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

Make sure to get a good group of friends at the beginning. They will be your support network and your lifeline. Make sure tha...

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

Make sure to get a good group of friends at the beginning. They will be your support network and your lifeline. Make sure that they truly care about your well-being. Don't do *anything* sexual. You'll regret it for the rest of your life. Be open to ideas and be humble. You won't always be right, but at the same time, be willing to stick to your convictions. Love your friends back, by helping them do what's right and by protecting them from themselves. Ask them to do the same for you.

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

The school is overwhelmingly liberal. Being conservative makes you feel more alienated than being homosexual. People are fairly intolerant of political differences of opinion. For a school that promotes tolerance, it seems hypocritical that conservatives are almost entirely shut out. It does a disservice to the students to not provide them with good academic representatives from both sides of the aisle.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person shouldn't attend this school if they are not highly self-motivated. Although the workload is easier than you might expect, you have to be prepared to buckle down. There is a lot of liberty in terms of how you spend your time, so if you're not careful and self-motivated, you can quickly fall behind and start to do poorly.

John
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for being extremely prestigious, smart, and exclusive.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for being extremely prestigious, smart, and exclusive.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about the Core program and time management.

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

Don't worry too much about which school you're going to get into. Make the most of your experience. Make sure your school has the extracurricular activities and programs you want.

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

Students take such pride in being Harvard students. They also study really hard, even on the weekends. The libraries are just...

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

Students take such pride in being Harvard students. They also study really hard, even on the weekends. The libraries are just great, and set up conveniently for students.

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

I would encourage students to spend a great deal of time researching colleges before and during the application process. Students should make lists of their priorities in a college; for example, while dining hall quality might be seen as trivial to some, it might be important to others! If you like to research from actual books, the quality of the library system and its ease of use will be crucial. Also, don't underestimate the importance of a strong, caring network of peer and faculty advisors, as college is confusing and advisors can help you make decisions. Once at college, be sure to take advantage of unique opportunities your school or surroundings offer! If you go to college in Boston, check out the North End's Italian restaurants, rather than ordering in Domino's, for example. Also, on a related note, don't feel pressured to spend, spend, spend. Set a "fun budget." Maybe go out to eat weekly, and save up for that. Check out the flyers around campus to help you find fun, cheap things to do over the weekend. Going to concerts, plays, etc. can be a great way to find culture and friends!

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

It is difficult for many freshmen to find a social network, or to really feel as though they belong.

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

One very important thing to remember is that there is no one college that is right for everyone. Every student beginning on t...

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

One very important thing to remember is that there is no one college that is right for everyone. Every student beginning on this journey is going to follow a different path, and that's ok. Some students will know exactly what they want to do with their lives, and will be able to decide accordingly by choosing a school that is particularly strong in that subject. Other students won't be so sure, and would most likely do best at a school with many options. This allows the student to determine their interests and decide what path they want to follow. Even for students who believe they know exactly what they want to do, it's still a good idea to choose a school that will provide alternate options. Very few people know at 17 or 18 years old what the rest of their life holds. Of course, there are other considerations. Take into account the surrounding area, the extracurricular activities offered, and certainly the atmosphere on campus. All your time isn't spent in the classroom, and the college experience consists of much more than an academic program. However, it all contributes to the educational experience.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the amount of resources it is able to provide. It is a school with a very large endowment and very good alumni support, allowing it to supply a lot of money in financial aid and provide very many resources to its students. This, in turn, leads to a very diversified student body, which leads to an overall better educational experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Before coming to this school, I wish I'd really know that I'd need to work a lot harder than I have.

Bret
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is best known as an academic institution. Its research, both by professors, graduate students, and undergraduates, is...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is best known as an academic institution. Its research, both by professors, graduate students, and undergraduates, is unparalleled. Furthermore, the academic minds affiliated with the school are extremely well respected and renowned around the world.

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

When selecting a college, the number one priority should be to find a college that will provide the best college experience. While research, websites, and information packets can be useful, the most important tool for parents and students is to experience the different schools themselves. Parents and students should visit colleges, and students should explore both academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities available to them. Additionally, parents and students should seek current college students similar to the applying student and ask them about their experiences at the school. Asking the first people you come across is not enough - one must look deeper at varying individuals' first hand experiences at the school. Once a parent and a student select a school, they should do everything they can to find out about all available opportunities and resources that are available to them.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not motivated, or aren't self starters. One must have confidence in oneself and be prepared to face adversity.

Duncan
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is Harvard, it's seen as the ivory tower that everyone else compares themself to. Also, Larry Summers' sexist remark...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is Harvard, it's seen as the ivory tower that everyone else compares themself to. Also, Larry Summers' sexist remarks.

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

Talk to a college admissions officer about your interests, and make sure the admissions officer knows what they're talking about and is competent.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how hard I would be expected to work in the classes I chose, and that it isn't always necessary to challenge yourself for the sake of challenging yourself.

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

this is the best university in the US and perhaps even the world. It is difficult to get into because it is an elite institut...

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

this is the best university in the US and perhaps even the world. It is difficult to get into because it is an elite institution that is designed soley for its students to come out of it with an experience that prepares then in their field like no other. This, is unique.

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

Finding the right college is synonomous with finding the right people. People- your classmates- make the college experience. ...

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

Finding the right college is synonomous with finding the right people. People- your classmates- make the college experience. When you visit schools, of course talk to students, but also get their email addresses. Ask them to get you in contact with students involved in the kind of activities and majors you are interested in. Get in touch with multiple people from each college and ask yourself, "Are these the kind of people I want to go to school with?" You will be surrounded by them for four or more years. You want to be excited at the prospect of rooming with, having meals with, and running into them in the hallways. Once you're at college, branch out right away. It's great to have your freshman year roomate to eat those first few meals with, but continue meeting people well into freshman year, so you maximize your chances of finding people you will really bond with. Stay open that first year- and stray away from dating right away too- it almost guarantees you won't meet new people. Last thought: be proactive- don't wait until senior year to try something you've always wanted to. Do it NOW!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The attitude people have about their work. Work can sometimes be the topic of conversation: how are finals looking for you, what classes are you taking? People don't always take the time to go out and do spontaneous things. Also, there is not a lot of awareness or a culture around struggling students. Lots of students here struggle with academics, with managing their time, and their life in general, but put on a face that everything is fine. People should go out and have fun more often, and hang out with friends a lot more!!!

Shannon
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is known as the best university in the world. We attract the best students and professors. We have the best facilitie...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Harvard is known as the best university in the world. We attract the best students and professors. We have the best facilities- from sports to housing to research to the library. Oh yeah, the library is also the best in the world. It's the only place you meet people who can drink themselves into oblivion, perform in a symphony they wrote, and ace an organic chemistry exam the next day. It's also really old and interesting, like Hogwarts.

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

There's a lot of pressure. Pressure to do well in classes, have lots of friends, go to lots of parties, get a great job, get into grad school, do impressive things over the summer, save the world with your extracurriculars. I'm embarassed to admit when I spend a weekend reading a book and catching up on classwork. I feel like a loser because I have a part-time job instead of being the president/treasurer/whatever or some high flying club. Everyone buys a suit during their freshman year.

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

I think the most important question to consider is "What will this college do for you?" Will it guarantee you your dream job? Help you meet your future spouse or the best friends of your life? Will it give you time to figure out who you are and delve deeply into a subject of personal interest? Will it teach you a useful skill that you can quickly apply to a career you want? A lot of students jump into elite 4 year schools, when perhaps they would rather have been accountants or dental hygienists. Think about your own priorities and what will make you happy. There is no one fit answer for everybody. Some students go to Harvard, hate it, have no idea what they want to do afterwards, and end up working at the University in admissions or the library while paying off 200K in loans. But if you make the wrong choice, don't despair. Students transfer all the time- a few of my friends transferred and they fit in fine and are very satisfied with their decisions. It's never too late to be happy!

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

In my opinion, the most important piece of advice for both parents and students during the stressful college search is this: ...

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

In my opinion, the most important piece of advice for both parents and students during the stressful college search is this: colleges are more alike than different. I go to any Ivy League college, but I can tell you that I have met people of equal intelligence and achievement that go to state or city colleges. The lesson that I have learned from these discoveries is that you get out of college what you put in. In other words, you may go to to Harvard or Yale, but if you don't take your studies seriously and you depend on the school's reputation rather than your own merit, your success will be limited at best. However, no matter what school you go to, if you put your all into your studies, you are bound to make the most of your college career, for all schools provide the essential building blocks that one needs to succeed (e.g. , qualified professors, a centered learning environment): some just have more money and resources. The key, though, is to realize that none of the trappings matter. What matters is the fact that you can obtain a great education anywhere, through your own efforts.

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

The fact that you can never have a moment's rest. Whenever you have free time, you think, "I could/should be doing some work," and you just feel so much anxiety. It's horrible.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing is the people, i.e. other students. They share your plight and really help to keep you grounded. They are what keeps you sane at Harvard, really.

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