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Carnegie Mellon University


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Rahul
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an excellent school academically, but it needs to improve student life and health. Although students can join various e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an excellent school academically, but it needs to improve student life and health. Although students can join various extracurriculars, creating an organization requires excessive time and energy, which could be used for academics. That said, CMU provides its students with exceptional educations.

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

one of top Us.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

one of top Us.

Peter
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, it all comes down to the student. If you know how to balance your schoolwork and social life, then CMU is a great pl...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, it all comes down to the student. If you know how to balance your schoolwork and social life, then CMU is a great place to be. The only complain I would make is that it's really a lot of hard work, but you should know that if you're enrolling. The professors are very willing to help and overall, CMU does everything in it's paper to make sure each and every student succeeds not just in the classroom, but in life too. I don't regret my choice to go to this school, no matter how my GPA looks, and if I had to choose again, I would choose CMU.

Audra
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Carnegie Mellon is best known for it's drama program and robotics program. Additionally, it's overall world renown for it's c...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Carnegie Mellon is best known for it's drama program and robotics program. Additionally, it's overall world renown for it's computer science , engineering, and arts conservatory programs.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The journey will not be a straight line. You will not come out of college with the same career asperations and life visions you went into. The experiences you are most afraid to try will be the ones you cherish, that you turn over in your head an adult when things are uncertain. Don't be afraid of going abroad. You can and should never ben ashamed of asking for advice. However, remember that you already unciously know what you want. Listen to your gut. Take photos. Take photos of all those moments that seem fragile and transient. Don't be afraid to make mistakes or to go have stereotypical college experiences. The time to be an adult comes sooner than you think. You can trust your college friends with your hardships. When you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer junior year, you don't need to bear it silently. Your friends are stronger than you know and won't begrudge you help. Never let yourself stop writing.Once you reach graduate school, it will seem so important to learn to be professional, but don't allow yourself to lose the love of capture a moment in words on a page.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Carnegie Mellon is known for being rigorious. It's not uncomon for an ungraduate degree to take longer than 4 years to complete. The students that attend here should not be timid or unclear on who they are. Those with no work ethic need not apply. A person who has no clear vision of their future will not thrive here, because they lack thae motivation to pull them through the long nights. He need to be thick skinned, self starting, and open minded.

Connor
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the most underrated student bodies in the country in terms of intellect. Overall impression is that this is one of the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the most underrated student bodies in the country in terms of intellect. Overall impression is that this is one of the best schools in the country to focus on academics and be thrown into interdisciplinary study. Every student at Carnegie Mellon chooses a specific major in one of the 7 colleges and is required to minor in a college other than the one they are majoring in. This makes every student on campus have a really specific knowledge in their major and an often unrelated and multidisciplinary edge due to the minor requirement. CMU is a great school for students who know what the want before they get to college.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype in Pittsburgh in the northeast is that everyone at CMU is a bookworm. In general, it is true. People study here a lot, but it's due to the fact that everyone is really invested in what they are studying.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Robotics engineering clubs, Formula SAE racing, service organizations and a plethora of business clubs that cover every field of business.

Alexander
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its contribution to the scientific community. It is a top school that isn't an ivy league school...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its contribution to the scientific community. It is a top school that isn't an ivy league school. We draw professors from harvard, yale, oxford, mit, caltech, and others. It is known for computer science, engineering, business, architecture, and a few popular thespians. When people think of CMU they think of people who have their heart in their work, but at the end of the week, still know how to have fun. It is one of the best non-brand name universities a person could hope to attend.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself a great number of things. Firstly, I would say to make more friends early on, to live and experience college by taking risks and joining organizations. Secondly, I would push myself to find a mentor early on and develop relationships with several faculty who truly care about their students. And lastly, I would inform myself of how important research is at Carnegie Mellon. These three combined encompass all that I wish could have been, and I perhaps would alter given a second chance. Much of the past few years have been discovering myself as a person and defining who I am, what I want out of life, and who I should spend that life with.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Carnegie Mellon is a research and career focused school. It dabbles in interdisciplinary education but is well suited for those who know what they want to do and have the drive to do so. It works you hard, and you become a stronger person for it. The ideal person to attend this school would be one who has a clear idea of where they want to go, or a person who doesn't mind being broken and remolded into the person they will become. This is not a school for those who are unclear on what they want to do.

Gabby
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The first thing you need to know about this school is that you will be doing insane amounts of work, and so will everyone els...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The first thing you need to know about this school is that you will be doing insane amounts of work, and so will everyone else. Always. Even the weekends. All the time. Which isn't a bad thing! One of the reasons I decided to come here because I wanted to be challenged by the work I was doing instead of being able to easily grab straight A's and party. One of the few things I absolutely loathe about this place, though, is the hierarchy that seems to exist within the school. Essentially, Humanities and Business students are thought to do less work, followed by CFA, MCS, and then CIT, then SCS (of course). Its not that big of a deal, though. Also, Stress culture. People seem to be ruled by how much work they do-- people go around saying stuff like, Aw, I only got three hours of sleep last night! and the next guy will be all like, yeah, well I only got two! And they'll sort of laugh it out but you know the first guy was trying to sound all stressed and worked to death-- but he got beaten. Its a really terrible little game that happens sometimes, so if you aren't really excellent at coping with heavy stress, don't come here. Seriously. Don't. As far as Pittsburgh goes, its pretty cool. The transportation is free (the bus, I mean), there's a lot of cool places, shopping centers, cute little shops, museums (which you can get into free-- score! if thats your thing.) And of course be ready to have some hardcore CMU pride. If you are here, you learn to love it and everyone here, because you know that if you are surviving at CMU then you can probably survive anything. Most people on campus think we work harder than-- and are more successful than-- Ivy League students, for the fact that we work so hard, and pour so much of ourselves into it. A lot of the time CMU is thought of as second best (to MIT and other techy schools, ivies, so on), and that is a big part of CMU pride. For whatever reason, a lot of us were told we weren't good enough-- so CMU students have this sort of revenge thing. We will do amazing things. We will prove that they made the wrong decision! Whoever they are. And it feels awesome because for the most part, it's true. So, I suppose you should draw the line at how much you are willing to pour into your education. If it isn't your entire mind, body and soul, then watch out for this one. But if you are ready to take on a challenge and excel because of it, this is the place for you. Everyone here is super chill, you can be whatever you want to be, and you can pursue your life and education in the most intense, most satisfying ways. It gets tough, but its definitely worth it!

Brandon
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This school is great for running into a diverse, yet well-versed population. You can literally have a conversation about anyt...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This school is great for running into a diverse, yet well-versed population. You can literally have a conversation about anything with almost anyone and everyone participating will have something useful to contribute to the talk. It is easy to meet people from all over the world from a wide range of cultures who can passionately talk about their heritage and how it has influenced their goals in life.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First off, don’t smorgasbord your college experience. In college you'll have so many opportunities that you've never had, and initially, you’ll want to take advantage of them all. You’ll essentially bite off more than you can chew,and with a school like Carnegie Mellon, you are going to need CPR if you do so. Choose a concise, yet diverse set of activities to consistently get involved in. It’s truly a matter of organization and prioritization that you will later thank yourself for. Also, if you got by easy in high school, take a deep breath and brace yourself, because college is definitely the deep end of your academic swimming pool. Undergrad studies are meant to be challenging when it comes to work and workload, and your professors won't hesitate to deliver from day one of classes to the last final of your spring semester. But you didn't decide to go to college for easy A's, right? Nevertheless, when you are in over your head, don’t be afraid to call out for help. Your greatest relationships are forged in trials and tribulations, so reach out when you are feeling the heat.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is very easy to get brainwashed into the "I'm going to a great school and am going to get a great job and make great money when I'm done" mentality that exists in the culture here. The prospect of getting a degree for the sake of acquiring money as a means of raising one's status undermines the development of true passion and ingenuity for a trade or a cause.

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