We know you have questions
Questions - freshmen have tons of them! In 2013, incoming Willard freshmen had tons of questions to ask sophomores, and here are their responses, arranged by topic!
The Application Process
Is Willard only for freshmen and sophomores?
It’s typically for freshmen and sophomores, but it’s possible for upperclassmen to live here!
What are the chances of you getting into Willard as a freshman if you put it as your top choice?
Among the residential colleges, Willard traditionally receives the highest ratio of applicants to available spots, so to be accepted, it is important to list Willard as your top choice. However, don’t let competition discourage you from applying. Because we are a large dorm, we do end up taking in approximately 200 Freshman every year…a pretty large chunk. My best advice: take some time to write a thoughtful RC essay (I know it’s the last thing you want to do in the summer, but it’s definitely worth it). Talk about what makes Willard special to you, and what you have to bring to the community.
Are housing applications done on a first come, first serve basis or is there a deadline and then everyone is put among the same applicants?
As long as you make the deadline, you will be put in the same pool as all the other applicants. Essays are required if you put at least one residential college on your top 5; however, only one common essay is submitted to each of the RCs on your list. Good luck!
What’s the closest shuttle stop to Willard?
The closest stop is Sherman/Emerson (right at the corner of Willard), although it would probably be faster to take the shuttle from the Arch to get to classes on North Campus.
How far is the gym from Willard?
The closest gym is Blomquist, which is about a 3 minute walk from Willard. However, when we move to our new building will have a fitness center on site!
What’s this point system about?
The points system can be kind of complicated, so here’s a quick-and-dirty guide to figuring it all out. Points are awarded for taking place in Willard activities and events. Come to Munchies, get a few points. Go to a Fireside, get a few more. Host a Fireside, and get a lot more! And of course, you get points for other things like participating in DM, water balloon fights, the infamous Date Auction, IM sports, Speed Dating, and more.
So, what’s the point? (…see what I did there?!) Basically, you need points to be a Willardite. You need to get at least 40 points by the beginning of Spring Quarter to live in Willard as a sophomore (which is incredibly easy, mind you).
So what’s the incentive for getting more than 40 points?
Well, the more points you have, the higher priority you have in choosing your room as a sophomore! That way, you can safely snatch up a GIGANTIC single that would be called a double anywhere else, a room with ITS OWN PRIVATE BATHROOM, the double with a BALCONY, or a larger-than-life TRIPLE! See? It’s simple!
Does Willard play intramural sports? Should I bring cleats? Shin guards? Sneakers? What’s appropriate?
Yes, Willard does play IM sports. IMs are intended to be very casual–something anyone and everyone can participate in. So don’t go out and buy gear, but if you already have some (and it sounds like you do), bring it along. Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, Willard will have our own sports equipment locked up somewhere specifically for IMs!
What IM sports do you have?
IM Sports include football, dodgeball, and volleyball in the fall, basketball and floor hockey in the winter, and ultimate frisbee, softball, and soccer in the spring. We don’t have an official cheersquad, but we love enthusiastic Willardites!
Where did the name Wooshack originate?
This is the question that has plagued the minds of Willard historians for years, and while its origins are unclear, the name has definitely stuck. Past theories have pointed out that the letters can be rearranged to form “Oh, ask cow” or “chaos wok.” We’re not sure what these messages mean, but we are sure that it’s too much to be coincidence.
Why should I pick Willard over Shepard?
While having our own dining hall, bigger rooms, and better social events are nice and all, what really sets Willard apart from Shepard is the spirit. Willardites are all proud of the place they live and the traditions they represent. We have a playful relationship with our namesake, Frances Willard, and try to emulate her principles “Libertas, Castitas, Sobrietas,” when we’re getting jiggy on the Polka Party dance floor or pudding wrestling in the sorority quad. You won’t find this kind of culture at Shepard or really anywhere else on campus. Look out for the Folklore fireside in early fall when you can learn more about the Frances Willard Party and past Willard traditions and pranks.
Why are we so awesome?
Scientists have been debating this issue for years; biologists tend to believe that we are genetically predisposed to be more awesome. They also contest that being in Willard causes a dramatic mutation of the orbitofrontal lobe, which controls social activity, causing Willardites to be just plain cooler than others. However, certain psychologists have determined that Willardites, when exposed to other Willardites, flourish within the community of awesome people. I personally believe that the world has to be in constant balance, and the universe has given us these increased powers of awesome to make up for all the suck that is compacted into Shepard Hall.
What does a normal Willard room consist of?
Each person in the room gets one of each of these:
What are the dimensions of the twin XL bed at Willard?
Twin XL Mattress: 39″ wide x 80″ long
Are bed risers allowed?
Nope. Nor are cinderblocks upon which you put your bed. Or lofting.
How large can the mini-fridges be?
Mini-fridges can be 3 cubic feet.
What’s the security like at Willard? Do you have a key to the building and a key to the room?
The key you get when you move in is part physical key to unlock doors, and part magic chip that unlocks external doors. So to get into Willard, you use the chip in your key fob to open the front door, then use it again to get into the stairwell, then again to get onto your floor. Then you’ll use the key like a normal key to get into your room.
Does Willard have air conditioning?
Yes! Our new building will be fully air conditioned and each room will be individually temperature controlled!
How often/when are the bathrooms cleaned?
The bathrooms are cleaned once a day on weekdays, but it’s really up to you to keep your bathrooms looking nice (and to keep the custodial staff happy).
Are there paper towels in the restrooms, or just dryers?
Just dryers.…but if someone is showering, you can always just wipe your hands on their towel. Although, you may have to wash them again.
What are girls’ bathrooms like? Is it hard to find a shower in the morning?
The showers are clean, and I’ve personally never had to wait for a shower. In my experience, the cleanliness of each bathroom varies considerably depending on how well people in that area of the floor take care of their bathroom.
Do we have to pay for laundry?
Nope! It's FREE!!!
Willard has High Efficiency washers. Does that mean we need HE laundry soap?
You can technically use normal laundry soap if you use less of it, but just to be safe (and make measuring your laundry soap easier), buy HE detergent. It’s not like it costs more or anything.
Is there an iron or ironing board in the Willard laundry room?
There’s not, but you can ask the listserv for an iron, unless you need one all the time, in which case you should probably get one. As for an ironing board, there are lots of flat surfaces all over Willard you can use as an ironing board, except, of course, the Salvador Dalí suite.
Does Willard have WiFi throughout the building?
It certainly does.
Is the internet connection at Willard fast enough? And if everyone’s using the internet at the same time, does the connection suffer?
The internet at Willard is plenty fast. As far as anyone here knows, there hasn’t been any correlation between internet speed and number of users.
Should I bring a printer, copier or scanner?
Deering Library and Norris both have printing but if you would like you can bring your own, or talk to your roommate/floormates/Woomates to see if you can share. What a great way to make friends!
What channels/shows can you see on XFINITY on Campus if you connect to it?
More than you can shake a stick at. (Unless you can shake a stick at premium channels like Starz and HBO.) The following channels are merely an aperitif to whet your NUTV appetite: NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, ESPN, MTV, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and Al Jazeera.