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ashley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I honestly love Parsons! It's very challenging, and a lot of your free-time is taken up because you are constantly busy, but ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I honestly love Parsons! It's very challenging, and a lot of your free-time is taken up because you are constantly busy, but at the same time you're at the best Fashion Design School in the Country, one of the top in the World, and you get to meet some of the greatest people from all over the world, and bond, explore new york city, and work together to rise to the top. The best thing about Parsons I have to say is the way the School constantly pushes you to think more creatively, more outside of the box. Parsons thinks for the future, so they push their students to design for the future. Given that Parsons is a Private School, the class sizes are very small! In the Fashion Design Curriculum there is no more than 17 students per class, which is very good, because this gives you individualized attention that you will need with your professor, and this also allows you to interact and explore with your peers, to help each other, and inspire each other in a cozy atmosphere. Another great thing about Parsons is that the name is recognized anywhere. People take Parsons very seriously, it's like the Harvard of Fashion Schools, so when Parsons is on your Resume, it's highly favored. For those students who like college campuses, well Parsons doesn't have a "Real" college campus, because it's spread out amongst new york city. The main headquarters for Fashion Design Students is in times square, but you will also have other classes that you would have to take that are at other buildings around new york city so you will have to commute, but don't worry! It's not hard and it's not scary. A lot of the buildings are in walking distance from each other. As a Freshman you have to go through foundation year which means that it's not direct entry into your major if you want to go into Fashion Design. If you plan on majoring in Photography for instance you would go directly to your major and skip foundation year. Foundation year is your first year in School, you will not be doing anything related to your major. Instead you will be doing the fundamentals to art like drawing, painting, lab class (which is a class thats based off of working in groups), 3-d class, and 2-d class. If you do have complaints about the school or a teacher the school is very supportive in trying to help you solve your problem. This past semester I actually had a problem with an professor and the administration responded to me quickly with emails offering to meet with them to get the situation solved. One of the biggest things that I've noticed is that Parsons is not the typical school. you will not live the normal college life, with frats, sororities, school pride, sports, none of that exists at parsons. We do have sports teams but because we don't have our own facilities for these sports the school pride practically doesn't exists. I feel as if I'm living the life of a young professional. I go to school everyday, I come home do work, cook, intern, shop at the collest places in soho, travel to different boroughs, and explore nyc.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

Parsons is a well known and highly respected school, before deciding to come here I attended the Pre-College Program which allowed me to take sophomore class for 4 weeks to see what I was getting into. I had a great experience and that led me to conform that Parsons was the School for me!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There's plenty of things to do besides partying at Parsons. There's all kinds of events that are constantly going on that are Fashion related, Photography related, theater related, or fine arts related, you usually hear about these things through word of mouth. Their are plenty of great museums to visit in manhattan and brooklyn. Their are concert performances, jazz clubs, and poetry clubs to go to. Their are plenty of restaurants to try out and you can always go to the major parks like Washington Square Park, and Central Park to watch people perform and view the scenery. The school does host parties every now and then like icebreakers for freshman and transfer students and halloween parties. Also if you live in the dorms the RA will throw floor parties, so there's ALWAYS something to do.

Describe the students at your school.

Parsons is very diverse! New york city is very diverse, hints why it's called the melting pot. You meet people from all over the world, which is great because you learn from them. Parsons is a very welcoming school, you will never feel like an outcast. Parsons is a non-religious school, the administration doesn't push any kind of religion upon the students, however Parson does support the LGBT community. Students would feel out of place if they come to Parsons thinking that it's campus based.. The students that come here are usually aware of the way Parsons is set up and they're already use to being in diverse places because a lot of the students here are foreign so they've traveled a lot in their lifetime already, so it's not a culture shock. Students don't roll out of bed them come to class, however students don't dress up either, the typical outfit would be pants, flats a nice jacket or blazer and your favorite briefcase or hand bag. Girls don't put on dresses and flats everyday and come to school and guys don't put on suits and come to school but we definitely are fashionably aware.

What are the academics like at your school?

The classes are very small 17 students per class, some classes are 10 students per class, like shoe design so the professor will know your name, in class and after class. Since the classes are so small you can't hide in class so everyone has to participate, and you have to present and talk a lot in class. Parsons is a very hard school to get into , so your peers are the best of the best so it's very competitive, you not to the point where students are tying to hide their work because they think someone is going to steal their ideas. Students here have competitive spirits, where they like to talk to their peers and bounce back and fourth creative ideas with each other. Parsons prepares you for the outside world. Professors don't sugar coat anything, and they tell you the truth about your work, and grade harshly. This only makes you a better student because it pushes you to work harder, this is why most graduates land a job instantly after they graduate in the fashion industry.

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

As a previous Fashion Design major, now turned Integrated Design major their are definitely stereotypes of the Fashion Design students at Parsons. Many people say that there's nothing but Bratty Rich kids at Parsons, and that you have to come from a wealthy family in order to fit in and that you have the latest Designer Bags, and if you don't have these things then you're just an outcast but this is false. Not everyone at Parsons is rich, and not everyone is snobby. Of course you're going to run into these kind of people, but that's anywhere not jut at Parsons. Their are plenty of students that come from middle-class families that are very down to earth , friendly, and inviting. I know because I'am one of them. A lot of the negative stereotypes of students come from people that are outside of Parsons that think these things because of the high tuition. Assumptions are made that you automatically are wealthy financially because of the high tuition price.

Vanessa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The New School University is composed of eight different colleges: Parsons, Mannes college for Music, The Newschool for G...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The New School University is composed of eight different colleges: Parsons, Mannes college for Music, The Newschool for General Studies, The Newschool for social research, The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music, The Newschool for Urban Policy, Eugene Lang college for liberal arts and The Newschool for Drama. I go to Eugene Lang college for liberal arts. Eugene Lang college for liberal arts is a small school located in the heart of Manhattan and historical area, Greenwich village, with a population of less than 2,000 students. The Newschool in general is considered a "mini NYU". It has very generous scholarships overall including for transfer students, job opportunities within inside campus and outside of campus as well. Academically the school is very broad. When i tell people i attend "The New School" I've gotten reactions such as "is it New? or 'thats an excellent school." The reason why its called the newschool is because of the way the school's philosophy brings academics not only based on textbooks and memorizing facts but thinking outside of the academic box. It is not your typical traditional college where teachers give a lecture and you sit in the back of the classroom; instead you are encouraged to deeply engage in debates and in conversations within the classroom. Unlike traditional colleges, the Newschool is a seminar style classrooms. One of the best things i love about the Newschool is the classroom sizes. Typical classroom range from 5-20 students. Even a university lecture based class is less than 70 students. Another academic aspect i love about the newschool is that you can take classes at other schools within the newschool. For example I can take class at General studies and Mannes extension program for music. The school administration depends on how friendly they are. Unlike other schools, you do not have a core curriculum at this school, the only subjects you need to graduate are 2 nyc classes, 2 writing classes, a freshman seminar class, and 2 university classes. The admissions office staff is not very polite, but overall the Health services office, student employment office, financial aid office, and Tutoring services office is very helpful and are always willing to help you. They also have an office for career services and student development where you can get discounts for movie tickets and broadway shows. Socially speaking, you meet alot of people. Eugene Lang college is located within a very historical town. Greenwich village and the west village are the places where most NYU and Newschool students hang out. Hannah Arendt, Martha Graham, Alan Copland taught at the New School. Most of the time, i go to Washington square park, or when its raining ill go inside the newschool student center which has two floors. The newschool has three dining locations, one on 13th st, one on 11th st and one at a residence hall at 13th st dorm. One of the things i would change about the school is the library. We need our own library. Mannes has their own library and so does Parsons. Although we have access to the NYU library, we need to have our own as well, this project is currently being processed and hopefully will be done in 2013. Another student complain i could think of is how expensive the food is, the food prices must be lowered. Other than that, no more negatives i could think of.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at the New School are very unique. It is not a traditional university where students sit at the end of the classroom without participating. Students at the Newschool are encouraged for debate discussion and encourages to ask questions. The classroom is within seminar style instead of big lecture room. The typical classroom size can range from 5-30 students. It is not like a traditional school where you have a huge core curriculum for your undergrad studies, instead you only have to take 2 writing classes, 2 University lectures, one freshman seminar and two NYC classes. Students are encouraged to explore different topics within different academics. The newschool is one of the bests schools out there for psychology. There are many fields to choose from, you can focus on neuropsychology, general psychology, or even into NCAT program (Creative Arts Therapy certificate program). The NCAT program was founded by Louise Montello, music therapist and psychoanalyst at NYU. You can choose a track from music therapy track, dance therapy track, drama therapy track. Students who are interested in a creative therapy field should apply for this program as well. Along with your BA, you can get a certificate within the field. For your senior year, you can do a research collaboration project and thesis with a staff from the department. You only need about 13 classes to graduate for the psychology major. The professors are very close with the students are very accessible. They email very quickly and answer all your questions. Interesting psychology courses include psychology of women, psychology of homosexuality, psychology of politics etc. After you graduate, you are very likely to get a job within NYC.

Jamilla
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall Parsons is amazing, the New School in general. It is full of talented and competitive students and a great faculty. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall Parsons is amazing, the New School in general. It is full of talented and competitive students and a great faculty. The school is very sustainability friendly and is the top fashion school in the world. I would change the fact that we don't have homecoming week, and somehow come up with a way we can have one without sports. I would change is how much financial aid Parsons can offer to minor students due to their expensive tuition. That is all. The school size is just right and it isn't really the "normal college experience" with homecoming and sports games. Most of the time I spend my time in the lounge of my dorm hall its really nice, but because the New School is in the city and does not have a campus I hang around Union Square and Madison Square. The biggest recent controversy on campus was parsons students protesting for Occupy Wall Street, the president of the school was very supportive of the students. There is a lot of school pride not in the sense of a normal college but many students boast about attending Parsons since it a fashion school. One experience I will always remember is my first semester of Parsons it was so intense but so worth it. I pulled so many all nighters. The most frequent student complaints is of the lack of sleep they get haha. No big deal though.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The most popular activities that occur at Parsons are the fashion shows, gallery exhibitions, and the free design workshops for students. There is a recreational center for athletic students and we have our own basketball team that plays against other design schools. Usually during the week I don't sleep until 2-3am depending on the assignment, and most Parsons students are at the 3D wood shop working on some form of sculptural object or sewing. Or students are at the lab center writing papers for the Critical reading and writing class or art history. The dating scene is odd. There are a lot of gay males and the school is very LGBT friendly, I can never really tell what is going on with the dating scene. Usually students date outside of the school. On a saturday night you can go to an art gallery opening, movies, shopping in Times Square or Soho (very live at night), hang out at Union Square. Usually everyoneeee hangs out at Union Square which is two blocks away from the Parsons building and some of the dorms. There is something always entertaining going on at Union Square! Parsons is the school to be at, because the dorms and the school facility is in a great neighborhood that has access to very good grocery stores, movie theaters, shopping areas like Soho, as well as the subway stop is a few stops away from Time Square. There is so much to do!

Describe the students at your school.

At Parsons everyone is pretty much open. The school is predominantly Asians (mainly Koreans to be specific). There are very few African-Americans. There are a few hispanics, who are usually commuters because they are from the city. Speaking for myself as an (african-american) sometimes you may feel out of place but everyone accepts you. I've come to learn that everyone isn't as open-minded and as you get to know everyone they and yourself becomes more open-minded than before after learning about each other's differences. And yes different types of students interact. The most clustered, whom stay together are the asians because some are international students and it gives them the comfortability to have someone to talk to in their language in classes and outside of classes. Everyone is always talking about internships and their futures.

What are the academics like at your school?

The education at Parsons is geared toward getting a job because your gaining skills at the same time as building up your portfolio and getting jobs and internships. The professors work very hard to familiarize themselves with their students and learn each students way of learning when it comes to design classes. Class participation is a very important part of Parsons academics classes. Critiques constantly occur as well as group work.

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

Well, considering that the New School has about three sectioned schools the students vary. At Parsons the New School for Design the students are fashion-forward, trendy, rich, they love to party, but they very hard-working due to the large amount of work given to the students. Majority of the students at Parsons are Fashion majors. At Mannes the school for music many of the students are stereotyped as laid back, straight, some are stoners. And Eugene Lang is the school for writing, and the students their are stereotypes as weird, stoners, lazy because they get less work than Parsons students.

Marie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The New School is just right, I'm a Parsons student, so I get the best of both worlds. I'm going to an art school, getting a ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The New School is just right, I'm a Parsons student, so I get the best of both worlds. I'm going to an art school, getting a business degree, and learning everything that I want to learn without having to compromise anything like I would at a normal art school or a normal liberal arts university. The New School is a smaller school, my biggest class was around 20 kids, and it makes it so that everyone receives they individual attention that they need, our discussions are so different than any other college I've seen. We all get a chance to talk and to flourish. And when the classes seem too small, we're integrated right into the city. There is nothing better than being able to walk outside and see the bustling city continue on around you. When people outside of New York City find out where I go to school they usually say they haven't heard of it unless they're well versed in the arts world. But, whenever someone in the city asks me where I go to school I get a "Really? WOW! That's great. You must be really talented." I have never met anyone at the New School that didn't love and feel pride for the school. Since the moment I first visited I felt a part of the New School community and I'm sure I'll feel that for the rest of my life.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

I decided to go to this school because it was the only school in New York State, specifically New York City, where I could get a business degree and an art based degree at the same time. There is nothing like this in other schools for undergrads, and that's what makes the New School one of the best out there win my eyes.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There aren't any real sports at The New School, although we do have intramural teams. Most people end up meeting their fellow students in class or at campus events. During the week most people are doing work and/or studying. The weekend is for free time where we go out to clubs, parties, or just stay in and hangout with friends and watch a movie. Most of the kids that live in dorms are Freshman, so that is when you meet most of your friends.

Describe the students at your school.

There is a very diverse population at my school, there's a big mix of races within the New School and a lot of student groups that unite people with their cultures. A good portion of our school is also from out of the country, so there's so much culture all around. We also have a large LGBT community. The New School is full of diverse amounts of people, and everyone finds their own niche within the school with a wide variety of people they can call friends. Everyone is always dressed their best at The New School, Parsons is one of the top fashion schools in the world, so everyone is always wearing one of their own creations, something they've thrifted, or the latest designs off the runway. It is never a dull moment in New School fashion.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at The New School are unlike any other. My major is Design and Management, I get to do business and design all at once. My major is the only one of it's kind for undergrads in New York State. I wouldn't change my decision if someone paid me to. Though it is a lot of hard work, and participation counts a lot, it's never hard for me to find motivation. I have yet to take a boring class, and all of my professors are working professionals who have so much insight and connections to help me further along in my career.

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

I think the stereotype of kids at my school is the pompous rich kid who does not know anything outside of their parent's money. This is far from the truth. Everyone that I've met at my school is nice and kind, and they're all very hardworking and talented. Some of them may come from money, yes, but they are always willing to work for what they want, because at The New School nothing is just handed to you.

Ashley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like being here at TNS (my division is Lang College). The people are friendly, there is departmental and academic su...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like being here at TNS (my division is Lang College). The people are friendly, there is departmental and academic support, and our teachers are always willing to go the extra mile to connect with their students to ensure that the material they are being taught will impact them in daily life. One thing I think the New School does well is unite it's students. Though many come from different backgrounds, programs at TNS (from organizations like Musical Theater and TNS Outdoors to frequent lectures from guest speakers) aim to bring together people with simliar views and opinions for a chance to learn from each other. Since this school doesn't have any sports teams, "school pride" is routed through to award winning professors and alumni who are out in the field, working towards changing the world. In the same way that TNS is not a typical college, it also does not have a typical campus. To have New York City at your finger tips is the dream of many of the students coming in from around the world. The city's vast wealth of resources and opportunities enable even the wildest of ideas to take form.

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

The New School looks like New York City, plain and simple. The high rises, the honking cabbies, the unique people. We have eco friendly and technologically advanced buildings (and of course, the Parsons building is the most unique of them all. The floor to cieling windows display frequently rotated art pieces from students and faculty alike.) and having the Big Apple at your fingertips more than makes up for the typical quad.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

There is no real "sports scene" at TNS like you see in the movies. We have an intramural basketball team, and an outdoor club, but if you're looking for Jock Central, you'll be searching for a long time!

What are your classes like?

TNS classes are discussion based, meaning a sort of round table approach to learning. Instead of being talked at for hours by a droning professor, students are expected to input their own opinions and relate them to the text. This promotes a greater sense of community, as well as mutual learning. Although, sometimes it can get a little heated, haha...

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

The New School attracts free thinkers from all over the globe. Students are typically politically involved, liberal, and outspoken about their beliefs. More importantly, they are respectful of the opinions of others, and take time out of their own schedules to have spirited discussions on a variety of topics, from world events to last night's episode of GLEE.

James
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Eugene Lang gives pretty much the standard New York City liberal arts education--that is, it's a small, progressive instituti...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Eugene Lang gives pretty much the standard New York City liberal arts education--that is, it's a small, progressive institution that is very strong in philosophy and culture studies, but you have to be prepared to live in New York. There's no "campus" in the traditional sense of the word (there are a few dorms, a study space, and a community courtyard scattered across the better part of Chelsea) and it's pricey to live there. Since space is an issue, places like the computer labs become crowded during finals week, but they are trying to combat this and in doing so recently established a large new study space on 5th Ave., which was more than welcome. Class size is about 15-20 people per seminar course, generally more on the 15 side, and all of the professors I've had are really good at their jobs. The only complaint I have with courses is that they're a bit easy when it comes to grading and I found myself doing quite well on papers I didn't put a whole lot of effort into. A good example of this is the option to do an independent senior project, which has been reduced in requisite size by more than half since I entered the college (now under twenty pages in the Culture & Media department). The administration are all friendly and well-meaning, but they can be bureaucratic more often than not, and visits to the 11th St. student services building were always frustrating when I had to straighten out course schedules or graduation requirements. The aesthetics of the school are what made it so rewarding for me; the mechanics of the classes and the school system definitely have their flaws, but the professors, friends, and course materials more than made up for any faults with the school. Plus, if you're someone who loves living in the city, you couldn't pick a better location. The school is about ten blocks away from NYU and the Village, which is close enough for walking even in winter, but far enough away so that it's plausible to have a little reprieve from the insanity of the city.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Student activities on campus are varied, but groups can have trouble cultivating or maintaining interest due to the campus being located in the middle of New York City. There are no frats, sororities, or official athletics, so most of the groups are based around politics or social justice, from communists on campus to an anarchist collective. LangArts sponsors a lot of events on campus that range from educational matters such as talks and screenings to student-based activities like student readings or monthly open-mike nights in the campus cafe. Attendance varies almost at random, and posters/flyers play a large part in promotion, as does Facebook. Most of the action happens off-campus; since NYC plays host to hundreds of galleries, theaters, and venues, it's hard for the college to compete. They do collaborate a little with outside organizations: students get free access to most of the museums in the city, and there are occasionally events held that give away prizes to other events around the city.

What are the academics like at your school?

Lang boasts both talented and intelligent instructors and an extensive course catalogue. You can take courses with such variety as the Culture/Media class "Love and Other Technologies" or stick to the classics like "Dante" and "Ulysses." As a Culture & Media major and Fiction Writing minor, I was mostly enrolled in seminar classes of 15-20 people which revolved around out-of-class reading and in-class discussion. The classes generally had diverse reading selections and broadened my horizons intellectually, and I enjoyed a seminar atmosphere much more than the few lecture courses I took. I was never intrinsically disappointed with the courseload I had for the semester, everything from the material covered to the professor was always excellent. The workload, however, was often heavier on absorption than production, and seminar discussions could be marred by one or two students who either didn't do the reading or didn't contribute anything positive to the class (though the latter problem can really happen at any school). I would often go through scores of pages of reading that were poorly proportioned (200 pages between Monday and Wednesday, 50 between Wednesday and Monday) only to write one final paper that was almost always twelve pages or less. The grading system was also easier than I feel it should have been, especially since there wasn't always a lot of work to grade. I still can't emphasize enough how much I liked the variety of courses offered at Lang and how good the professors were at conveying the material, and excellent discussions were had both in and out of classes with my peers.

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

The phrases that get thrown around when talking about students at Lang range from "liberals" and "hipsters" to "anarchists," and of course, to some extent, these are all true. While a student at Lang can't possibly fit into all the archetypes thrown out, the college as a whole definitely leans to the left and most everyone on campus agrees that there is such a thing as a "typical Lang student." That the said student is any/all of the stereotypes listed above? Not exactly. Said student is probably sociopolitically aware and active--the administration is very understanding of Occupy Wall Street participants--but at the same time knows where the newest gluten-free cafes or secret Bon Iver shows are in the neighborhood. They're wont to sarcastically scrawl things like "CLASS WAR!!!" in Sharpie on desks and walls. And they definitely have a jaded sense of humor. Of course, this isn't necessary to be a student at Lang and the college definitely does not have the atmosphere of exclusion that comes with the hipster stereotype--for the most part, students are approachable and friendly.

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

My school is located in the heart of NYC with a wide variety of people, materials, and resources that can be used in my educ...

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

My school is located in the heart of NYC with a wide variety of people, materials, and resources that can be used in my educational career. I am confident that I chose the right school due to its unique location and setting. Compared to the other schools I considered, The New School is unique because it does not feature a full-on college campus environment, rather it is situated in a bustling city and therefore contains much more excitement for the daily lives of its students.

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

As a high school senior, I invariably fell into the so-called "Senioritis" disease that afflicted just about 98.99% of my grade. If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell myself to work a bit harder and re-live the year without succumbing to the ever-dooming consequences of procrastination. Because I knew from a young age that I wanted to go into the arts and design field, I had worked diligently in school and art classes all the way to junior year, completing a challenging college art portfolio. Thus, once senior year arrived, I took it for granted that I wouldn't have to keep up my grades. In reality, I realized that it was just as important as any other year, and I had to keep up my academics as well as complete college applications . Although I got through the year successfully, and I'm now eagerly anticipating attending a prestigious art school, I still wish I could have kept better grades, even if only to satisfy my own expectations. One thing I know for certain - college will be a brand new beginning, and I will certainly be working & studying my hardest for it!

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

The worst thing about my school would be that it is an art school, thus I feel that during the application process, some administrative matters were slacking and problems that arose were addressed rather slowly. Otherwise, I do not see any other bad feature about my school.

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

Sometimes we, as human beings, reflect on our past mistakes and wish that we could somehow reach back in time to prevent such...

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

Sometimes we, as human beings, reflect on our past mistakes and wish that we could somehow reach back in time to prevent such mistakes from occurring. One might consider missing scholarship deadlines as a correctable mistake, or being a little bit more prepared for senior finals. Proper preparation in general would likely be the subject of nearly all conversations I would have with my past self. However, I doubt that I would ever act upon this sort of impulse even if I did have the ability; as regrettable as some mistakes may be, it is one of the cornerstones of experience that we make them. Were I to keep myself from making such mistakes, I would deprive myself of the wisdom I've learned from them. We as humans are bound for mistakes no matter how careful we may be; were I to advise myself in the past, my past self would inevitably find some other mistake to make, one which I wouldn't have without my future self's interference. To keep alternate timelines from getting out of control, I would instead advise my to-be-future self, for it is the future we head towards, not the past.

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

The small class sizes and unique atmosphere. Most of the classes are under 20 people and it really lets you connect to the pr...

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

The small class sizes and unique atmosphere. Most of the classes are under 20 people and it really lets you connect to the professor and gain a deeper understanding of the material. The classes are all seminar/discussion based classes instead of huge classes with hundreds of people at traditional universities. Here you are not just a number. You get a great amount of personal attention if you want it and you find yourself in a more intellectual environment. Students talk about academic subjects outside of class and are truly interesting in learning not just getting a degree or partying.

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

I have gone to two schools now. Originally I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now I go to Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts. If I could go back I would tell myself that I should meet with another college counselor who might have steered me to the right, better place for me before going to college. That way I would not have had to transfer thus putting myself in debt (due to my 2nd school's price). I have maintained a 4.0 GPA. I challenge myself academically and I push myself to get involved on campus to make sure I make the most out of it. I have also made strong connections with my professors so that I can learn from their experiences, network with them in the future and make sure that I have the most personalized educational I possible can. I want to get the most out of school and right now the only thing holding me back is money. If only I had known not to go to such expensive schools and had been told how to go about finding money for schools I would have been prepared.

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

The pretentious attitudes of the students and the price. I feel the school is basically only made for rich people. Its almost $63,000 a year (including housing) and they do not have any kind of scholarships available that cover any significant percentage of the cost. I have a perfect 4.0 and they did not give me anything really. They assume that if you are going there that you can pay for their huge price.

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

Do not procrastinate on the application process! You really need to take a lot of time to think hard about what you really wa...

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

Do not procrastinate on the application process! You really need to take a lot of time to think hard about what you really want to do. If only I had realized earlier that my true dream is to become a musician, that music is all I really want to do, then I could have focused all my energy in pursuing that dream much earlier, and not waste as much time. But there's no need to worry: there are a lot of people who have unclear futures. Perhaps their dreams may change. What's imporant, though, is that you get good grades in high school, and hone your skills, so you can play a killing audition and get a scholarship. Money is very important, and there's a huge risk your parents won't be able to afford all of your college time, especially with the poor economy and recent disaster in Japan, where your family lives and works. College is the last step before the real world for most of us, so you need to be prepared. Gather the right friends and make many connections, because in the end, that's all you can hold on to.

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

There is a lot of freedom, and the professors are very knowledgeable. It is a great place to make connections. It is a place where students of their chosen fields are the best.

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