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Re: Please list college choice and related info in list form

Post by platypusomelette » October 27th, 2018, 10:08 am

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My advice would be that if you're willing to go for ED, then go for it. Sometimes I ask myself what would have happened if I did ED for Cornell instead of taking my chances at MIT EA. Also that visiting really helps with decision making - I went to the campuses of several other schools, including UPenn, Princeton, Stanford, Caltech, Berkeley, Columbia, UChicago, etc. yet decided not to apply to those places after feeling like even if I got into any of them (which, based on where I got rejected by, would have been unlikely), I wouldn't be too inclined to actually accept an offer anyways. Doing that will greatly decrease the high amount of stress that you probably will experience if you apply to too many places.
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Re: Please list college choice and related info in list form

Post by EastStroudsburg13 » October 27th, 2018, 1:40 pm

It is my strong belief that visiting a school is the single most important thing in a college search. You are going to be spending the better part of 4 or so years at the college you choose; it needs to be a place in which you will be comfortable. Visiting allows you to get a sense for the amenities at a school, the general aesthetic of the school, and the values and social life of the student body (each school's student body has a typical "personality", which can be hard to pin down until you actually enroll but the more you get a sense of it the better). Plus, other "minor" things that will affect your everyday life, such as; what food options are there both on and off the meal plan, how easy/difficult is transportation, how far is it to walk between classes and dorms, what's it like immediately off-campus, if there is any sort of shuttle system, etc.

Academics are important, but at a certain point, the academic offerings of schools are pretty similar; what sets schools apart is seeing the day-to-day operations of a school and seeing what sorts of things each school values. If you're at a school you're comfortable at, it's a lot easier to excel. If you're not comfortable, your entire life becomes that much harder.
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Post by knottingpurple » October 28th, 2018, 6:53 am

Visiting is really useful, I agree with east, you should try to visit a variety of uni types to see what feels right, but I wanted to clarify for anyone that it is possible to choose a school, and make an informed choice, without visiting if visiting that particular place isn't an option. If you're trying to decide between a big public school environment and a liberal arts college environment, for instance, you should visit somewhere of each type - but it's possible to discover you love a liberal arts environment via visiting a place close by and then want to attend a liberal arts college on the other side of the country, which might be too expensive to visit. Visit the colleges you can but sometimes visiting isn't possible, and you shouldn't rule a university out because you can't afford yet another flight to visit somewhere far away. (I couldn't visit Oxford before decision day but instead I emailed questions to several current students at the university, people doing my subject and friends of friends and so on, and that direct interaction with people already here was what I would've mostly gotten from visiting, I think. It just took a bit more effort and initiative.)
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Post by 4RightReasons » April 21st, 2019, 8:52 pm

Hey seniors and grads, Now that May 1st is approaching, where are you going to college? Help other SOers by listing where you applied, accepted, rejected and attending. And all that jazz. Those moving on up will be thankful you took the time. And you too grads if you haven't yet done so.

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Post by krasabnk » April 21st, 2019, 9:16 pm

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College I will attend: NC State University (accepted RD)
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Post by EastStroudsburg13 » April 22nd, 2019, 5:55 am

4RightReasons wrote:Hey seniors and grads, Now that May 1st is approaching, where are you going to college? Help other SOers by listing where you applied, accepted, rejected and attending. And all that jazz. Those moving on up will be thankful you took the time. And you too grads if you haven't yet done so.
This is clearly the same account as "standed", who revived this thread I believe twice before. Either this person cares way too much about where people go to college, or it's something more suspicious. Either way, it's very odd.

EDIT: It's possible that "gunked" is also this same person, as well as the originator for this thread, "blockhead". All are from New York. Strange the obsession over college choice.
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Post by Riptide » April 22nd, 2019, 4:27 pm

EastStroudsburg13 wrote:
4RightReasons wrote:Hey seniors and grads, Now that May 1st is approaching, where are you going to college? Help other SOers by listing where you applied, accepted, rejected and attending. And all that jazz. Those moving on up will be thankful you took the time. And you too grads if you haven't yet done so.
This is clearly the same account as "standed", who revived this thread I believe twice before. Either this person cares way too much about where people go to college, or it's something more suspicious. Either way, it's very odd.

EDIT: It's possible that "gunked" is also this same person, as well as the originator for this thread, "blockhead". All are from New York. Strange the obsession over college choice.
Unless this guys been obsessed with college since like 6th grade (first post was in 2013) I highly doubt it’s the same person (although it could be some parent who really cares for some reason).
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Post by bearasauras » April 22nd, 2019, 4:34 pm

Or maybe they are really into leveraging alumni to improve Science Olympiad :p

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Re: Please list college choice and related info in list form

Post by TheCrazyChemist » April 22nd, 2019, 4:47 pm

It could be data collection by some company.

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Post by MadCow2357 » April 24th, 2019, 4:41 pm

TheCrazyChemist wrote:It could be data collection by some company.
Personally i agree
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