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

Don't take advice from anyone who tries to tell you what is "best" for you. Decide for yourself what is most important to you...

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

Don't take advice from anyone who tries to tell you what is "best" for you. Decide for yourself what is most important to you: do you want to learn a lot? do you want to make lifelong friendships? do you want to become the best director, architect, or engineer ever? or do you want to just relax, enjoy your youth, and find your path? Schools will try to tell you that they will provide you with opportunities to do all of these things, but the fact is, some schools will definitely do better than others at the things that you care about. After all, every school does have a slightly different environment. Sometimes thoroughly researching the school can tell you something about its environment, but the fact is there is no better way to get a sense of the vibe than visiting a school yourself. So, first of all, decide what you want, and then go look for it. Finally, don't fret! More often than not, people don't end up where they expect for college. At the end of the day, college is what you make of it. Not the school that you went to.

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

My school does really well at teaching professional students, but it does less well at maintaining an alumni network and preparing the students for the real professional world. Thus, people that don't want to go to grad school are not discouraged, per se, but they are certainly regarded by their friends as "selling out," and despite the career preparation office, they find themselves generally alone in looking at post-graduation plans.

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

I like to talk about the unparalleled academic environment, the way the classes allow you to focus on the academics instead of getting caught up in the bureaucratic or competitive nonsense that my friends complain about, and the fact that I have never regretted my decision to go there.

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

I wish I'd known more about my priorities; I wish I'd taken a gap year to figure things out before I got here.

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

I wish I'd known more about my priorities; I wish I'd taken a gap year to figure things out before I got here.

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

A poll for college applicants: How many times have you said this? a."My grades/SAT score/extracurriculars are no good; I'll never get accepted." b."I MUST get into the University of X, or the world will surely end. " c."Hallelujah, I'm accepted, my problems are over." The mindset is easy to slip into. With so many colleges, how to decide? You're eighteen and you're being thrown at the rest of your life headfirst. No wonder students fixate on test scores and ratings. The college application process really doesn?t make any sense until you're at college, by which point it's too late. But the truth is that, ultimately, your education is subjective . Getting into a top university won't solve your problems. High scores aren't the key to the rest of your life. Don't get so wrapped up that you lose track of the essential thing: at graduation, when you're stepping out with that degree, the name of the school matters less than the personal resources you put into it. Wherever you end up, remember to invest in yourself, your friendships, your experience - and you'll turn out OK.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I am often frustrated by Chicago's hands-off, abstract approach - "that's all well and good in practice, but how does it work in theory?" is a running joke and the defining attitude here, and as a straightforward, earthbound person, I'm sometimes annoyed by my professors' and classmates' refusal to deal with things in any concrete, reasonable way.

Summer
Describe the students at your school.

Many of them are very quirky, in a way that can only be descrided as a 'U of C' thing, generally liberal, upper middle class ...

Describe the students at your school.

Many of them are very quirky, in a way that can only be descrided as a 'U of C' thing, generally liberal, upper middle class backgrounds and also a bit elitist.

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

This is school very concerned with the theory behind everything, quality of their education and are a bit elitist and underconnected to the real world.

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

My only advise would be to find a school that you really enjoy, especially for undergrad. If you enjoy yourself, you'll do better than if you have suffur through the classes and social evirons of the school you picked.

Karina
Describe the students at your school.

Not very talkative, but brilliant. Somewhat clique-y, but nice enough.

Describe the students at your school.

Not very talkative, but brilliant. Somewhat clique-y, but nice enough.

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

I would advise the students not to put too much pressure on the school itself; a lot of effort for self-fulfillment and satisfaction have to come from the individual himself. Parents should also trust that their kids have a certain style or niche they are looking for, so if they want a certain type of school versus your preferred type (say, large, social, modern architecture) be sure that they will be fine, and will find their own group to feel comfortable in. Schools are so different, so you need to visit and see if you like the atmosphere. Sit in the quads, listen to students. Imagine yourself studying there. You life will be completely consumed by your college experience for at least four years, so make sure you really "fit" !

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

To focus on making friends too. I spent too much time worrying about school that my social life suffered.

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

Know thyself. Realize your priorities, but don't think of just academics or any other single aspect, but evaluate all of them...

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

Know thyself. Realize your priorities, but don't think of just academics or any other single aspect, but evaluate all of them. While applying, it might seem that one is most important, but once you start studying at the university, other aspects of your choice will come up and become much more important than before. For example, quality of dorms or dorm visitor policy might not matter to you during the application process, but once attending the school, it might have a profound effect on your overall happiness and studying abilities, which will affect academic achievements on the same level as actual courses would. So do try to think about menial details and imagine what life would be like once in college. Ask current students (and MANY current students to get a decent sample size) about thier frustrations and their likings, but evaluate and weight the answers based on how much each respondent is similar to you. For instance, don't count much on party-goer's view of academics if you are a reclusive studious type and vice versa. Visit the campus and get opinion from people not affiliated with admissions office.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who likes their social life way more than academic one. In this school, most of the people are weird in one way or another, and it is hard to find people you'd click with. Most of them are studying all the time, so even if you like them, its hard to hang out. A lot of activities are lame and not appealing to many students

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There are too many people who think they know everything and who constantly are trying to show it to everybody else, which is very irritating. There are way too many pretentious and cut-throat competitive people, and most classes are curved, so it hurts the "middle-class" people who do well but have no desire to overachieve.

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

People can isolate themselves due to school work. I do think it's true that we don't have as great a social life as those at...

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

People can isolate themselves due to school work. I do think it's true that we don't have as great a social life as those at similarly ranked institutions, although that seems to be rapidly changing.

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

There is no one way to ensure that a student makes the most out of his or her college experience. You can go on as many campus tours as you like, complete as many prospective student visits, but you'll never be able to have a full grasp of the school until you actually enroll. Additionally, your experience at each school is what you make of it...you can go to a nerd school and party it up if you look for it, and you can likewise go to a state school and take challenging courses that forever change the way you think. The most important thing to remember is to keep your eyes and mind open during the process. Don't be too hasty to pick a major or a career path as soon as you finish high school. Take time to explore the different options your school provides You may find doors you never knew existed, or realize that you don't want to go down paths that you once thought you would. You are young, and the world is yours for the taking. Take advantage of it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are genuinely passionate about learning and broadening their horizons.

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

To find the right college for you or your student, the most important aspect is "feel." Do you like the general feel of the s...

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

To find the right college for you or your student, the most important aspect is "feel." Do you like the general feel of the students and campus life? Do you feel comfortable on campus and in the neighborhood? Would you be happy to live in that city for four years? How comfortable you are is the largest determinant in how well you will do at a particular school - academically, socially, personally. If you generally do not like the student body or are hesitant about leaving your dorm room, it will begin affecting you more than you think, and may even start intruding on your academic success. Once you find the fit, the best way to make the most out of the experience is to do just that - experience! Don't simply take required core and major classes; take an elective on a topic in which you are intersested or were considering as a different major. Try volunteering, researching, internships, studying abroad now, because college may be one of the last times where you have the freedom to do so, and college institutions often make them so easy to participate in. Go out of your comfort zone and find yourself.

What's unique about your campus?

I like the variety of classes you can (have to) take. I'm a biology major, but I've taken classes on media, humanities, Greek civilization, science fiction, poetry, calculus, world music...You specialize in your major, but you can experience as many types of fields and classes as you would like. It also allows you to consider other majors and makes it easier to switch majors than at other colleges.

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

I brag about the amount of work we do and effort we put into our education. I also brag about the amazing researchers and professors we have here, and the intellectual conversations we have among each other. I also LOVE how close we are to downtown Chicago, giving us access to fun city life, shows, plays, and the Chicago community at-large.

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

Don't worry about reputation, don't worry about how you think your life is supposed to turn out. Make the choice that you kno...

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

Don't worry about reputation, don't worry about how you think your life is supposed to turn out. Make the choice that you know in your heart to be right for you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is for you if you try to be cool and different by labeling yourself a nerd or geek rather than looking at yourself as an individual.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

This school provides an education that can be far too impractical at times, which it takes pride in. People here are so obsessed with core curriculum and reading entire canons that they forget to look out the window sometimes and appreciate what is going on and what is important in the world today.

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

This scholl focused on supplying you with information and asked you to think.

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

This scholl focused on supplying you with information and asked you to think.

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

I would suggest that students spend time on the campus and talk to professors and students. I suggest that they sit in on several different classes of the academic area they are thinking of majoring in. Both of these things will give the student an idea of their workload and what professors expect of them. They will also know what other students feel is expected of themselves. The purpose of college is to learn more about a specific field in preperation for a job. I feel that if a student is not also enjoying the process of learning because they have too heavy of a workload or they don't feel comfortable sharing their ideas in a class, then there is no point to college. Students should pick a place where they will want to go to class and they will want to learn more outside of class. There are always extra curriculars that a student can find to improve themselves as a well rounded person, but if the basis of college, the learning portion, is not fullfilling then the student will not do well or have an enjoyable college experience.

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

That the professors would all be so busy that they would not always have time for you and that the class settings would be intimidating and that everyine would be super competitive.

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