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Carnegie Mellon University

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I came to CMU totally unprepared

Dec 12 2001Architecture
I came to CMU totally unprepared. I did minimal research when I was choosing a college, and did most of my application on the day it had to be postmarked. I knew nothing about my major, and little about the school. I started to be a little worried when I got here, and when people heard that I was an architecture major, they told me the horror stories about their archie friends who spent ridiculus amounts of time in the studio. Also, at the first meeting of the freshman architecture class, they told us that CMU was currently the #2 architecture school in the country. At a school where students are known for working all the time, architecture students are generally acknowledged to be some of the busiest, hardest workers on campus.

The program is great, the teachers really care, and the students are amazingly talented and versitile. However this is not a program for the unsure. You won't pick an elective until your 4th semester, and you won't have time to explore any other options. You will wonder if you are devoting your life to this because you want to or because you will not do well if you don't give all of you self. If you do have a few free moments, you won't feel like rethinking any major life decisions, or for that matter, like thinking at all. This is not a school for the lazy, or for procrastinaters. This is not a school for people who need sleep... EVER. This is, however, an amazing place to be and learn and experience life. You will work, and you will bleed. If you don't succeed it will be your own fault. While you are expected to succeed, the faculty will do whatever has to be done to make you able to do what you need to do. Architecture is like no other major or proffesion, and CMU is like no other place.

1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Scholastic Success: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F

People at this school ARE different

Oct 16 2001Biology
People at this school ARE different. Given that I belive that that makes this school that much better. The more different personalities there are the better the experience at a school is. Yes you are going to have weekends here where there is nothing to do, but there are other weekends where there is a to of stuff to do. It's all how you look at things, I see CMU as a good place to get a good education and a good place to make friends and have fun, so it is for me. Others see it as a place of intense work, people who only worry about their own major and work, and no fun. So it is that way for them. I would recommend this school to anyone who is open minded, granted you will get frustrated with some people here who aren't, if you are open minded you won't mind then will you?
1st Year Male -- Class 2004
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: C-

At Carnegie Mellon it is very easy to

Aug 20 2001Civil Engineering
At Carnegie Mellon it is very easy to have a great experience or a terrible one. You have to make an effort to find your crowd. There is a big mix of people - from athletic to gothic - and it is easy to find yourself living next door to the type you are not. Do not get worried. I had the best four years of my life. I partied a lot and made great friends. I also did my share of class work, which is extremely demanding. Make sure that you work on your time management - or take a course on it. This is a great school for scholastics - and a great city to explore. No reason not to love CMU.
4th Year Female -- Class 2001
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: B

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