Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University


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Meagan
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is known for its emphasis on service and giving back to the community. Also, although it is a small liberal arts college,...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is known for its emphasis on service and giving back to the community. Also, although it is a small liberal arts college, it also gives students plenty of opportunity to do research regardless of what field they are in.

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

I would tell myself that college is the beginning of your journey in finding your purpose in life. You do not have to know what your purpose is by the end of college, but you have the opportunity to at least narrow it down by discovering your passions and values. You may find several things that you like, and you can pursue them all if you have time. As things get more difficult though, make sure the amount of time you put into something reflects how much you value it because you can easily lose sight of what you truly value when things become demanding. It is also important to respect your limitations and learn to say “no”; do not take on more than you can realistically handle. If you have so much responsibility that it is compromising your work in anything that you do, including classes, it is probably best to drop something. While it is important to respect your limitations, it is also important to work on expanding these limitations by improving your time management little by little. You will make mistakes, but it is okay as long as you learn and grow from them.

What's unique about your campus?

I think Wake Forest does a pretty good job of acknowledging how difficult it is to know what we want to do with our lives and tries to help us find our passion. We are not allowed to declare our major until we have a certain number of credit hours, usually not until sophomore year, and we are required to fulfill divisionals to explore different departments. There are also lots of extracurricular activities and research opportunities, lots of which involve service, which is strongly emphasized at Wake. There are lots of great professors willing to support you.

MacLean
Why did you decide to go to this school?

The main reason I decided on Wake was that it was obvious that they were moving up in the top-ranked schools. Another aspect ...

Why did you decide to go to this school?

The main reason I decided on Wake was that it was obvious that they were moving up in the top-ranked schools. Another aspect that drew me here was their admissions process. Each application is viewed holistically, they're a test optional university, and there is a large importance put on the interview. I believe that this is why I was admitted and I appreciate that Wake can view that being "smart" does not necessarily mean a perfect GPA.

What are your classes like?

Extremely difficult. Most are set up seminar style with 10-15 students. My smallest class was Dance Design and Production and had only 4 other students in it. Professors require your involvement in discussions and attendance is not always necessary, but expect a concerned e-mail from your professor if you don't show up. The workload is intense...hence the notorious "Work Forest" nickname.

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

stereotype = white kids who wear Vineyard Vines, drive Aston Martins, & whose parents are CEOs. Yup, pretty accurate. There are of course a small few of us who don't fall into this category, but it's the general feeling on campus...you can't escape it

What are the academics like at your school?

The classroom experience at Wake is what seems to draw many in (especially for those of us that need extra help). All of my professors know my name. I've been to many of their houses for study sessions and I have most of them as Facebook friends. I have classes as small as five students. One on one time is readily available and utilized by me on a weekly basis. Professors give you credit for trying here- office hours are a smart move! I used to just go hang out with my econ prof. in his office in between classes.There is a certain air of competitiveness here, but you're either in that group or you're in the "just trying not to fail out" group...i'd be in the latter. he workload is a bit ridiculous, the "Work Forest" nickname being completely on point, but it becomes manageable the longer you're here. Everyone studies all of the time...there is no other option. Someone in my hall is always pulling an all night-er. Coming from a public school I think I studied more than any else my freshman year. It is easy to want to do better here, easier to study for tests, easier to go to office hours, though because that is what everyone is doing. Everyone here is working hard. The divisional general education requirements are kind of great and kind of annoying. For example I loved my First Year Seminar (required freshmen class) on Children of Divorce, but I would rather have Cheetos dust permanently stuck on my fingers than take another Italian class. I guess making us take them all is the only way to gauge that. Sucks. That being said, though the university is truly centered around learning and not simply placing their students into a job later.

Lawrence
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Preparing diverse students for success in the 21st Century, Winston-Salem State University offers quality educational program...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Preparing diverse students for success in the 21st Century, Winston-Salem State University offers quality educational programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Students are engaged in active and experiential learning and have access to education through flexible delivery modes. The University is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. As a comprehensive, historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond.

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

You are part of a loving family, or fellowship – the body of Christ. I am a Christian I want to know how I should conduct myself in my various personal relationships and activities. You, need to study further to find instructions and guidance for my private and personal life. I have learned already that God’s grace through my faith in Christ prompts me to live as holy and righteously as I can. Here you will try to develop in my everyday living: my activities will be virtuous; I will always be striving for more knowledge; I will develop self-control; I will learn patience; godliness will be my goal; I will try to show kindness to all; and in all things I will try to show a spirit of love. Not all these qualities can be learned overnight. It may take a long time to attain great improvement, but the Christian life is described as a race, a battle, and as growth. So, Lawrence Bridget will try to grow day by day to be more like my Master until, after some years, all who know me may see the sincerity and reality of my Christianity. God bless us all.

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

Education is the foundation of a prosperous and enlightened society. They are committed to lifelong learning. Leadership is demonstrated through the relentless pursuit of excellence. They provide distinctive service to all stakeholders. Respect for all; integrity always.

Jessica
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Those who know of "Wake Forest" know that it is a small university, consisting of about 5,000 undergraduates. As a result of ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Those who know of "Wake Forest" know that it is a small university, consisting of about 5,000 undergraduates. As a result of its modest size, Wake Forest has an impressive student-to-faculty ratio. Professors genuinely want to develop meaningful relationships with their students, and this experience is invaluable for students. Also, "Work Forest" is known for its hefty workload. But we truly learn, about more than just subject matter. Our professors take their time to teach us how to think and utilize our knowledge in positive ways. Wake Forest is known for shaping innovators.

What's unique about your campus?

Wake Forest truly embodies its motto: "Pro Humanitate," meaning "For Humanity." I have been able to connect with every student I have met because we all share a passion for bettering the world in which we live, and we all understand that doing so starts with compassion and a vehement desire to help others. Wake Forest encourages its students to develop empathy for others through learning about them. Simply by listening to the thoughts and watching the actions of my fellow "Demon Deacons," I am inspired daily in different ways to expand my goals.

Allyson
What's unique about your campus?

The sense of community is definitely what makes me proud to be a Demon Deacon. Every single member of the WFU family is lovin...

What's unique about your campus?

The sense of community is definitely what makes me proud to be a Demon Deacon. Every single member of the WFU family is loving, accepting, and supportive. I have yet to meet someone who has anything negative to say about my school and all have been so excited for me. "You're coming to Wake? You are going to love it there, I cannot think of a place I would rather be!" I have heard this statement countless times and I have not even arrived on campus yet!

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

I brag about all the successful and wonderful people I have met that have gone through Wake. Even the current students (who were more than happy to give me, a stranger who had not been accepted to the school yet at that point, insider tours of the school) were astounding me with their future plans. One girl was a senior who was already applying to be a physician's assitant, something that usually requires more experience outside of school. However her resume was slightly accelerated thanks to her work at Wake Forest!

Abbe
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Demanding a lot from their students academically and constantly striving for the best.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Demanding a lot from their students academically and constantly striving for the best.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The only kind of person who shouldn't attend Wake Forest is someone who isn't willing to work hard and commit to bettering themself.

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

The first thing I would say is stop doubting myself. I made the difficult decision to be the only one from my high school to attend Wake Forest when all of my friends were going to NC State and UNC Chapel Hill. I was absolutely terrified and allowed that to totally consume me. I wish I would have had more confidence in my decision to challenge myself with this new opportunity. I met amazing people within seconds of arriving on campus at Wake but didn't allow myself to truly let go and enjoy school for a couple months. It took me a while to realize that if the transition wasn't hard, there would be no point in doing it. Looking back, I would only change my attititude and nothing else. My undergraduate experience was unbelievably challenging and unexpectedly wonderful all at the same time.

Kristina
Describe the students at your school.

My classmate encouraged me to succeed and we would study together, share notes, and work together both in the classroom andou...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmate encouraged me to succeed and we would study together, share notes, and work together both in the classroom andoutside the classroom such as jobs and internships.

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

I would say, enjoy your college experiences. Do something crazy once in awhile, form study groups earlier, and never be afriad to ask for help or give help. The friends you make in college will be part of your life. Some friends will maintain a presence after graduation others will fade after projects. Remember to be true to yourself and you will succeed. These four years will fly, but your future is bright with many opitions. Everyone stresses and its ok to step back and take a breath.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Our school is a diverse area that includes individuals of different religions, races, sexual preferences, and backgrounds

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

I want to tell myself to stay in school. Even if it hurts!! Keep up the faith, stay on the sunny side of life and keep in sch...

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

I want to tell myself to stay in school. Even if it hurts!! Keep up the faith, stay on the sunny side of life and keep in school. In the end all the confusion, the swet, the long nights of studying instead of hanging out with friends will pay off. Don't forget stay in school. Your parents and grandparents did not go to college. Neither your brother or sister or any of their children. Stay in school and do not give up. Ask for help, find support just stay in school!!

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

If I could go back and give my high school self some advice about the college process, I would tell her some key things. The ...

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

If I could go back and give my high school self some advice about the college process, I would tell her some key things. The first would be to explore her options. I only applied to one college, got in, and went there my freshman year. For financial I had to come home and go to a 2 year college for a year. I should have explored more options for myself so I could talk with my family about what would work best. That is something else I would tell her, to have a talk with her family about what would work out. Think about everything; is it really the best fit in every way? Not only financially but also in terms of location, academic programs, student life, and everything else that college has to offer. Lastly, I would tell her to not get too caught up in all of the fun that college is. High school came pretty easy for me but college is not the same. You are working towards a higher degree and with it comes hard work, it is important to find a balance between work and fun to be the best you can be.

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

Wake Forest is a richley diverse community, made up of driven and talented students with a strong sense of school spirit and ...

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

Wake Forest is a richley diverse community, made up of driven and talented students with a strong sense of school spirit and pride, superior professors who challenge the minds of the next generation and a motto that strikes a chord in every Deacons heart, Pro Humanitate.

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

Don't take things so seriously. Learn to slow down, don't over involve yourself, and leave yourself room to breathe. The next four years are going to fly by so learn to enjoy the small things, make the most of every moment and don't stress so much. Although things will not turn out as you intended, they will turn out the way in which they were meant to. Instill more in your friendships. The people you meet during the next four years may move away and may never be part of your life again but they will leave a lasting impression upon you and everything you do in the future. You will never get back the moments that you let slip away, so don't leave anything left unsaid. Love with everything you are, always be true to yourself and call your mother a little more often, you will realize later her unending love and sacrifice for you.

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

The worst thing about the university is the sense of entitlement that some of the students believe that they have when entering as freshmen. Because it is a private university, some students are more well off than others. As freshmen, many believe that they are better, just because of the background from which they come. However, after four years at the University, most students gain a greater world view and begin to see the world from a different perspective.

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