All In Good Time

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Apparently, our Housing Department has been receiving a lot of questions about Move-In. Though it’s still a few months off, we thought we’d address the most common thing that is being asked.

When do we get to move in??

PLEASE, refer to your Move-in Date and Time WITHIN Campus Express! This is by far the most accurate means of figuring out exactly when you’re scheduled to move into Fisher Hassenfeld (or whatever College House you’re assigned to!).

Some parents have been asking about the possibility of paying to move in early, on Wednesday, August 21st. This is a tad bit confusing: although this was an option in prior years, it no longer is. The only time you should attempt to arrive is during your assigned move-in time. There is a strict policy in place that no freshman will be permitted to move-in prior to Thursday, August 22nd unless approved by the Office of Student Disability Services and/or for some extremely extenuating circumstance.

We know you’re excited to get here (just as we are excited to meet you!), and that the idea of trying to come early may be appealing. However, please respect the policies in place, which are set up to make the move-in process as efficient and streamlined as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 215-573-4295 with any questions, or for any further clarification!

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Triple Talk

Were you assigned a triple room in Fisher Hassenfeld? If so, you may have some questions about how this situation is going to work. Never fear! We have a video on deck to help, starring real life Fisher Hassenfeldians who spent a year living in a triple in the House. We interviewed them at the end of the year and they gave us great advice about different room set-ups, balancing social and private space, and more! Give it a watch and see if it helps address your inquiries. Feel free to contact us with any other questions you might have!

One quick tip: We strongly suggest that all roommates, but triples especially, get in touch over the summer via phone, Skype, email or Facebook. It really helps to “meet” in advance, figure out who is bringing what, and figure out room configuration before you’re actually here during move in!

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Sound Off

Every year, a committee at UPenn chooses the theme for the academic school year – a sort of rallying point for events, guest speakers, and activities throughout both semesters. 2013-2014 is The Year of Sound – an opportunity to explore sound and the way it affects and shapes our lives and our environments.

Your first encounter as Freshmen with The Year of Sound will be through the Penn Reading Project. You’ll read by The Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop by Adam Bradley over the summer, and then participate in a lively discussion during NSO (on Monday, 8/26, to be exact) with campus leaders and faculty.

Now might be a good time to start thinking about sound, and the many ways it plays a role in your world: from the alarm that wakes you up in the morning, to the music in your headphones, to the recorded voice announcing the next stop on the bus or subway…

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Peek inside actual FH rooms!

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Want a sneak peek at an example of what your room in Fisher Hassenfeld might look like? Click on the links below to see sample 360 degree photos of singles, doubles, and triples in FH.

**Please note: With the exception of Class of ’28, room styles in FH vary widely. The photos we provide are not guarantees that this is how your double, single, or triple will necessarily be shaped or what it will look like. For a better understanding of your specific room layout, please see here (best viewed with Internet Explorer on a PC).

Singles:

Doubles:

Triples:

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Room Assignments Coming Soon!

We know you all are chomping at the bit to find out your room assignments for the 2013-2014 academic year at UPenn. We can’t wait to welcome 400-some-odd of you to our amazing house!

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a view of bluestone courtyard, where many a hang out is had

If you want more info to whet your whistle about Fisher Hassenfeld, or any other college house on campus, visit the College Houses and Academic Services website. Check back in on Monday for links to our Facebook and Twitter pages, and *new* this year: 360 degree views of sample dorm rooms!

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Important Move Out Info for FH Residents!

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How’d it Get so Late so Soon? – Dr. Seuss

Yesterday was officially the last day of classes, putting an end to our freshman year. To be honest, I can’t believe that time has gone by so quickly. Before I know it, I’ll be back at my high school, in June, seeing my senior friends graduate-seeing them walk the very same steps that I did a year ago.

I’ve done a lot of thinking over the course of the past couple of days and have come to the conclusion, that while freshman year was a big challenge both academically and socially (and physically… freshman 15, anyone? Why cant half of my clothes fit?), I actually really enjoyed freshman year. I’ve created so many incredible memories with incredible people. I’ve gained friendships, lost friendships, and even have brand-new day-old friendships that I’m beyond excited to see grow. I’ve heard incredible leaders, businesswomen, Grammy-award winning artists, and the likes speak and inspire. I’ve watched movies until 2am with friends, ordered insomnia at midnight and ordered pizza and milkshakes at 3am with my hall mates. I’ve sat in my friends’ room talking for hours when I really should have been working on my writing seminar portfolio. I’ve laid out in the Quad on those days with picture perfect weather, the perfect teaser for summer. I’ve been stuck in my room for two days after having been sick yet have so many friends come to bring me food, orange juice, and even cough drops.

Seeing so many prospective students during Penn Preview Days and Scholars Preview or even sometimes on my walk back to the Quad at 2am from the library or on Saturday when the chimes ring Penn’s song (HURRAH HURRAH.), I remind myself that I’m living my dream. This is where I wanted to be, and now I’m here, living it and doing it. And I have to enjoy EVERY minute of it, because before I know it’ll be gone. Which brings me back to: how is freshman year over?

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My RA Ramie is offering our hall some time to sit down and reflect on the year–“Reflect with Ramie.” Even if you’re RA isn’t doing this exercise, I really think everyone should. Sit down and think about what worked, what didn’t work, what you loved, what you hope to change, and what you learned. I really think this can set the groundwork for an even more incredible year next year.

Good luck studying for exams. Just one more push and we can make it through! Make sure to take a study break and check out all the cool reading day activities!

Happy Studying!

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