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The University of Virginia

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionB-
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeA
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Dec 28 2009
Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)
I certainly enjoyed my year and a half at UVa and I look forward to the remaining years. Something to consider is that academic advising before you declare a major is awful. I have met some of the most useless advisors who did not have a clue about science programs because they were history professors. You should have some idea what you want to do before you come here or you will get lost in the liberal arts atmosphere. Seek out people in the fields that interest you…these professors/TA's/upperclassmen are much more helpful than your assigned advisor.

Second, try something different. College is a time to experience. I initially had my doubts about joining a fraternity, but after being dragged out by some first year suitemates to some frat parties and rush, I found a frat I liked and made so many good friends that I never would have met otherwise. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made my first year. You can pledge a fraternity and do well in course work (esp. 1st year) as long as you budget your time properly.

When second year rolls around, do not take 3 "weed-out" courses in a semester. It is possible to do well, but you will have no life outside of schoolwork. Pre-med is competitive so be prepared to encounter some cut-throat behavior. Get involved in as many activities as you can without overextending yourself.

Try to enjoy every second of it because it's already second year and I am still wondering where first year went. Take a chance, streak the lawn, explore the underground tunnels, apply for echols, ask out that pretty girl in your chem class…you fail 100% of the time if you never try.

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