Seminar

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  • #612239
    12131415
    Participant

    Does anyone no wat the rules for seminar are? Like the uniform, rules about electronics, curfew. Also are the dorms nice and is the food good?

    #1049423
    TheGoq
    Participant

    the schedule is as follows

    6:00 wake up

    6:15 smile practice

    6:30 breakfast

    6:31 calisthenics

    8:00 first class of the day brainwashing 101

    10:00 chumash

    12:00 nutrition class how to survive on water and carrot sticks for an entire day

    1:00 lunch

    1:01 basket weaving

    3:00 group discussion on the importance of tznius

    5:00 hilchos lashon hara

    7:00 dinner

    7:01 free time, everyone runs out for falafel

    10:00 bedtime

    #1049424
    kayla1994
    Member

    The uniform is pretty chill. You need to wear a button-down shirt with a collar, and color/pattern. Officially only solid dark color sweaters/shirts over that, but at a certain point in the year nobody cares any more. Dark pleated skirts, short or long (although if your skirt’s too short you will probably get “skirted”), any shoes. They don’t care about your makeup or jewelry.

    Electronics: reaaalllly strict. Anybody found with a smartphone/iPod touch etc. is in major trouble.

    Curfew: officially 10:15 but if you need late curfew you just call an aim habayit and ask. They’ll usually give you till 12 depending on your reputation/the reason/which aim habayit you’re talking to. In the beginning of the year they are really into curfew but at a certain point it’s pretty much a free-for-all.

    Dorm: on a scale of 1-10 I’d put the conditions at a 6. You learn to live with it. 3 floors, not including the ground floor where the kitchen and lounge/library is. Always enough showers/bathrooms which is a big plus. 4-6 girls a room, each girl gets a filing cabinet and a big drawer for their stuff. Bunkbeds. There is a lounge/library downstairs where you can chill and there are hammocks on the roof, which is cool. The food is awesome and insanely fattening.

    #1049425
    kayla1994
    Member

    *any color/pattern

    #1049426
    hashtag
    Member

    can we wear like bright coloured sweaters?

    im imH going to seminar this year i cant waittttttttt

    #1049427
    HLM
    Member

    Any blouse and pleated black skirt. You can wear colored sweaters as far as I remember (I did)

    Electronics: kosher phone only. And cameras… no internet devices if that’s what your asking. No internet ipods ok. No computers… if you follow the rules you’ll be ok:)

    curfew is 10:15, but attempt to get extensions as often as possible 🙂 🙂

    Dorm: everyone is in same sleeping dorm. Bottom floor is computers, dining room, living room? (couches and piano) and laundry room. Then three floors above that for sleeping.

    have a fun year!

    #1049428
    TheGoq
    Participant

    is it about having fun?

    #1049429

    they have a piano???????????????? WOW!!!!!!!!

    #1049430
    kayla1994
    Member

    hashtag every year is different re stringency in uniform rules – last year nobody cared what color/pattern sweater you were wearing and everybody showed up in slinky skirts. then at the end of the year they cracked down. it depends on the staffs’ individual and collective moods.

    #1049431
    hashtag
    Member

    thanks!!

    what are the dorms like??

    also when do we get to wear ordinary clothes? (i want to know how much to bring)

    #1049432
    kayla1994
    Member

    the dorms are really not that bad as dorms go, at first I was kinda scarred cuz the rooms are pretty cramped and i didn’t have space for my stuff, but you really can get used to anything. It’s very clean – they have an ozeret every day – which is a big plus. always enough showers/bathrooms. and regarding the clothes everyone’s different; personally i can’t stand blouses so i changed every day after class. there’s lots of free time (no night classes) so bring tons of ordinary clothes. and however many clothes you think you’re gonna need, pack double. you’re gonna be wearing the same stuff for a whole year and you’ll see how sick of them you get. Shabbos clothes also – people tell you you don’t need so many – THIS IS A LIE.

    #1049434
    mavmav
    Participant

    10:00 Curfew? sure (sarcasm)….

    #1049435
    hashtag
    Member

    Kayla- yay your so helpful!!

    How many shabos outfits do you recommend?

    How much cupboard space do they give you in the dorms?

    What are the showers like?

    Any info u have please……

    THANK YOU

    #1049436
    cis
    Member

    So not! Kayla1994, you talk like you were there in 1994,you’re not updated at all..I was just in Seminar and the dorm is gorgeous. They have a student lounge on each floor, so there’s always someplace to go, with couches and computer/printer . There’s a separate computer room on the main floor with email access, no internet access anywhere, and a gorgeous lounge and library on the dining room floor. A very nice piano, I play, so I ought to know.

    Also they renovated the dorm and made new bathrooms and showers, gorgeous..there’s always hot water, most dorms have only a few hours a day.

    My sister said they’re installing a/c in the dorms now.

    The place is spotless, they clean it all the time.

    And they have a lot of work so there’s not that much free time, but the pressure’s not bad, except of course, certain times of year.

    They got pretty strict on the dress code and other stuff, not sure what you’re talking about that they forget, they really don’t.

    The staff is always there for you, really amazing.

    Our teachers are the Guest Speakers in other seminaries.

    They’re having a great year, I visited recently, and it was so great to see Mrs. Flam and Mrs. Weichleder and all the others. I actually went twice so I could see everyone.

    They really care and it’s the best place.

    You’ll have a great year, and really take it with you. Good luck If you have any other questions, I’ll gladly answer.

    Oh and I forgot about the Shabbatonim..They are beyond. They just went on a SHabbaton (my sisters there now) and they were there from Thursday, it was gorgeous and the girls had an amazing time.theyre very generous..with everything,

    #1049437
    hashtag
    Member

    I’m loving it!!! I’m so excited!!!!!!! What else do I need to know? About clothes, dorms, girls, teachers, area, food….

    Thanks

    #1049438
    12131415
    Participant

    I’m soo excited to go!!!! It sounds soo amazing!!! I’m also really scared tho cuz I’m going completely on my own, I don’t no anyone going at all!!!! Can’t wait to meet u hashtag!!

    #1049442
    kayla1994
    Member

    Cis – mm hm…it’s all a matter of opinion. I honestly did not mean to come off as negative; it is a great place. But those are my opinions on the dorm conditions 🙂

    #1049443
    kayla1994
    Member

    “They got pretty strict on the dress code and other stuff, not sure what you’re talking about that they forget, they really don’t.”

    What I meant was that in the beginning of the year they are pretty strict about a lot of stuff and as the year goes on they let a lot of thing slide. At least in my year that’s what happened.

    #1049444
    hashtag
    Member

    121314…. I just booked my flight this is so exciting!!

    #1049448
    12131415
    Participant

    Hashtag I didn’t book mine yet!!!! When do we even start????

    #1049449
    hashtag
    Member

    They don’t know yet they said probably the 9th

    #1049453
    healthcrazy
    Member

    do they keep there dorms open for every Shabbos?

    also is there a lot of work/pressure?

    #1049454
    YochiP
    Member

    Yes, the dorm is open every Shabbos!! (in the weeks that people want to stay, which is usually)

    They will also place you if you want to leave and don’t have where to go.

    There is a nice amount of work, but not a lot of pressure, meaning, some times there could be more pressure, just because of deadlines but not because the school puts pressure.

    Also the schedule is very worked out so they take into consideration when they make deadlines it shouldn’t be the day after a shabbaton etc…

    #1049455
    healthcrazy
    Member

    thanks, just what I wanted to hear. what if I really want to go to that sem, but my skills are very lacking? will they work with me? thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #1049456
    YochiP
    Member

    I don’t know. There were a few girls who worked with a tutor because their skills were lacking. But it is academic and there is a lot of work. You’ll have to wait for your interview and hope for the best…

    #1049457
    Vogue
    Member

    I have a few friends who went there. The school does not allow you to wear denim while you are there for seminary, but some girls when they come back start wearing denim skirts again. The hashkafa is similar to ateres but there are no hair rules from what I can recall. Some girls sneak in phones that are not kosher. Typically, these phones are text phones that slide as opposed to blackberrys/ iphones/ androids. They have an email service in the dorm that you have to pay $40 to use.

    The most important thing in searching for a seminary/ being prepared for the interviews is to try to speak to girls who went there a few years ago (like your seniors when you were freshman in hs) and also speak to a girl who is there now. Yes, every year is different but when choosing a seminary, you are trying to grow in a way that the growth should stay with you for a long time. Also, try to come up with at least five questions to ask whoever is interviewing you. The way that they answer your questions will be a key factor in determining if you get accepted if you should go there. I asked the person who interviewed me for a seminary a question and his reaction was not so great. I got accepted so I went, but I ended up leaving because I did not notice any of the red flags until I got there (for me, the other girls had a blast there).

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