a biology major who took a LOT of CS courses.
Academics: The academics are, quite frankly, awesome. CMU specializes
in all sorts of fields which allows anyone who has
an interest in another field to easily take top tier
classes in them. CMU is known for the sciences,
but it still has amazing schools in architecture, art and
drama, business, etc. It was CMU that helped me
discover my passion for CS. If you KNOW you
are interested in the sciences but are maybe not sure
about what you want to major in, then CMU is
definitely a school to look at.
Professors: I rarely talked
with professors but I've heard they're pretty friendly and accessible.
This isn't some snotty school where all the professors
are absorbed in their research to enhance the school's reputation.
Social Life: The social life may not be as great
as people expect. It is true that the school
is more heavily focused on academics, but I see no
reason why people can't have the social life they desire.
If you like to party, then there are plenty
of frats that do so. You can even go
to UPitt or the other 50 colleges in Pittsburgh to
get your groove on. If you like to be
a loner, that's always an option too and you won't
be “alone” in that category as there are plenty of
introverts here that prefer studying and quite environments. Most
people are in between and I don't see how any
part of CMU prevents those people from making friends and
having a fun time.
Advice: There is no doubt
the school is academically challenging. You may feel overworked.
You probably won't get the grades that you were
thinking of getting. With this in mind, I think
it's important to keep things in perspective. When you
get a bad grade, don't beat yourself up thinking your
a failure. Everyone knows this is a hard school. Everyone knows that grades aren't everything.