George Washington University
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The academics ran hot and cold for me. Most of my professors were Ivy educated (or foreign equivalent) so I felt I had access to some of the best minds in the field. I noticed a huge disparity in student interest though. There are lots of students merely going through the motions, while I also came across many ambitious and hardworking and intellectually curious people. In my first year it was quite common to be in a class where discussion would always be made up of the same three students (the other 8 or 9 not having done the reading and who are only taking the course to fulfil general requirements). In this sense, I think the notion that "your education is what you make of it" would fit very well as a description of GW.BTW, residential Foggy Bottom is very nice. The buildings look similar to what you'd find in residential Georgetown. The university's buildings are all ugly though. DC in general has more than its fair share of ugly architecture, but then I've never been a fan of Brutalism (like Gelman Library, for example, which looks like a prison).
The first is the diversity; GW's student body has about 10,000 people; meaning there is a whole spectrum of individuals, some of who are some absolutely incredible and wonderful people. While frats do have a presence on campus, it is very easy to have a thriving social life without having to join one, and it is very easy to have a social life without alcohol. DC itself is such a thriving and bustling city, and it has so much to offer. You can very easily access any part of the city via Metro or even walking from GW's campus.
As for academics, I have been challenged in a majority of my classes, and I have had to work very hard for the grades I have now. While I have been in a few lecture halls that had hundreds of students, I have also had classes with five people and a professor. And while some people complain about TAs, I have found that they can be even more helpful than the professor at times. However, a good amount of of my professors here have been very accessible, and have always been accommodating to my needs.
Additionally, access to jobs and internships at GW is one of the greatest assets that this school has at its disposal. If they are taken advantage of, any individual will be perfectly capable of finding work after graduation, regardless of major.
Ultimately, if someone comes here expecting the university to give them everything on a silver platter, they need to find a different school. But if he or she is willing to work for what they want, undoubtedly, it will be attained.Has my experience here been perfect? No. But it is the best school that I could have chosen for myself. I regret nothing.
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