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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.

Ashanna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for the outstanding technological majors and providing students with a great education in these major...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for the outstanding technological majors and providing students with a great education in these majors. Anyone in the job market kows of the reputation the University of Rochester has of sending capable people into the workforce. I have to say their well-known for Engineering another reason why I chose to attend this school.

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

If I were able to go back in time and aware my past self of all the future obstacles I would have to face in college now it would be to apply myself harder on the scholarship search, not to give up. During my senior year in high school I didn't have the confidence in myself to apply to many scholarships and I wish that I did because I most likely wouldn't find myself in a financial difficulty where I am scared that I won't be able to afford the tuition at my school. Also, to keep some of my old books that could of helped me more with some of the college level work.

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

The worst thing I would have to say about my school is the selection process for financial aid. I know alot of students who are sturggling this year because of the hefty tuition costs. I happen to be one of those students having to worry about my continuation at this school because of my financial situation.

Travis
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse, intellectual, friendly, studious, and hard-working.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse, intellectual, friendly, studious, and hard-working.

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

There is much cultural and racial diversity at my school, and it is definitely an academically-based school. Getting good grades is important, which sometimes limits social free time. Athletics are somewhat put in the background, but school spirit is still very much alive on campus.

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

Focus more on your schoolwork than you do now, and start thinking about possible career paths. I know you think you have plenty of time to worry about that later, but trust me, the time flies and you want to have some sort of direction in your life come graduation time. Orginization and time-management skills are crucial to your success in college; you must learn how to balance school, sports, and social time equally in order to excel in all three. That said, don't get too stressed out over small things, take time to enjoy life and make plenty of friends. Never limit or doubt yourself academically or socially, always keep your mind open, enjoy the next four years of your life and good luck!

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

The social life revolves mostly around Greek life.

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

Personally, I was very anxious about my transition between high school and college. Looking back, I would tell myself to just be myself and remain calm during the transition. I would remind myself that everyone is making friends and going through this transition at the same time- I am not alone in making this change. Along the way, I will make life-long friends that will help me through the rest of the trials and tribulations of the life of a college student and make my experience at college the most enjoyable one thus far in my life.

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

Don't be shy, put yourself out there and get to know people. It is a lot easier to make the transition into college life with...

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

Don't be shy, put yourself out there and get to know people. It is a lot easier to make the transition into college life with new friends than alone. Also don't be afraid to test out classes in different areas of study, you never know what you might like. Make sure to schedule some fun into your schedule, like intramurals or clubs or both, college requires a balance between academics and a social life, but that can only happen if you takethe initiative.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is not afraid to try new things and wants to learn. There are so many opportunities for students to take advantage of that it would be a shame if someone only wanted to get a degree and then leave

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Meal plan and lack of diversity in food - where are the fruits and vegetables?

Barron
Describe the students at your school.

Well it's difficult to generalize but for the most part my classes tend to be diverse and the students in them are extremely ...

Describe the students at your school.

Well it's difficult to generalize but for the most part my classes tend to be diverse and the students in them are extremely attentive to their studies. During class it's about business mostly but there is also a casual dialogue that allows for an easy-breathing working environment where it is easy to ask the person next to me for help or their opinion on a certain matter. People are very curteous and down to earth here for the most part and most of the are natives of the east coast.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Discovering the HPV vaccine and being an excellent research school. Recently we succeeded in beating MIT the reigning champions at "Battle of the Brains" a competition for computer science oriented students. We also have an extremely prestigious music school that when I last checked was registered at number one in the nation.

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

Traveling back in time to see myself would be incredibly thought provoking. After the first thing that comes to mind, which is to save the money I made working over the summer to help finance my education, I would have to speculate on some eventuality to the effect of me having a short conversation with myself about some mistakes I've made in college. Not necessarily to avoid them, but to be prepared for them because I wouldn't trade the life experiences I've gained joining a fraternity or traveling to a far off place to attend school for anything that I could imagine within reason. Remembering my experience stepping off that plane in the middle of a "Rochester winter," I would also tell myself to pack warm clothes. College isn't something to take lightly. It deserves some attentiveness that I lacked back then; a sense of urgency to propel and motivate me to accomplish things as far as school work and the basic buerocratic formalities, preparing for school in a serious and extra-timely manner. Don't be too proud to ask for help because I need it and it's in short supply.

Alice
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is definitely a bubble, you won't get off campus much without a car. It's a study hard during the week, party hard...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is definitely a bubble, you won't get off campus much without a car. It's a study hard during the week, party hard on the weekends type school. After the "new ivy" ranking, the administration has tried to crack down on the social scene. There's zero school pride in athletics, most people have never gone to a game for anything. Lots of diversity, lots of things to do for fun partying and otherwise.

Describe the students at your school.

Fairly nerdy but social and friendly. There is some racial diversity, lots of Asians, Indians and some African Americans. They are more noticeable around campus than in classes. Most people are either liberal or Libertarians. Everyone I've met has been up for friendly debate about issues and are socially aware.

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

I'll be sad to leave in May but as the administration keeps cracking down on the party scene there won't be much left. It's cold. Colder and snowier than anything you could imagine. If you haven't lived this far north you are in for a surprise. Buy boots, scarves and a good winter coat. People wear uggs for a reason here. I've known girls who went out with their cute heels on and came home with frostbite.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The nerdy part is true. As for rich most people are middle class and up, but there's quite a few people from lower income families. The financial aid packages are pretty generous.

What are the academics like at your school?

Lots of students are very type A and they work for good grades. It's a friendly competitive most students wouldn't hesitate to help each other out. Classes range widely in size I've taken a large 101 class with 90 people and a 200 level English class with 4 people. The cluster system is awesome. There's only one general education requirement a writing class, taken during your freshman year. After that you need to take 3 related classes in each field Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Your major covers one field and after that it's up to you. It's hard to end up taking many classes you don't like. Designing your own major or minor is really easy. Unless you are in engineering there's plenty of time for electives or going abroad. There's lots of cool classes on the history of rock, porn, fairy tales which can serve as a break in a science heavy schedule. There's lots of opportunity for internships and my resume is much better for having attended a research university. Professors in the Natural Sciences aren't easy to get a hold of and aren't that helpful. Every other area my professors have been really easy to talk to whenever I had a problem.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Music and theater groups are very present. There's shows a couple times a month on campus. It's easy to get over to Eastman to see the philharmonic. Greek life isn't a huge deal. If you are a part of it it does enhance your social calendar. But if you aren't its not a big deal and most fraternity parties are open anyway. Nobody cares about sports. There's lots of hooking up, not a lot of people date. It's by choice or self imposed social isolation. Most people meet significant others from class or through friends. The bars are fun and are a short drive from campus. There's a lot of sketchy locals so if you are female go in a group. The hard part is finding someone willing to stay sober to drive back.

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