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| I really like Tufts as a university, it's challenging and fun, and it really makes you fall in love with it. One thing I don't like as much is the people who go here in general, although I have made great friends, there's so many arrogant people here. Engineering rocks, and it's small and personalized... I love it. |
|Jul 07 2007|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| I am rating this comment positive because I do believe that the good outweighs the bad; however, I am going to comment on what I consider to be both the good and bad aspects of the university. |
First the positives. Overall, I think this is a great university where people can learn, especially if they apply themselves. I have found my professors to be engaging, friendly, and very helpful. In other words, they WANT YOU TO LEARN! There are lots of opportunities for outside research (something which I have had the opportunity to do twice), and I think that these experiences are invaluable to both your future and your eduction. There is nothing like applying what you are learning to real-world situations.
The students are smart and generally want to do well. I don't find it to be cut-throat competative- no one asks how you did so that they can compare themselves to you; instead, it's more of an internalize competativeness where they try their best to beat themselves.
The dorms are not bad. I have certainly been to worse. A few people say they have had problems with bugs, but from my experience, a lot of these problems are due to unhygenic practices by the inhabitants- ie, leaving food out to rot. The on-campus apartments are small but cozy. The dorm food is, in comparison to other places, not bad at all. There are lots of options, and even if you simply HATE the hot entrees, you can always make a salad or sandwich, or eat some cereal. Having had friends from other universities come by, I have heard all of them say that in comparison, our food is better.
I think the campus has a nice layout and is quite pretty from a fairly urban setting. People might complain that we need to spread out more or that it's oddly planned, but they have to remember that we straddle Somerville/Medford, and land is damn expensive, not to mention hard to come by. Tufts does try to upkeep the buildings. They just built a new eco-friendly apartment building, along with a new music building.
The range of classes offered is great. Some of my favorite classes were not in my major, but instead in art, italian literature, etc. Tufts has a great cross-registration option with the School of the MFA, so you can mingle with a very artsy crowd. There is also the ExCollege, were people can take different, random classes, often taught by other students or experts in whatever field it is.
Now for the bads. There is a bit of non-mixing between different racial groups. This is not true in all cases, though- my friends come a variety of different backgrounds. But, in general, there seems to be a certain racial divide. A lot of people are very quick to defend their background, regardless of if it was actually being insulted in the first place. Sometimes the school is almost too steretypically liberal- and this is coming from a die-hard social liberal! However, sometimes it just feels like unless you are an international student or a minority, you count for a lot less.
Keep in mind, though, this seems to only reflect group mentality- individual encounters that I have had are very informative and open-minded. It just seems that if you get a larger group together, the old barriers come more into focus. It's group mentality versus invidivual experiences.
Why does this happen at Tufts and not other schools? Well, one idea is that since we do have a very diverse (racially) population, that in schools with less, there simply aren't enough differences to come to light. Another idea is that maybe the school points out race (as a good thing) so often, that all the bad things also come out. I don't know. I do think the University is trying hard to create more intermingling between racial groups, but it's the individual ethnic-centric clubs and programs that need to reach out more as well.
Another bad thing is that a lot of Tufts students, regardless of race, come from very high-level socioeconomic backgrounds. This seems to lead to lots of whining. I hear people talking about spending several hundred dollars on clothes each weekend, or about the next flight to the Bahamas. Some people are so used to having everything handed to them on a silver platter that everything warrants complaint, from the weather (it's Massachusetts, it gets cold, deal with it) to how so very far away Boston is (it's only 20 minutes away, and most of that is spent with your butt sitting on a train- stop complaining). The lack of social life seems to come up a lot, though I have never found this to be the case. I have always found something to do and somewhere to go, and it's suprising that such a lack of imagination or self-motivation comes from a group of supposed self-starters. That said, not everyone is whiney or spoiled, and everyone I know seems to have found their own niche at the school and made lasting friendships.
|Jan 20 2007|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| I'm a freshman almost done with my first semester here. While the facilities are amazing and every teacher is dedicated, I feel like I'm not as challenged as I expected I would be. Coming from a high school where doing nothing got me 100% on most tests, here I do have to study, but at the same time "cramming" which they say doesn't work has been getting me 90's on all my tests, in classes where many sophomores fail. I feel like a "baby ivy" shouldn't be this easy. |
The dorming experience here is better than most other places. The rooms are big and the bathrooms are clean, though I've heard some of the all freshman dorms have trouble with bugs. The food is supposedly really good, but to be honest, having the same 5 "ethnic" dishes every 3 days is getting pretty old; Luckily there's a big salad bar, cereal, soup and cold cuts at every meal.
The extracurricular activites are extensive here, though I personally am disappointed with the dance program. There's basically any club or intermural sport you can think of including water polo and ultimate frisbee.
As for transportation, the school is walking distance from the subway, which takes you anywhere in boston, as well as to the airport or train/bus station where you can get home, or basically anywhere you want.
I personally have a problem with the defination of the "diversity" here. While there are many non-white students as well as internationals, I find that about 90% of the kids here, regardless of race, are die hard liberals with unrealistic idealism. And I'm a liberal, so imagine how you'd feel if you were conservative. Everyone wears the same ugg boots and northface jackets here, and yet, everyone is an "indiviual". People sometimes are surprised that I went to public school, because they didn't know "smart kids did that". While people are always friendly about letting you sit with them at meals and inviting you out, don't be surprised if they spend $100 in one night of mommy and daddy's money on weed without finching, or insist that everyone should do all they can for the "unfortunate" while they spend hundreds on new clothes. For a school that's "not snobby or stuck up," it is, its just hidden. But its a private school, so its bound to happen. As a kid from a middle/working class town on long island , I often feel like I'm the only stereotypical "poor college student" here. Plus, a lot of people are used to being the "smart ones" at their highschool, and as a result show off in class by spouting a bunch of information that isnt relevant, or tell you flat out that your opinion isn't valid, just because they can.
I, myself, am thinking of transferring, mostly because I'm far away from home, and because I can't bring myself to stay at a school charging $45,000 a year that I don't feel at home at. Tufts's really is a great school, I can't deny that, but I think I'll be much happier at a public school. Tufts has great programs for academics in pretty much all subjects, and the kids here are interested in their fields (among other things). One word of advice, make sure you stay overnight at the schools you apply to. I didn't, and as a result didn't get a feel for the kinds of people who go here. While I've made some friends, I feel like the overall mentality of "we're the best" is really pronounced here, and I don't see how that can coexist with the "equally serve the world" mantra the school says it has. That's just my opinion though. Definately talk to students here before you choose to decide for yourself.
|Nov 04 2006|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |