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Co-op Housing

(August 08 2010) Written by: Alissa Anderson in Co-op

One of the big questions this weekend at College & Careers was "where do you live when you are on co-op?" 

If you are lucky enough to find a co-op in the Rochester area you say in your campus housing. One of my fellow RA's chooses to co-op every winter/spring so he can live in his residence hall and hang with his freshmen after his work day. A few of my sisters scored Rochester co-ops this summer so they stayed in their regular apartment to avoid move-out day in May. 
If you are going to leave the Rochester area you can pay a reduced fee and keep you apartment for when you return... or throw it back to the lottery and let a new student move in. 

Fo those of us on co-op out of the area finding housing varies between companies. Some companies have dorm-esq housing for their interns. Others have departments that help students find local housing or suggest places to live. My summer co-op hooked out of town students up with a moving stipend and a stipend towards their monthly bill. My fall company funded my trip out to Buffalo to apartment hunt, and has a similar monthly stipend plan for my monthly bill. 
Or, you can always choose to work close to home and live with mom & dad (that's what I did this summer!). 

I'm still hunting for my Buffalo apartment...but in honor of the Buffalo Bucket list I bought my future-roomie an apartment warming gift.....

A set of "I love Buffalo" glasses! 
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Comments (2)

  • Jeannette

    Jeannette

    25 August 2010 at 19:15 |
    Hi Ali,
    Pretty sure I was in your tour group at Colleges & Careers. Wanted to ask... for students who come in as engineering exploration, how soon can they expect to get into the engineering labs doing hands-on projects?
    Thanks!
  • Alissa Anderson

    Alissa Anderson

    25 August 2010 at 19:36 |
    Nice to hear from you Jeannette -

    The engineering exploration experience varies considerably from student to student. In my experience I had absolutely no idea what type of engineering discipline I wanted to go in - so I took "Into to Engineering" - a lecture course which introduces students to all the different majoring options. So no lab work, but winter quarter (ten weeks later) I was enrolled in two lab courses (a mechanical engineering class where I built a hammer in the shop, and a microelectronic engineering course in which I worked in the clean lab building a solar cell).

    So to answer you question, you can be in labs/hand-on projects as soon as November of your freshman year... or day one if you are leaning towards a particular major.

    Feel free to contact the engineer counselors with more questions about course logistics, but I was hands-on in November and have been ever since.

    Hope that helps! I'll try to blog more about it in the upcoming week!

    -Alissa

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