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| While this school is excellent for many, it's a great mistake for some. There's no way to know if you'll be one of the many or one of the 'some.' It's a very vocal, very intellectual environment, you'll be around a lot of brilliant, quirky, people.|
It does truly celebrate the life of the mind.
That being said, there are deep issues with how the university is set up, and I don't think that some students are given the respect or treated with the dignity they deserve. For students who have had traumatic experiences here, there is nowhere to turn to. It is common enough to leave college, lost, but at this school especially it is easy to sentimentalize what is truly a very expensive experience that is not really worth it.
Apart from some really dogged alumni who will defend to death the virtue of this pure university. Most people who arrive realize at some time, that there are a lot of disquieting things about this place. It's not very modern for one thing, and really needs to work on modernizing itself to meet contemporary needs. It seemed to me like a lot of students were fraudulently getting 'excited' about the core when it really was kind of a waste of time.
Also, I know that many people meet their life partners here but often it is because they are scared. They are scared for different reasons but are nevertheless scared. So yeah, if you want to get married in college, this is a great place statistically speaking. However, it is better to come here if you are not attractive as you'll find more people like yourself in this dismal place!!
It's better to stumble around here and get your degree, then try to impress people when they think that this is a state school and only academics care. Or worse. People won't like you because this is a prestigious institution.
Anyways, if you don't mind taking 4 years out of your life to indulge in the life of the mind the library is great. The school is very walkable. The neighborhood has its charms. The safety record is not that bad. You probably have more to fear from other students than 'some neighborhood robber who will hold you up at gunpoint.'
Assuming that nothing major happens, it's a good place to be if you like being around some of the smartest people in the world. Professors do take the time to talk to undergraduates. Many people are quite kind. Sometimes that can all be lost in a second, and you'll feel alone, but it's not a horrific place. Toe around with the administration, try not to care too much, get an air conditioner if you're around in the summer, you might actually enjoy your experience and find yourself employable after 4 years.
|Oct 31 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2003 |
| UChicago is just alright. I don't hate it, I don't love it. It offers a lot academically. Most of my classes have been great and most teachers really are helpful and interested in their subjects. I think the real problem with UChicago lies with the few students that make your classes unbearable aka that kids. Classes without a predominant that kid are much more productive and enjoyable. This that kid syndrome also seeps out into social groups, there is always a that kid at every party talking about physics and philosophy when no one else really wants to talk about physics and philosophy... because they are getting drunk. But overall my experience has been good so far. Classes really aren't that hard and it is easy to figure out what classes you need to go to or in what classes you need to read the books. Most of the time you can skim by and make a B+ or A- in any humanities of social science class (except maybe econ). The key is to bullshit, bullshit and bullshit some more. I probably did all of my reading for any given class maybe 3 times last quarter. There are ways to avoid doing work, you just have to accept your finals week sort of sucking....but that is 5 days versus 10 weeks of suck. But overall, UChicago classes are really great and interesting. Their set up and material is usually completely different than any of my other friends at college. They are training me well to be a master at some strange obscure facet of some strange obscure topic....and I think I am ok with that. |
|Jul 27 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| The University of Chicago is one of the best places I've ever been. Granted, only about 10% of us are in Greek life, there is a solid group of people who go out and party very hard. Those same people are Rhodes Scholars, future Nobel Prize winners and word leaders. The social scene is tight-knit, but with enough different pockets to find a new crowd if necessary.As for the academics, it is as hard as you make it. There is an unbelievable amount of reading assigned, but that doesn't mean you actually have to do the readings. If you are a student who has to do all of the assigned work in order to do well in a class (i.e. study a lot to maintain good grades), you will probably hate the U of C. If you have coasted through school and did well enough to get in, you will have to up your game a bit but you will probably be able to coast here too. |
|Jul 27 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |