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| This is a good school, but some could be changed for the better. The friends I met at GW in my freshman year stayed with me throughout the four years as I met new friends along the way. Most of my friends went to public high schools, leaving some humility with them and a perspective about treating people with respect regardless of income. I am from a middle class family and some people at this school passive aggressively pompous and are so snobby that they try to make you feel like you are poor because you do not arrive on campus with a luxury car given to me by my parents' work. They choose to spend their money differently and some people here put you down for coming from a family with less money. Their parents earned everything these kids have and the kids think they earned it and that people like me did not earn it. This attitude became more prevalent as the years went by. GW has to fix this sense of entitlement that pervades the wealthy student body. GW is doing something wrong. These fortunate students SHOULD be encouraged by the school, their parents, or be greatful of their own situation, to be involved in community service. Then, the students will graduate with a good perspective of people and wealth, a common value of humility and helping others while in a better position from when they arrived at college. |
|Jan 20 2009|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| I met some of the smartest, most motivated people (all who knew how to have a good time) while I was at GW. When I searched for colleges I wanted a school where students "worked hard and played hard". GW lived up to that reputation and then some. All of my friends from GW have gone on to accomplish great things in their careers. Out of the group of 8 girls that I would still consider my closest friends from GW, 6 of us have higher level degrees. From the other 2, 1 owns her own very successful company, and the other has a big position in the political world. |
We had a great time while in school (maybe too much fun). As long as you keep smart about your decisions, anyone can have a blast while at GW, but still be successful!
I am not someone that has been handed life on a silver platter. I have had to work hard for all that I have right now. I worked 2 jobs throughout college so I could live the life I wanted to at GW. I would not change any of those experiences because it is shaped me into who I am today.
If you are looking for a school where are can wear pj's to class, GW is not the place for you (I learned that the hard way during my 1st 8am class). People will stare. Many people there come from great wealth, but such is life. This is a private school folks. And you know, I thank those people that can afford the most expensive shoes, bags, and cars because they helped to pay for my education. There were times I felt that my things did not measure up to others, but that was pressure I put onto myself. It was not because others made me feel that way. There are so many different type of people at GW. Yes, many are from the NE but you will find the same thing at most private schools in the NE. I am proud of my GW education. I could have gone to many other schools, but the experiences I had while at GW are irreplaceable.
|Jan 08 2009|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| My first semester at THE george washington university made me seriously rethink my trust in the goodness of humanity. SNOBBERY IS NOT DEAD. i grew up in san francisco at a private school populated by big wineheads and film offspring and spent years of high school in paris, PARIS! the land of snobbery yet was unprepared for the new heights and extravagant leaps that the gwu student body has reached. people walk around seriously contemplating what they would do if their parents had not already set them up for life. would they marry for money? How would they be able to pay for their botox and future cosmetic surguries?? (legit eavesdropping conversation i heard near gelman library) people drop $1000 a night at josephines, a local club populated by disgusting GW girls in $15,000 heels, for a table. Girls wail down the hall after realizing they've over-charged daddies credit card by 3 grand. This is excess at its prime. these kids have never had to do anything for themselves in their lives and revel knowing they never will. |
I came to GW because i thought the environment woudl be amazing. the Elliott school is one of the best regarded international affairs programs in the country and boasts huge speakers, i saw colin powell, albright, christopher and kisinger all in the same day this past semester, but DON'T BE FOOLED! PLEASE be wary. I thought the stimulating environment of dc would procure a student body equally as motivated and inspired by the politics, the culture, the history that weâ€™re living literally 2 blocks from the white house.but i was so so so wrong. no one does anything here. there's no creativity, no spark, no interest, no individuality, no music, no side projects, no hidden talents. conversations are started by asking where you went last weekend, what clubs, what bar, who you fucked. classes are never discussed, no conversation goes deeper than how many shots you took, how much money you spent, etc etc.
i've never been a straight edge kid or anything. i smoke a lotta weed, i looove to have a good time but i measure my happiness by quality not quantity of wasted opportunities and fake friends.
GWU is a wanna-be ivy that east coasters can send their wasp/jap fuck up kiddies who did waaaay too much cocaine in high school without being embarrassed at their cocktail parties with their friends, pay off the admin. with the full enrollment and get our little princess into a respectable institution that cranks out braindead politicians looking to make the next big buck off of someone else's ideas.
this school is ridiculous and if you make the mistake of going, get out as fast as you can. you'll be on the fasttrack towards mid-life crisis in nooo time. this isn't an education, but preparation for a career and a life that you haven't even had time to think about. there is no learning that goes on here, only stealthy cheating..kids paying other kids over $500 to take final exams is common place and almost encouraged by the lack of teacher/student relationships and compelte negligence on the teachers part. they don't give a fuck about you, you're a student, they work at gwu for the connections, not for the rewarding wonderful life as a teacher.
no one cares about you and UPD wants every slutty girl carted off to the hospital in their EMERGE truck. be careful! don't stumble into thurston fucked up and stupid in high heels you WILL be breathalized, lay down on a stretcher and carted away in a symbolic homage to the poor decision in coming to this school in the first place.
You can find your niche, but I like to think of a niche as a nice way of saying you found the other kids that canâ€™t. fucking. Stand it.
|Dec 31 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |