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Princeton crushed my self confidence.BrightUndecided
Princeton crushed my self confidence. I dropped out after my freshman year. I failed everything that I tried and no one was there to help me. I became extremely depressed and spent most of time in the women's center because they had free meditation classes.

Many of my teachers told me that I was stupid, directly and indirectly. My math professor said that I was immature and that I should probably drop his class. He had a thick accent so I could barely understand the snide comment let alone his lectures. When I asked to borrow notes for the same math class people flat out refused. Finding study groups was very difficult because the students were clicky and competitive. I failed a geoscience test and when I went for help from the professor all he had to say to me was "deal with it."- so If you're looking for a nurturing academic environment, Princeton is not the place.If you do end up going to Princeton, the best advice I could give is to GET HELP as soon as you get on campus. Get to know the deans of your college- they are your advocates. Check out counseling services- believe it or not everyone on campus sees them. Go to the study groups in Frist- they are crucial for survival. Make sure you are aware of all of the student resources right away. By the time I learned about how to help myself, it was too late.

1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C-
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2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
University Resource Use/ spending: A, Social Life: C+
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This is going to be a very candidBrightOther
This is going to be a very candid comment about Princeton; Princeton may seem prestigious from the USNews Rankings, but I will try to attempt to paint a holistic view of this institution.

Academics--I feel as if the academics are below par from what I expected. Classes are absolutely enormous, and personal attention is definitely lacking. Furthermore, from all of my professors, only two of them have been good teachers. I came from an elite private school, and I decided to major in pre-med freshmen yr. Big mistake! The premed students here are extremely competitive, snooty, and would care about their grades more than helping you. The stories you heard about people tearing out sheets from books in libraries definitely rings a bell here. I got a C- in my chem class. Instead of studying, people resort instead to beat the system, ie, getting past exams, cheating, etc. I have found the public policy department to be more relaxed than the science department here.

Social Life- The social life here is rather mundane. Princeton is not a very pleasant town. One of my friends was robbed at gunpoint when she was a freshmen. While rare, there is some danger here. The town extremely dangerous and unreceptive to Princeton students. The clubs here are extremely sketchy; students can obtain alcohol in the sketchy bars off campus. Instead of intellectualism people are more concerned about looking/acting cool. Most people are into hard drugs and who can chug the most alcohol. People in my dorm have been rushed to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Thirdly, there is a lot of depression here. People attempt to hide it, but it is pretty self evident. Students can be phony here. Frats and sororities dominate the social life. I pledged a sorority but deactivated because all people cared about was how drunk people got, who hooked up with who, what bars people are going off campus, etc,etc. The valley girl delineation is clearly apparent here. In addition, dateable guys are few. Most are hideous looking.All in all, I should have picked a school that is more balanced with quality academics and better teachers.

4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Collaboration/Competitive: C, Individual Value: F
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