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CMU instilled a great work ethic.English
CMU instilled a great work ethic. I had to work hard to get good grades there, and once I got into the real world, that "get it done" kind of work ethic helped a lot. I liked the fact that CMU offered a "preprofessional" twist on the English major (my actual major was Professional Writing.)

In retrospect, I'm very glad I studied abroad for a semester. If you're on the fence or wondering -- JUST DO IT! It's an amazing opportunity.

One thing that plagued me during my undergrad years was this sinking feeling that, as an English major, I was doomed to say "do you want fries with that?" upon graduation. Computer-science, business, & engineering folks were genuinely puzzled at why I would major in such an "unmarketable" thing. But I did really well with applying my education to a lucrative and interesting career. My advice would be: "study what you love, and it will work itself out in the end." While you're in school, get a mentor in your field if you can.

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Carnegie Mellon is a pretty tough school.Art & Design Department
Carnegie Mellon is a pretty tough school...it acts as a crucible. Put a lot of really intelligent people in, put them under an intense amount of stress, and see who comes out thriving. You do tend to develop strong and lasting friendships because of sharing this trial by fire! For art students, the opportunities to study outside one's major are extremely valuable (they were for me, at least).
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I think it's important that you find aArt & Design Department
I think it's important that you find a school that fits both your academic credentials and your personality type. I found it helpful, when l was looking at undergrad programs, to meet other people in my prospective major, since that really made the choice easier when it came to decision time and I decided on Carnegie Mellon. I had a fabulous time at carnegie mellon- nowhere else do you get the blend of really talented artistic students (art, drama, music) and really smart computer /science people together on a campus. It also helps to contribute to your college community and participate in organizations- spring carnival, marching band, service orgs, or what have you, because you only get out what you put in. It's not for everybody, but for the right people, it's a wonderful place and you have a great time. My experiences at CMU have truly contributed to the person/artist I am now, and I find myself referring to my experiences there a lot, as well as keeping in contact with all the friends I made there...
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