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| Seriously, I did not realize it until I graduated, but that was the most incredible four years I think I'll ever have and most people by far could ever have. And talking to fellow alums, we all have left Yale feeling the same way. Just being like, "Wow, that just happened. That was nuts." I wouldn't trade my life as a Yale student with the Queen of England. It's truly a ridiculous experience. Just remember to capitalize on it. |
|Nov 26 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| Yale has been a truly wonderful experience for me. One thing it took me a while to realize is that the MOST important thing at Yale is not your grades or your classes, but the activities you participate in and the connections you make. Everybody who gets in is intelligent and can work hard to get mostly A grades. What differentiates the truly successful from the average successful Yale student has to do with who makes friends and who gets to know their instructors. Yale has a lot of opportunities to "hang out" with your professors at on-campus clubs, out-of-class programs, at lunch, etc. Make use of these! Go to Mory's with a prof, join clubs and societies, and so on. Coming from a public school background, I didn't do much of this at first and I found it intimidating. But now, my closest friends are from the groups I joined, where I was accepted right away. DO go out for drinks when the people in your college invite you. DO sacrifice one more late night on a paper in favor of one more late night of debate or writing for the school paper or something else. That's where the real life opportunities come from at Yale. And it's much more fun than you realize at first. In ten years nobody will remember if you got a B or an A- in that history class you took, but meanwhile Jed from the YPU will remember you as his friend and will offer you a job working for Congress. It's only worth coming to Yale if you're willing to play that game. It took me a while to be comfortable doing so, but I'm really glad I did! |
|Sep 08 2013|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Yale is the best thing that ever happened to me. This place is heaven. I hated high school for many reasons, but at Yale everyone is so friendly and passionate about what they do and the environment is so intellectual and collaborative. It's impossible not to make amazing friends here, especially with the Residential College system. |
Academically, I don't really believe the Ivy League hype and I think that the top liberal arts schools are probably just as good, but I am very satisfied with my academic experience at Yale. My classes have always been pretty small, but I am in the humanities department and it might be a little different in the sciences. Yale's famous grade inflation makes the environment less stressful than that of the other Ivies or elite schools like UChicago. Yale is considering changing the grading policy but I think they probably will end up keeping the current system.
The only bad things about Yale are the following: there do exist mega wealthy, preppy students here whose entitlement is annoying. There is more of a conservative voice here than I would like since I am very liberal. With that said, Yale is notoriously liberal and according to pop culture it IS the "Gay Ivy," but there are a lot more privileged libertarians here than I would prefer. Finally, Some students can't get over themselves and the fact that they go to Yale.
But those negatives are so small compared to the greatness of this school. I love it here so much, three years have flown by. I wish I could start it all over again. If you get in to Yale, thank the gods and come to Yale. You will have no regrets.
|May 11 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |