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| Let me start by saying I have loved my time a Northwestern. Sure there have been the downsides, like my weed-out Chemistry class freshman year or how ominous the sorority recruitment process became Freshman year. However, the pre-professional atmosphere at NU will prepare you to take on the world post-graduation and the quarter system here will allow you to craft a very personalized and unique academic path. The catch is that no one is going to hold your hand like at a small liberal arts school. There are so many more opportunities here because of the size, but you have to be the type of person that is going to go out there and take advantage of them. On the other hand, being a third of the size of a typical state school allows you to actually get involved in a number of activities and not only meet but befriend the diverse array of students (D1 Athletes, theater majors, science geeks, greeks, etc.)|
The McCormick School of Engineering is especially fantastic. Although EDC and the EA sequence aren't a cake walk, they help you build a great foundation. The school's emphasis on whole brain engineering is fantastic, and I have personally loved being able to take advantage of the fact that you can take up to a quarter of your classes in the humanities. Furthermore, the engineering school is incredibly collaborative and I've found a really strong community within my major.
The Kellogg Certificate Program is also a unique and challenging academic path that I would recommend to any student motivated enough to get through the pre-requisites. The classes are taught by fantastic Kellogg professors, the support staff is really helpful as your pursue professional internships and full-time positions, and having the Kellogg brand on your resume ushers in a vast array of opportunities.Lastly, the pre-professional attitude of the school means that students can often come off as brisk and even unfriendly, but there are loyal and brilliant friends to be made and the network I will walk away with when I graduate will be incredible. The social scene isn't fantastic, but if your the kind of student that's admitted to Nerdwestern in the first place, you'd rather spend the evening brainstorming the next facebook than getting shit faced in a bar.
|Nov 16 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Having graduated from Northwestern about 10 years ago, I am seeing the same old things being said about NU today. |
So here's my opinion....
Academically, the school is recognized. When people look at my resume, they most certainly are impressed with the name. We, on the inside, know that while NU was challenging, it was not the end all of higher education. Nonetheless, people think it is, so use it to your advantage. Being in music, many of my colleagues are already college professors, orchestra musicians, and have toured all over the world. They achieved all of this before 30!!!!
Social life exists. I had days of debauchery and days of boredom and everything in between. Don't rely on your dorms or the Greek System, just join student activities, that is where I have seen the friendships last. Oh, and NO I was not a part of the Greek system, but I sure drank their alcohol, please do the same.
I do have to agree that the students are socially awkward. It is known in the working world that NU students are hard workers, but they lack the charisma to lead and the courage to innovate. Not a stereotype necessarily, but we have seen it often.In short, study hard, practice alot, get drunk, and when you turn 21, get your ass to Chicago as much as possible!!!!
|Jun 30 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1998 |
| Personally, I've loved my experience at Northwestern. It's all what you make of it though. Because of it's size there are abundant opportunities to get involved, make friends, and grow as a person. However, it's up to you to take initiative and go after those opportunities, from making the effort to get downtown to paving relationships with professors. |
The engineering program is extremely dynamic allowing you to take up to 25% of your classes outside of McCormick, something I've definitely taken advantage of! Classes like EDC (Engineering Design) really push for you to pair creativity with engineering.
The students are friendly and critical thinkers meaning there's a lot of enlightening conversation going on around campus. Sometimes their drive and determination keeps us inside the library a few more nights a week than we'd wish but it'll make for an amazing career network down the road.find your niche and you'll find your home here.
|May 06 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |