I wish that I would of known how serious the workload and the courses are at the university. I knew that it was a top school, but I do not feel that I was prepared or well equipped to handle the courses that I took the first semester. They delve straight into subjects you have never taken before and that you have no prior knowledge in and they don not slow down. I wish that I would have been prepared to be shocked and amazed and terrified at the level this school is at.
How to enjoy a life
I wish I had known how seriously I should have taken AP exams.
I wish that I had known how much emphasis was given to science and engineerings studies, sometimes to the detriment of the humanities.
I think it would have been nice to know about the partying scene prior to coming to school in that it was a lot more intense than I had imagined it to be. However, both drinkers and non-drinkers are at ease at parties and if you are a non-drinker, you will never be pressured to drink by your peers, which is another wonderful thing about Rice students.
If you do whatever you're supposed to well, then you should have many (career) options.
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