Samantha Friesen

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California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

Gregori Class of 2017


Weighted GPA at Gregori: Above 4.0

SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): 1260

Extracurriculars at Gregori: Key Club, Global Club, Mock Trial, Pole Vault

What are the dorms like on campus? What would you recommend students bring to their dorms?

I live in the South Mountain Residence Halls, known as the Red Bricks. Due to an over acceptance of a large number of freshman, most of the dorm rooms here are triple occupancy, however my particular dorm has quite a bit of storage space. One of my favorite things about my particular dorm is the community feel. Because we all live in such close proximity to each other, I see pretty much everyone who lives on my floor and most of the people living in the residence hall. The first floor of the dorms has a large study room and a community room with activities like ping pong and pool. The other thing about living in the dorms is that everyone is so friendly and it's easy to strike up conversations with anyone even if you're just sitting in the common room or washing your hands in the community bathroom. The other on-campus living options include North Mountains, Sierra Madre and Yosemite, and the apartments in either Cerro VIsta or Poly Canyon Village; each with it's own set of pros and cons.

Do you typically eat food on campus? Do you like the food there? Are you on a food plan with the university?

Because of the dining plan I typically eat on campus. Cal Poly's plan consists of a declining balance system on your PolyCard. This means you have a balance of about $1,500 put onto your PolyCard per quarter and you can use this money to buy food from any of the food places on campus or the Village or Campus Markets. Food here is not the greatest, but it's not the worst. There isn't too much variety, so eating at the same places can get a little boring even if the food isn't half bad. Fortunately the two on-campus markets have a little more of a variety available when it comes to eating.

Have you had to change your study habits to accommodate to the workload at college compared to high school?

The work load on campus is very different from high school, especially with the quarter system. This means that each class is only about 10 weeks long. The biggest change is that grades are primarily based on midterms and finals, as opposed to homework assignment and in class activities. You have to decide to sit down and study and I cannot emphasize the importance of finding a system of taking notes and studying that works for you, particularly in the case of lecture-based classes. The professors proved the information, but you have to actively take it all in and make an effort to learn.