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There is a lack of identity amongst the

Dec 02 2012Accounting
There is a lack of identity amongst the students. The culture of Case is inexplainable because there really doesn't seem to be a "culture". Most students go to class and do academic extracurriculars. There is a significant imbalance of work and play and it doesn't have to be. The best thing about Case is the power of it's name. But keep in mind, there are other schools with great names and an environment conducive to social growth. .
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Social Life: F

I am currently a first-year

Oct 23 2012Engineering Department
I am currently a first-year. To be honest, I think I had the wrong expectation about Case. Technically it is in the city, but it takes at least a half an hour to actually get downtown where everything is happening. The nightlife is not so good. You have to make a large effort to find parties on Friday and Saturday nights. It is particularly hard to find events to go to.

As for academics, the first year is all about getting through core requirements. The weed-out classes begin your second year. So far, the only classes where my homework was not busy work have been my social studies class, and I am an engineering major. Hopefully things get better.The dining services are downright awful. I don't understand how you are supposed to survive on flour and sugar for 9 months of the year. You only have 2 places where you can use meal swipes, and their quality of food is low. You can use a meal swipe at Denny's, but you can only do so once a week. Plus, the dining halls use large amounts of grease on everything they cook, so most of their food is particularly hard to digest. There are many other things wrong with the dining services, but that is only part of it.

1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Social Life: D

Please know what you are getting yourself into

Nov 05 2012Psychology
Please know what you are getting yourself into when you come to Case. The work is crazy. If you are not ready to give 110%, everyday you are here, without exception, I suggest reconsidering. Expect to feel like you are not good enough, that your life will not go anywhere, and that you are generally worthless on a pretty regular basis. The professors make exams super difficult fully expecting at least half the class to fail. While this can make you fell horrible, they will curve it and you will probably do better with your final grades than you thought was possible given you test average.

I have not found the professors to be particularly helpful even when emailed or spoken to. Many do not have open office hours without appointments, and some will not return email.

While not abundant parties are generally good. If you plan on sleeping however do not attempt to go to more than 1 party a week. Missing one night of study time will probably put you three days behind schedule and you will spend the rest of the week paying for that.

Do get involved with any clubs you plan to join during the first week as it will be much harder to join later in the year. On the upside Case looks excellent on a resume and if you can survive here you will be pretty set for surviving anything life throws at you.

1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Useful Schoolwork: A-, Innovation: D
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