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Yale University


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

College goes so much faster than you will ever imagine possible. When you get there, don't waste a second second-guessing you...

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

College goes so much faster than you will ever imagine possible. When you get there, don't waste a second second-guessing yourself. Take a ton of extra-curriculars and load up on activities - you can always drop the ones you don't enjoy, and you will probably find a new passion or two along the way. Take classes that have nothing to do with your major - you're in college to learn about life and everything that interests you, because you'll never have this opportunity again. Go to extra lectures, talks, panels, and focus groups - use every hour in the day to the fullest of your ability, because a college campus is one of the few places in the world where an incredible number of fascinating, influential people come together within a small area. Try everything - use the energy you'll have (you're young, after all!) to pack your days full, stopping before it's affecting your grades, health, or happiness adversely, of course. It's fabulous, and even if you get homesick sometimes, you will love it. Trust me.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are willing to deal with the fact that they won't be the smartest person on campus anymore, but are okay with that in light of the incredible atmosphere and learning opportunities.

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

I wish I'd known how difficult classes would be - I only took four my freshman year and could have crammed in another one. There's so many great things to learn here!

Michael
Describe the students at your school.

Smart, motivated, concerned people who are truly dedicated to exploring their interests and working hard to acheive their goa...

Describe the students at your school.

Smart, motivated, concerned people who are truly dedicated to exploring their interests and working hard to acheive their goals.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Top academics and with excellent small liberal arts feel. The residential college system makes the school of approx. 5000 undergrads feel even more intimate

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

?This is a year of transition,? said my college Dean in his opening remarks to the college freshmen. Those words comprised the greatest advice I received upon arriving at Yale. In the span of the Dean?s speech, I found an entirely different perspective on freshman year. Rather than making it a year to simply work ahead as a prospective Music and International Studies major, freshman year became a time to explore fields and experiences I had never encountered--both within and without the classroom. How else would I have discovered the fascinating philosophical debate about film versus digital recordings? Or that New Haven perfect for hawk watching? A transition is careful exploration; it is testing the waters. Today I understand that one semester is just the beginning of lifelong learning beyond the fields most familiar to me. So, high school self, my advice is that you be willing to ?take it slow? and seek education beyond your usual interests, because the college transition is not only one of settling in, but branching out. Be adventurous and don?t restrict yourself. You are here to learn, and you will find that learning happens in the most unexpected places.

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

I would tell myself to do more work. I would say stop floating on your intellect alone and invest time in research and study...

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

I would tell myself to do more work. I would say stop floating on your intellect alone and invest time in research and studying. Read more! Experience what you love outside of the classroom. I'd tell myself not to shy away from excellence.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the myriad of organizations. One can be involved in a number of club and if the club doesn't exist, they can make it up. It really is a great place to let yourself grow. It is a bubble; it is a safe space to explore sexuality, creativity, and who you are.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person who should attend this school is one with a backbone. You have to be ready to be stripped of everything and rebuilt into a Yalie. It is sometimes stressful, but I feel like it's worth it. Yale is the Ivy for the normal kids who just happen to be extremely smart. The school provides things a kid would want while grooming us to be extraordinary.

Rachel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Yale is best known for it's incredible resources: it's professors, its libraries, its extremely broad extracurricular groups ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Yale is best known for it's incredible resources: it's professors, its libraries, its extremely broad extracurricular groups and incredibly student diversity. Students from every US state and dozens of countries come to Yale because of it's tradition of excellence. There is a strong emphasis on undergraduate education while also providing exception graduate studies as well. There is a reason it was ranked the #2 university in the world in 2009.

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

In all honesty, college life at Yale is easier and more fun than high school! I spent all of my time in high school dividing myself between schoolwork to keep that 4.0 and rehearsals/extracurriculars. At Yale, I've had the chance to travel to South America (for free!) with a 150 year-old choir, listen to Tony Blair speak, design hair and make-up for undergraduate shows, perform in a professional opera, and live in an ivy-covered dorm. High school is a stepping stone, but it's not the end all. Neither is college. Just enjoy what you have when you have it and look at the future objectively and work toward your goals with small baby-steps. it's really worth it!

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

The weather. Especially for students from southern climes, the northeast can require a bit of transition. It rains in New Haven a great deal and the winter is cold! But at least it's not as cold as at Harvard... ;-)

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

Busy, goal-oriented, socially vibrant, and full of good stress.

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

Busy, goal-oriented, socially vibrant, and full of good stress.

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

In some ways, I was more of a stereotypical Yale student when I was a high school senior. I was career-oriented, academically competitive, ambitious in every aspect of life, and, of course, perpetually stressed out. Maybe (and maybe not) it was coming to Yale and seeing the poverty of those who pack their schedules with resume-ready activities that they do not enjoy, as well as the richness of those who work their passions and enjoy the moment that made me come to terms with who I am. On the surface, I am still a typical Yalie with my 7 classes, 2 jobs, and 3 volunteer spots; inside, however, I have learned that life is so much more about being content with B+'s and knowing that I am not defined by my APs. If I could talk to my old self, I would tell her: "CHILL OUT. You are in Yale. Now drop those 7 extra APs."

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

Yale is a hodgepodge of diversity, a place for great social and academic experience: the tight-knight communities of the resi...

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

Yale is a hodgepodge of diversity, a place for great social and academic experience: the tight-knight communities of the residential colleges; a large research atmosphere of the university; excellent resources, both during and after being a student; the prevalent collaborative rather than competitive attitude; and the guidance needed, especially when we spearhead our ideas.

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

To achieve success at any level, one must have a goal. Without a final destination, or a desired idea, one lacks the drive to acquire that treasure, and without an obstacle one cannot realize what's important. Sure, a banal existence suffices for some; however, creativity arises from facing challenges, and happiness comes from suffering. Life is all about setting goals -- it is necessary for living. Why do we live? To achieve something. Why do we study? To enlighten ourselves. Why do we discuss? To discover the innovations. We cannot stumble upon invention purely through intricate calculations, or with a ready-made formula. There are different processes to coming about the end result; what you'll realize is that you need to know that you must come with some kind of answer in the end, but you must most venture the different ways to get there. From your experiences, you branch out to new opportunities.

What's unique about your campus?

To the undergraduate, the best thing from Yale, aside from academics, is the residential college system. Randomly chosen, the colleges represent a macrocosm of society and from early on create a firm support system for students. From Master's Teas to study breaks, the residential colleges provide a way to network with others, both in and out of the university, and becomes an important part of a Yalie's identity throughout his or her life.

James
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, residential college system, prestige

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, residential college system, prestige

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

Dear James, Stop stressing out about which colleges you'll get into. Though you may not believe it right now, everything that happens happens for a reason. In particular, don't worry about "making a difference" with your life, whatever that means. Just be disciplined and put your heart into what you love and enjoy--the rest will necessarily follow. Don't be afraid to drop personal aspirations if you feel a higher calling, but make sure you're not just making excuses. Finally, respect and love your friends and family with all you've got. You may take them for granted now, but give yourself a couple months in college, in a new environment and around new people, and you'll realize that they've made you who you are today. Sincerely, Yourself P.S. Yale is flippin sweet. Just saying.

What's unique about your campus?

Residential college system

Johanna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Yale is forever. It becomes part of your identity, your sense of self. And you only have to pay for those first four years. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Yale is forever. It becomes part of your identity, your sense of self. And you only have to pay for those first four years. If alumni are quick to mention they went to Yale, it's usually out of a lingering awe, like the ultimate brush with greatness, like being able to say you went to the original Woodstock or the party at Ben Franklin's house right after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. You get a seat at the table. Any table you want. Often, it's a dining hall table. There, dinnertime conversation can be like a capstone seminar in any topic - especially if you join different tables and even eat in different dining halls. One night the folks at the table could include a playwright beginning his journey toward a Pulitzer prize; a football player/theater studies major destined to metamorphose into a quadriplegic motivational speaker; an art major later listed and thriving in New York; a Hollywood insider trying on the very large shoes of her literary giant father (and soon walking very gracefully in her own shoes); and some soft-spoken history major eager to see her dad - your childhood idol - when he visits later that week. To stay in earshot of these conversations, next thing you know, you've offered to sew together little spermlike dance costumes for an upcoming production of Cabaret whose costume designer, too, goes into the business.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I've never heard a Yale stereotype that made me wince (although I can't say the same for singing group auditions!). Beginning in the early 80s, Yale became a place where LGBT people felt comfortable coming out and pulling together, and that legacy remains a source of pride for all civil rights-minded alumni. But The Gay Thing is just one example of what the Breast and the Bite-est - no, the Brightest and the Shiniest - or whatever it's called - can produce.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes at Yale come in all shapes and sizes, and most are designed to maximize the teaching strengths of faculty who are also top researchers. So, a large lecture led by the professor breaks down into sections taught by TAs. As you get into 200, 300, or 400-level classes, they get smaller; office hours are more frequent; and you can ask questions during or after class. You can design your courseload to emphasize papers over exams and problem sets, or vice-versa. And regardless of the current trend toward community service, Yale is life-of-the-mind to the core.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Gay was invented at Yale. Irony was invented at Yale. Everyone at Yale can sing. Yale is full of household names, especially in entertainment and media. The hardest part about Yale is getting in; after that, you just develop an academic strategy and do fine. If you get into a secret society, your career is pretty much in the bag. Becoming part of the Yale alumni network is well worth the price of admission. Harvard undergraduates envy Yale because it's a much more undergraduate-friendly place.

Elizabeth
Describe the students at your school.

An incredibly ecletic mix of people who are for the most part devoted to school but maintain a variety of other interests and...

Describe the students at your school.

An incredibly ecletic mix of people who are for the most part devoted to school but maintain a variety of other interests and extracurricular activities.

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

Yale is unique in that it embodies the ideals and practices of a liberal arts education, including an emphasis on foreign languages and study abroad, while still offering first-class education and research opportunities/resources in the sciences.

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

When I was a high school senior, I was studying in Beijing, China through a program called School Year Abroad. Given the chance to go back, I would reassure myself that it had been the right choice and show how adapting to a new culture, family, and educational environment prepared me to make the transition to college. At the same time, I would encourage myself to throw myself more fully into every unique opportunity that came up, both in China and in college. Since attending college, some of my most amazing experiences have come from the moments where I ignored my doubts about a situation or myself and decided just to try something new, unusual, or challenging.

Laura
Describe the students at your school.

They're mostly driven by academic, career and social ambitions: they're restless sometimes, and passionate others.

Describe the students at your school.

They're mostly driven by academic, career and social ambitions: they're restless sometimes, and passionate others.

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

Remember this: loneliness ends. And you will be lonely, leaving behind everything you knew for something that turns out not to be what you imagined. You will be lonely when you discover how strange it is on the other side of the country, with strange weather and strange fashions and stranger people. You will be lonely because there is no place like college, where buildings are crowded with people supposed to be just like you, to find out how alone you really are. But it ends. When you sit alone in the dining hall, staring at your mystery meat, remember that soon you will have friends to join you. When you tiptoe nervously into the back of your first classes, remember that by the end of the semester they will be your classmates, not simply a sea of colored swatches, eyeglasses glinting. Remember that it ends, and remember this: you can make it end. Pick up your tray, and sit down with someone else who is also eating alone. Start a study group. Everyone else is or has been as bewildered as you are, and everyone else has also been lonely. So go ahead ? end loneliness.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone enthusiastic about learning, with something in particular that makes them tick. I recommend it as well for extremely social people, who will always be engaged.

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