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Hello. My name is Rachel, incoming junior transfer student to lehigh. I just have some questions maybe some of you could answer. So.. I know everyone says how much fun lehigh's campus is, but I am commuting so anything about the campus doesn't really matter to me. Anyway, since I am commuting I was wondering if anyone knows how the parking is. At my old school it was hell and I have a feeling it will be better but I would just like to know to be sure. Also I have never been waitlisted for a class, until now and I would like to know if anyone else has and when they found out whether they had the class. What are 4 o'clock quizzes? They sound bad. And lastly I am a psych major and was wondering if there are any others out there and if they have any advice to offer, and if anyone knows how to get supervised research.
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[User Picture]From: poor_man
2006-08-01 11:39 pm (UTC)
4 o'clocks aren't that bad. just part of your grade, basically. mostly like any other test. with 4 o'clocks, finals aren't the only part of your grade, 4 o'clocks contribute to your grade, too.
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[User Picture]From: seeking_insight
2006-08-02 01:11 am (UTC)

hi, i'm ted. class on '04.

i guess my info is a bit outdated by now, but i'll tell you what i remember:

if you're serious about parking on campus, you have two options: get a pass and arrive early, or don't get a pass and arrive even earlier. there aren't a lot of places to park without some kind of permit. after all, lehigh is built into the side of South Mountain. when i was an undergrad, i had a permit, i parked at the base of the mountain, and i walked the campus daily. i found that method to be fairly hassle free, so it might work for you.

i was never wait-listed, but several of my friends were. invariably, there are shake-ups and schedule changes in the first couple weeks of every semester. if you're wait-listed and you really want or need the class, go see the professor in the first week and make your predicament known. attend the class during that first week. you may notice that some poor schmuck isn't answering the role... and you may have just won your slot on the roster.

4 o'clocks are the lehigh version of midterms. the bonus is, you have two per semester in a normal class instead of one. the advantage is that you'll have less material to cram into your brain for each test. the disadvantage is that some profs still treat them as cumulative. good luck with that. still, i thought 4 o'clocks were a good system. but then i was a history major, so most of my classwork followed a very regular progression.

sorry i can't help you with info on your major. i'm sure you'll find some other psych majors around soon. welcome to lehigh.
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[User Picture]From: spelly
2006-08-02 01:12 am (UTC)
well, they just built this big new parking garage, I'm not sure if it will be available for commuters but in theory it should free up parking spaces anyway. parking on campus isn't too bad, but I don't drive that often so my car sits in my dorm parking lot.

As for waiting lists, I don't think you know whether or not you're in until classes actually start, when I got waitlisted the first time I dropped it and took a different section and the second time it was a mistake so I got an override. Try emailing the department or professor and see what they say.

4 o'clocks are Lehigh's version of midterms, except there are two rounds of them, so the first set is kind of early in the year. That and the fact that the second round tends to come not long after the first set ends is why most (at least I) dislike them. And they're tests, of course. Not all professors have both, my history prof only had one midterm. And it depends on the prof as to how much they count towards your grade. They're usually just an hour long, either in class or at 4(thus the name).

Hope that helps!
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[User Picture]From: drowles04
2006-08-02 01:40 am (UTC)
Most Freshman and Soph classes have 4 o'Clocks but it really depends on the class. I am a biology major and my professors have as many tests as often as they want. I once had 8 tests plus a final for one class.
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From: xdivajess27x
2006-08-02 03:44 am (UTC)
"4 oclocks" are technically just supposed to be for classes that have more than one section (ie 'intro' classes like psych, calc, etc) but a handful of profs do them anyway.. they were designed for fairness so one section wouldnt get the test first and the prof only has to make 1 test.. basically its a fancy name for tests (usually classes will have 2 and a final but like the above people said its not always the case)

i have found that parking sucks, but they built a new garage and they might have special commuter passes of sorts, i dont really know

when youre waitlisted you usually find out in a few days, you should email the prof to see how its going. i was waitlisted for a class first sem frosh year and emailed the prof (it was for my major, too) and i just ended up dropping it and taking another class, and then a spot opened up but i had already dropped it.

psych is a pretty common major, and i took intro to sociology/social psych and i liked it... thats pretty much all i got though.

welcome to lehigh!!!
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[User Picture]From: ebonaskavi
2006-08-02 02:14 pm (UTC)
generally commuters students park at the mountaintop campus and then take the bus down to the main campus. as spelly mentioned they have the new garage but i'm not sure if it's going to be available to commuters.
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[User Picture]From: y0ung__aspiring
2006-08-02 03:37 pm (UTC)
is the zoellner lot not available to commuters?
i live off campus and i received an application for a spot in that lot. obviously, i don't commute, but i just kind of assumed it was open to commuters.

anyway rachel, there's like one street [packer ave.] where free parking is available. there are only 3-4 blocks and it goes pretty quickly - usually by lazy people who, God forbid, can't walk 5 minutes down the hill. they can probably use the exercise too, but that's neither here nor there.

they give semester passes, i believe, to the parking decks. i got an application in the mail but im not using it so im not quite sure, but it might be $100 or so? i really can't remember. but the one parking deck is a ~4 block walk from [essentially] any classroom on campus, so it's convenient.

umm preparing for 4:00's is usually worse than actually taking the tests.
don't know anything about psychology.

welcome to lehigh and pleasepleaseplease don't conform! [that's a problem here] ok awesome byeeeee
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[User Picture]From: ebonaskavi
2006-08-02 05:12 pm (UTC)
i think commuters can park at ZAC but they have to pay the daily rate (like $1)
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