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University of Rochester


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

During my first semester of freshmen year, I learned that to be able to survive and maintain sanity is to push pass any pet p...

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

During my first semester of freshmen year, I learned that to be able to survive and maintain sanity is to push pass any pet peeves and nuisances I had during high school. If you do not, then life in college is miserable because you are constantly in contact with those things that bothered you the most prior to college. Those nuisances will break your concentration and you will not be able to complete what is necessary for you to succeed in your plans. If it comes to the point that you are unable to cope with it, then you must learn to separate yourself for your own good, even if what is bothering you are people that you considered your closest friends. By learning copoing mechanisms, you are able to thrive and succeed in your future job environment where you are less likely given the options to easily separate yourself from those nuisances.

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

I wish I had known that it was an incredibly religious school; however, the people here are quite tolerant of learning about religions that they do not know about.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is the numerous recitations and workshops that need to be signed up before and after course begin. There is inconsistency in the room assignments for the recitations/workshops because of countless unforeseen circumstances.

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

It has been valuable for me to attend college because I am receiving an education that will benefit me in life, both now and ...

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

It has been valuable for me to attend college because I am receiving an education that will benefit me in life, both now and in the future. The classes I take will not only increase the chances I have to be hired for a job, but help me better understand the things happening in our world.

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

College has allowed me to learn, to focus, to figure out what I want to do with my life. College has allowed me to start down the paths I want to walk. College has given me the opportunity to research, to meet friends, to meet professors. College has given me the opportunity to live the life that will make me proud of myself. College has given me the opportunity to live.

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

Completely open curriculum. Engaging, intelligent, and respected professors who enjoy teaching just as much as research. Small student population (~4K undergrads) with the resources of a much larger university. Excellent housing; many stay on campus all four years, but plenty of options off-campus too.

Jillian
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse in their backgrounds, ways of learning and their language; no one person at my school is the same a...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse in their backgrounds, ways of learning and their language; no one person at my school is the same and that's what I sincerely like most about it.

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

During college, I have learned the value of time management and that second chances don't always exist as an adult as they did when I was a kid. My first year of college was met with a lot of ups and downs, both because of me and deaths in the family, so that my grades didn't turn out as high as I would've like them to be. But, this year, I know what I'm up against and I will be the best student that I know I can be. No matter what life brings me.

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

I wish I would've known how hard it would be to get off campus because at times the transportation was unreliable and I just had too much work to do to even think about going off of campus.

Eric
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics. Academics. Academics. This is a school full of very intelligent people with a highly estemeed faculty. You're mos...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics. Academics. Academics. This is a school full of very intelligent people with a highly estemeed faculty. You're most likely going to have to work but in the end the return will be well worth the effort.

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

Nick Tahou's is one of Rochester, New York's most well-renowned eating establishments. It's signature dish, the "garbage plate, " is oft-imitated and worshipped by denizens. And while the garbage plate comes in several varieties, the basic model consists of two cheeseburgers placed on a bed of homefries and macaroni salad and topped with chili. In the spirit of the city, the University of Rochester periodically concocts its own version serving it as one of the lunch options available on campus.

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

When I begin medical school this August, I will be nearly 31-years old. Many of my new classmates will be ten years my junior. Since I graduated the University of Rochester in 2001 my appreciation of my college experience has continued to grow. First it afforded me the opportunity to grow personally. In my courses I was forced to think critically while outside of class I made new and lasting friendships that since 2001 now include milestones such as wedding celebrations and children. My college experience has also offered professional opportunities that would not have been available had I never attended. Yet most significantly my college experience has been valuable because it provded me an education to which nobody else can lay claim. Regardless of my life's direction, I will always possess it. And for that reason my college experience is truly invaluable.

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

Academically rigorous, research focused and prepares well for graduate school, not career oriented, amazing resources if you ...

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

Academically rigorous, research focused and prepares well for graduate school, not career oriented, amazing resources if you take advantage of them, students are competitive academically, but will motivate and are willing to assist peers, group collaboration is encouraged, social life typically revolves around the library or campus community events, unless involved in greek life (which isn't very prominent on campus), not a very sports enthusiastic university.

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

Academically, by attending a research oriented university I have gained problem solving, analyzing, synthesizing, and writing skills. The often challenging course load taught me study, organizational, and time management skills. Emphasis on group work in all departments gave me an advantage when working on collaborative projects in a work environment. Also by attending my university it put me in a caliber of highly motivated and diligent students where we could challenge each other. Active involvement in campus clubs and events provided me with leadership skills and exposure to a diversity of people. The most valuable thing I learned in those four years was that in order to do anything, you have to do it yourself. In other words, be an active person, if there is something you want to achieve then just go do it. Take advantage of EVERY opportunity and network, network, network. If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing as a graduating high school senior it would be "Yes, you can do it, have a little bit more confidence in you, girl! Everything will be ok."

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I found as a science major it difficult to build relationships with science professors. On the other hand, courses I took outside the sciences I was able to build stronger relationships. Also frustrating when working with career center and networking with almuni. I had an extremely difficult time finding a job after school outside of working in research. But really great for getting accpeted into graduate schools in top programs.

Casey
Describe the students at your school.

They come from a wide range of states and countries, as well as ethnicities and cultures.

Describe the students at your school.

They come from a wide range of states and countries, as well as ethnicities and cultures.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Rochester is best known for its close ties with Strong Memorial Hospital. It is also a place of much scientific research, demonstrated by the OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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

I believe that you can find your niche on truely any campus. However if you're someone who strives to learn, but still desires ways to unwind and people to laugh with, that niche is the entire campus at the University of Rochester. Everyone here is open and friendly. The awkward barrier between upper classmen and freshmen is gone, and everyone is simply a fellow yellow jacket and potential friend. College is the next step in achieving a desire of vast knowledge, and in today's society it has almost become a necessary life experience, one definitely worth the rising costs. Being on this campus has introduced me to new people that I have become closer too in five months than some my high school friends that I had known for five years (or more). It has also introduced me to new things, such as karate and a surprising interest in the Theory of Relativity as well as in Crusade era novels and stories. How many high schools can give you a taste of all of that. Speaking of taste the cafeterias are much better. Bye bye mystery meat, hello ceasar chicken wraps and hand crafted subs.

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

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, is the one of the friendliest places for the new musicians of this country,...

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

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, is the one of the friendliest places for the new musicians of this country, and also for foreigners who decide to pursue a carreer in the United States. It is one of the most supportive and caring music schools in the whole world.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are all very different, some are asina, others are white, black, hispanic, but that is what makes my school the addition of all of these different people. My classmates are what make this school what it is.

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

At the time of orientation week, I was still unsure of how Eastman School of Music was very different from the high school I had attended in Guatemala. This was a big cultural shock for me, and I would have liked to know how the American lifestyle was different from the one I used to have in Guatemala. If I could go back and talk to myself as a highschool senior, I would tell myself that there are going to be many different things at school that I am not used too. Among the biggest changes were the food, dorm life, and academics. I would tell myself to be ready to eat not so healthy food at every possible our of the day, and to try to sleep as much as possible, to not stress over things, and to find time for relaxation. I would also tell myself not to panic about breaking out, that it is a normal thing among college students, but to see a doctor as soon as possible to put an end to it. I would mostly encourage myself to just adapt to this new life style and stop worrying about homework in general.

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

The Eastman School of Music is truly the best school out there for becoming a strong, and diversified musician.

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

The Eastman School of Music is truly the best school out there for becoming a strong, and diversified musician.

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

If I had the chance to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior I would tell myself to give every assinment that I was given 150%. After completing my first semester in college I have realized that managing my work load would have been a lot easier if I had just developed a stronger work ethic in high school. The other important thing to remember is to always keep giving your best at any assignment given to you instead of just giving up. I know at times it can be tough and you might be tired but in the end it is truly worth it. If you build this strong work ethic now more opputunities will be presented to you in the future.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing that I love about the Eastman School of Music is how much you learn in a short amount of time. After just one semester there I have already become a stronger oboist. Eastman also presents itself with so many different opputunites. Whether you are a music education major or flute major, Eastman will set you up with musicians qualified in that specific area as well as expose you to the real world. Most importatnly Eastman has created an enviroment in which you want to learn more and become the player that you have always dreamed of.

Cassandra
What kind of person should attend this school?

Because of the school?s open curriculum, I think that there are two types of people who would excel here. Either a person wh...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Because of the school?s open curriculum, I think that there are two types of people who would excel here. Either a person who does not know what they want to do or a person who has many interests, like me. Rochester allows you to study multiple things at the same time. For example, I am majoring in Molecular Genetics and English with a Concentration in Theatre and I am also minoring in Astronomy. This would be impossible in four years at a normal college.

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

I would advise myself to relax. I was so stressed out about getting into college, that I forgot that I was still in High School. I missed out on quite a few social activities becasue I was worried that unless I got perfect grades, no college would accept me. I would also advise myself to apply for more scholorships. I slacked on that for sure. I managed to get one scholorship, but that one was given to me, I did not apply for it. I think this year, and probably the years to come, would be much less stressful if I was not worried about how I'm going to pay tuition this month. I have a hold on my account at the end of every month becasue I have trouble paying the bill. I do have a job, but classes make it hard to work more then 10 hours a week and, at minimum wage, that's not much. Plus my parents are finding it harder and harder to help me out. I would definitly tell myself to apply for more scholorships while I still had a decent amount of free time.

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

I brag about the school?s underappreciated Theatre Program. The International Theatre Program at Todd Theatre is amazing. Our set and light designers, along with many of our directors and choreographers, are from professional off-Broadway theatres and films. Our budget is stunted, but we still manage to pull off spectacular shows. The teaching and learning environment is wonderful, and anyone who puts in an effort can shine as a leader there.

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