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| My major wasn't available but Math is closest. I arrived at GWU with a nearly full-ride scholarship from a very low income family (we're talking <$20K a year). |
Overall, I very much enjoyed my experience at GW, especially my academic experience. My courses in math and science were high quality and rigorous but not impossibly so, and the honors program had other fun and interesting courses that were intellectually stimulating. I took courses in classics/latin and music for fun and the curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow for this (although engineering majors have much less flexibility, FYI). I'm glad I had the opportunity to do this, as I am a grad student at another university now and only take (really hard!) courses in my discipline.
I had internships at NIH and a private science company, as well as positions on campus. I believe my internships and research experiences (two thesis projects my senior year) helped me get into a top top school for my PhD.
There are people from wealthy backgrounds, but I didn't feel the need to "keep up with them." I am who I am, I eat where I eat, and I wear what I wear! I've also found that wealthy students can be found everywhere, even at public institutions that are much cheaper. Do not let it keep you from attending! I made a lot of good friends, and they just happened to be people I met at work or through friends of friends and were not current students. I recommend GW for the academic community, research opportunities, internships, and flexibility of coursework. The location is amazing, and most of the classes are small. I got to know several faculty members well and they wrote me fantastic letters for grad school!
|Sep 01 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| I applied to GW early decision, and after one year at the school I am so happy that I go to school here. But like ANY school there are positives and negatives. |
For me, the positives out-weigh the negatives, but I guess I could see why people transfer from it. True, SOME of the people here are full of themselves, snooty, and arrogant, but with almost 11,000 students undergrad, the whole population cannot be loving and caring about your individual needs. It is SO easy to make friends that have the same interests as you through sports, intermurals, an abundance of clubs and groups, student government, amazing internships in DC, and greek life. With all of these opportunities, it is easy to weed out the people that you don't want to be friends with.
One negative I do find is that we don't have a football team. I loved going to games in high school, and I miss that. But i have replaced football games with basketball games, and have even gone to the soccer field in DC to watch a professional game.
Another thing that I absolutely love about GW is DC. The location of the school cannot be beat. It is amazing, just a 15 minute walk to the monuments, 10 minutes from Georgetown, and right in the middle of so many amazing job opportunities. If you want to go into any sort of international or business career, DC is the place to study, get internships, and apply for jobs. I'm a Communications major and I have endless resources, even in such a political city.In all, I love it here and cannot wait to spend 3 more years at GW. Keep an open mind and go out and find people who share the same interests as you and you will be happy that you chose GWU.
|Aug 15 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
I am about to be a Jr. at GW and I wish I had more than just 2 years left.|
Going to GW was probably the best decision I ever made, I love my school, the people I have met, and living in DC.
GW is really the only school that is truly IN DC.
The campus is 6 square block of GW-only buildings and surrounded by the Department of the Interior, The World Bank, Watergate and The K St. Law Offices. Campus is 2 blocks from The White House and 4 blocks from the National Mall. I go running around the Lincoln Memorial and Monument everyday.
I go out to bars in Georgetown on the weekends, and to dinner with my friends at Zagat's top rated restaurants. I was in the sea of people at the National Mall for Obama's inauguration and have listened to Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Al Gore and Ted Kennedy speak at campus panel events. I play soccer on the fields adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial, and some of my professors join us for 5pm pick up games. I go out to clubs on Saturdays where the Washington Redskins players buy tables, and take a bus to New York City with my friends on some long weekends.
I have interned at Merrill Lynch, World Wildlife Fund and the International Monetary Fund, each for a semester, and I just finished my Sophomore year.
This fall I will be spending the year at The London School of Economics, a program that I was accepted into because of recommendations from my professors that genuinely want me to succeed.
Many of my close friends are from other countries in Europe and around the world, but are all genuine, good people. One of my professors is an International Finance consultant for CNN, and another is the former FBI Research Director.
I am involved on campus in a professional fraternity and with the admissions office giving tours to prospective students. I also wrote for our student newspaper, The Hatchet and am making connections that will help me immensely after graduation.
I don't think that my college experience could get any better, and I am so happy that I picked GW, I simply love going to school in DC and with such a diverse group of students.
Sure there are some other students that I have no interest in being friends with, some that are snobby or bratty, dramatic or malicious. But for every person like that, there are 3 people that are friendly, kind and interesting. GW is also an incredibly bureaucratic school that has a lot of "red tape" and could use a unification consultant, but those short frustrations are something that I don't mind dealing with, because of how great everything else is.
I am a business school student, and while I find my classes very challenging, and the career services in the business school to be great, I have heard that other schools have lower quality resources and a lot of blow-off classes in their curriculum.
GW does a great job updating buildings and designing great housing, our dorms are like palaces and our academic buildings are state of the art.
The one thing that no other school can beat: GW's location, right in the heart of DC. I never want to leave!
|Aug 04 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |