. The IB programme has been quite the experience, and I was wondering if the level of rigor in IB is greater than that of the coursework at UA or on par.
I didn’t do IB, but maybe some of my followers have. If any of you have an experience to share, hit up my ask box! :)
hi! I'm attending UA in the fall and I was just wondering what hall you recommend for dorms? I want suite style so I have narrowed it down to lakeside and presidential, I just want to know which is better? Also, is the rush process really overwhelming and do I stand a chance of not getting a bid? thanks! XX
I have stayed in Lakeside (can’t remember which one… East?) for a summer program and found the rooms perfectly fine. I think there’s even a door between the bedroom/bathroom area and the main living area, which Ridgecrest does not have. Definitely would recommend.
Presidential, on the other hand, seems to be a poor choice in general. I hear only terrible things about the cleanliness, wifi, etc. So of the two you’re considering, I would definitely go with Lakeside. Any of my followers who live in either of these communities are welcome to share their experiences!
I have never gone through rush, so I can’t really speak to that. From what I’ve heard, it sounds like quite a fun time of getting to know lots of new people. Ashlyn is an Alpha Chi Omega and could probably tell you more about the recruitment process and the likelihood of receiving a bid.
Hope to see you in the fall! Roll tide :)
Hi I am very interested in attending UA and just had some questions! For a transfer student do you think it's best to earn your aa degree first before applying here? And I'm also wondering about Greek life! Is is a lot harder for a transfer to get into a soroity?!
Hello! I’m glad you’re interested in transferring to Bama. You will love it here!
I couldn’t really speak to the matter of your Associate degree - if you’re close to completing it, you might just go ahead and do that before applying to UA. (Though I don’t know whether you would still be considered a transfer student in that case.) Best to take this question to the Admissions department.
The sororities on campus have separate “quotas” for upperclassmen/transfer students to make sure that these groups have a fair shot at getting in. Check out the Panhellenic Association website and get in contact with the group(s) in which you are interested to see what they have to say on the matter. (If United Greek Council is more your thing, click here.) Best of luck!
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