1) Her dorm is not quite a study environment as it is a resource for finding information from other students. She says the dorm is always pretty loud with people talking and laughing. However, she really likes it due to all of the people living around her that she has access to. She is able to find out who had the same class as her so she is able to ask questions about past and current assignments, as well as finding out information about classes as a whole.
2) Nathan talks much more about the social aspects of the dorm and the party features that go along with it. Nathan does not mention studying or academic work done in the dorms. Rather, she talks about drama, customization of dorm rooms, alcohol and drug related stories, etcetera. However, Laura talks exclusively about studying in the dorms and how she uses her fellow dorm mates as resources.
3) Dr. Voss does not seem to ask set questions. The interview seems to be more of a conversation as an informal interview.
First of all, my personal network tends to very much agree with Nathan’s discovery about the lack of diversity. My group of friends tends to be very much like myself, mainly white coming from around the same social background and the same beliefs. This is mainly due to my wanting of being surrounded by people much like myself, as I can always relate to them and we also have the same characteristics and personality, something that I want in a friend.
I have mainly met my friends through shared experiences and groups that have brought us together. These include shared classes, shared floor/dorm, pickup basketball, and parties off campus that brought us together. Similar to Nathan’s observations, I have continued friendships from high school and home and some of these people tend to be some of my better friends on campus.
As for the time frame of acquaintance, I agree with Nathan on the fact that students tend to create a group of friends early on in the academic year. I have experienced the same for the most part, as most of my friends today were also my friends early on in the year. Some people have come and gone, but for the most part, I am still acquainted with the same group of people as I was in the first quarter of school.
The people in my network also tend to share the same network experiences as I do. Most of their friends also tend to be from the same background/ethnicity, like me. This further supports Nathan’s claim that college students tend to surround themselves with people very similar to themselves.