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Date: May 05 2005
Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)
Caltech is the kind of place that is very rare indeed, and you don't know how rare it is until after you have left. It has the academic and research resources of a large research university, but the intimacy and strong student-faculty interactions of a small liberal arts school. The classes are intense, but the community is extremely supportive. Everyone helps each other out. Socially the place is unusual, but it houses the most amazing and creative set of students I have ever met. The female:male ratio, while better now than when I graduated is till skewed, and as such the dating atmosphere is far from the usual in college life.

It is an amazing place to go to, and if you are up for a lot of hard work (but with friends to help you) and stretching your mind, imagination, and analytical abilities to their limits, then this is a wonderful place. You have freedom, trust, and responsibility to do whatever you need to. The Honor Code is taken very seriously here, and it truly builds a place where everyone feels they are in it together. You meet and discuss science with some of the finest scientist in the world on a regular basis, and something I wish I had taken more advantage of.

And, I got be in a musical with Richard Feynman. What more could you want?

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