Hamilton, NY
Colgate University


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

To find the right college, focus equally on who you are as a student and individual, as well as who you want to become. This way, you won't be a fish out of water to begin with, but also you'll have a place where you can become who it is you want to become. Once you're in school, open yourself up to all possibilities--don't limit yourself to activities that you've already tried before or those in which you know people involved. Everyone experiences that uncomfortable beginning feeling--it's just whether you conquer it and really come into who you should become, or you submit to it and lose out on opportunities to grow.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who hates drinking, Greek life, anxious people, or a small campus. Also anyone who needs the resources/diversity of a city would not like it here.

Martha
Describe the students at your school.

Friends I made are friends for life.

Describe the students at your school.

Friends I made are friends for life.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Lots of fun, but an intimate setting.

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

Always go to the college that you like the most, not the one with the highest "ranking." I'm so glad I selected my University, but it was far from the best-ranked institution to which I was accepted.

Anna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

hook-up culture, binge drinking, very cold climate, most beautiful campus, one of the top producers of America's richest peop...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

hook-up culture, binge drinking, very cold climate, most beautiful campus, one of the top producers of America's richest people, top economics program, "new ivy"

What's unique about your campus?

the teacher student interaction. They go out of their way to assist students who are uncomfortable in the classroom or with the material.

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

You NEED to visit the campus because the people in the brochures are NOT always the one's that you'll see on the campus. Make sure the school gives you enough money for you to actually attend so there is no strain when it comes to buying school books or traveling from home to campus. Make sure the school gives a fair amount of attention to the course of study that you may be interested in majoring in. ASK QUESTIONS TO THE STUDENTS! Sophomores have the best opinions of the campus because they got through the homesickess and the struggle to fit in but they still have somewhat of a fresh perspective of the campus. College rank does matter especially to your reputation because some people will judge you based on that. Plus, its good to attend a school that you work really hard to get into.

Jason
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Your college experience is Colgate. We never had the distraction of a big city, and the community is extremely close. For 4...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Your college experience is Colgate. We never had the distraction of a big city, and the community is extremely close. For 4 years, I felt like I was part of something unique and special. It was a definititive time in my life and one that will and could never be repeated. it was awesome.

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

Apply to a lot of schools and keep an open mind. Find a major you're really passionate in, and follow what you WANT to do, not what you think you should do. You'll find yourself accelling, and enjoying what you're learning if you follow that. Do extra-curriculars starting from your first semester-- its such an easy way to meet people, including upper-classmen. Consider rushing a fraternity/sorority. if at the end you decide its not your thing, no biggie, but at least you tried.

What's unique about your campus?

The people. You're around so many other smart, driven, and fun people. I looked forward to walking through the Quard, recognizing faces, seeing friends and working closely with my professors. The professors and administration area also amazing are also amazing to work with. So, more than anything, the people make Colgate the great place that it is.

Devren
What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Colgate is the liberal arts curriculum. We were required to take courses across all disciplines--natura...

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Colgate is the liberal arts curriculum. We were required to take courses across all disciplines--natural science, social science, humanities--as well as interdisciplinary core classes. Also, we were not required to delare a major until the second semester of our sophomore year. For someone like me, who didn't have an idea of what I wanted to study in college after high school, I appreciated the opportunity to take so many diverse classes and to get to know members of the faculty in different departments across campus.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I am most impressed by Colgate's study abroad programs. I went on two of them! I spent a semester in Wollongong, Australia with Colgate's Environmental Studies department where I lived with Australian students, took classes at an Australian university and traveled with our study group. I also spent a semester in London, England with Colgate's English department. We went to museums, saw plays, learned about British history and traveled as a group. Because these programs were run by Colgate, I had no trouble tranfering the courses to get credit for my major.

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

Choosing the right school isn?t a scientific process at all; don?t bother with SAT scores, lists or rankings when you make the important decision about where you want to spend arguably the most critical 4-year period of your life. Sure, these ranks and measurements are important, but nothing can compare to the way campus feels to you when you visit. Talk to as many current students as you can and ask them what they like?and don?t like?about their school. Notice the atmosphere of the dorms, the dining hall, and the academic buildings. Are you comfortable? And more importantly, is this a place where you can grow? Once you?ve made your decision and arrive on campus, take care of these three aspects of your life: academic, social and extra-curricular. A satisfying college experience depends on figuring out the best balance between those priorities. You might not know right away what is best for you, but that?s ok: freshman year is the best time to try out something new. Ask for guidance if you need it, take risks, meet as many new people as you can, and don?t forget to sleep!

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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Make it liberal arts so you can be well-rounded and informed about everything. ...

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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. Make it liberal arts so you can be well-rounded and informed about everything. Someone who knows more than their specialty will go far in life. Those people are the groundbreakers because they always think outside the box first by conglomerating fields.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The community that thinks it's cohesive, but really isn't.

What's unique about your campus?

The fact that it's small enough to be familiar and big enough to have something left to be discovered.

Christie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colgate is an academically-liberal environment that encourages free through and thinking "outside the box".

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colgate is an academically-liberal environment that encourages free through and thinking "outside the box".

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's beautiful surroundings, alumni connections, amazing academic programs and classes, overall friendliness and community.

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

The college application process is such a game, but don't try to fgure out the rules, just go for what feels right and what you love. Never apply anywhere that you don't love - so don't necessarily apply to too many schools.

Danielle
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colgate is horribly preppy, but offers a very well-rounded education. The professors are EXCELLENT. The surroundings are beau...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colgate is horribly preppy, but offers a very well-rounded education. The professors are EXCELLENT. The surroundings are beautiful, I repeat, the scenery is breathtaking. Hamilton is relatively isolated, which is good for focusing on studies and for outdoor activities, but bad for artistic and cultural pursuits and may leave a student feeling suffocated.

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

Honesty is the best policy. Students and parents should be honest with themselves about what branch of knowledge the student should be pursuing. Students, don't try to force yourself into a field of study because it sounds like a good idea. Go with your heart. Parents, support your child's interests and talents. Help him find the field that is right for him. The family should also be honest with themselves about what is affordable. It may be enticing to accept an invitation to attend a brand-name school, but if the only way to put the student through college is to take out tens of thousands of dollars in loans, think carefully. When that student graduates, he will be handcuffed by debt and less able to follow his dreams, unless of course his only goal is to make 6+ figures. Think carefully about these decisions, then choose a program and a school that 1) offers an excellent program in the right field of study, and 2) will be affordable for the person(s) who will pay tuitition. Think carefully, and remain honest.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Career Services and the like focus mainly on placing econ and poli sci majors in positions as financial analysts and consultants. Forget any help if you're interested in doing anything else--they don't even know where to begin.

Sarail
Describe the students at your school.

My class mates are driven and highly intellectual beings whom are strongly involved in the community politically.

Describe the students at your school.

My class mates are driven and highly intellectual beings whom are strongly involved in the community politically.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Colgate University is that the class sizes are really small which allows the students to have a very intellectual and intimate relationship with the professors and the material being thought. The small class sizes not only allow for a better relationship with the professor but it also makes it easier to learn from the professor and get intellectually involved with the material.

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

Keep your options open, your apparent first choice may not be the actual school that is a perfect fit for you. I would have never imagined going to Colgate University, but it has been the best school I could have ever been accepted to. College is suppose to be an amazing experience for everyone, and with hard work and studying along with a good balance of having fun, it can be a great experience. Also don't be discouraged if what you intended to do in school and what you wanted to do with the rest of your life is not something you succeed in in college. I came into college expecting to go on to medicine, but along the way I learned that it wasn't right for me. I'm not saying give up on your dreams, but do something that you are good at and that you do enjoy at the same time. Failing isn't a bad thing if we learn how to overcome our failure and take our defeat with pride and dignity. I wish I would have learned that sooner. Now I'm graduating college persuing law and I couldn't be happier.

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

Finding the right college is about figuring out who you are. When you are honest with yourself about the things you want for yourself, the right environment can be easy to find. Visiting campus and speaking with actual students are the best ways to determine how you might fit in there and are often extremely enjoyable. Moreover, the notion that there is a singular "right college" for you is probably not true. College is all about finding an environment you can flourish in and the people who will encourage you to do so. Making the most of your college experience is all about taking advantage of this environment and these people. Try new things, meet new people, and go new places. Everyday is an opportunity to wake up and have the best day of your life.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Colgate University is the amazing family of people that live, work and play there.

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