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Date: Sep 25 2010
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Definetely Read This. I am actually writing this while on vacation in a 3rd world country with poor internet access because I want new students to get what NU is all about.

NU is the choice for students who didn't get into their first choice. It also happens to be for kids who got in beyond their expectations or students aiming for particular schools like Medill.

Social Life sucks. Apart from the Greek scene and the cold weather, there is little movement on the sidewalks after 8 pm. Everyone is holed up in their housing units. The campus has the shape of an elongated rectangle which contributes to poor centralization of any social activities. Whereas other campuses either are more of a square shape or have walls containing the campus hence giving it a "homely" feeling.

If you are not in the Greek system, you will be surrounded mostly by Indian American students who will literally bore you with details about medical schools from day one.

If you are into business career: there is no undergrad business major- unlike Wharton at Penn.

If you are into diversity, culture, a bit of liberal , yuppie, international feel…you will be extremely disappointed. If you happen to be that type of a person- stay away from the MidWest by any means. You find sophistication on the West Coast and mostly on the East Coast. The international student body is really weak at NU. They are given no scholarships and NU is not very well known internationally. Being in the Midwest, they hardly have any celebrities or high level politicians coming here.

I did not enjoy my experience at NU. Many of the freshman and soph classes are meant to ruin your GPA—so beware.

Honestly, rankings matter. But your grades will matter more. I wish I had attended Georgetown instead. It is in the center of action- sophisticated international flavor, classy…smart..

Consider schools in Dallas, LA, NYC , DC …and if you are not into big towns, go to a nice cozy homely school like University of Vermont which I visited and enjoyed the serene atmosphere.

NU has been dropping in the ranks for the past 15 years. Henry Beinen is just getting too lazy to care anymore.

If you wish to spend the next 4 years of your life either in Greek system drinking and hanging with MidWestern kids or being out of Greek and hanging with Indians discussing Medical School go to NU.

If you want to attend a school where you meet with your class friends over at a cafe one evening and then go out with your dorm buddies to A NIGHTCLUB not a BAR and dance with a girl from Venezuela one minute and another girl from Holland another minute and feel comfortable wearing a suit and heading out,,then don't go to NU.

NU will not teach you a thing about culture.

Do yourself a favor, visit the schools before accepting the invitation. Grab a map of the campus, mark the student center…mark out how many cafes are in the area…

Your NU degree is inferior to a USC or UCLA one on the West Coast.

It is inferior to Gerogetown on the East Coast.

If you are heading into business career, NU means they will keep you stuck in the MIDWEST…stuck in Chicago…think wisely

responseI had to respond to this because I couldn’t believe some of the things you said. How old are you now at this point? You’re missing some of your impeccable worldly perspective considering how many people in the world are actually fortunate enough to be able to attend college (did you get a sense of that when you were spending time in the ‘third world’ country you referred to in your post?) Did you have a nice vacation there you brat?

So.. did you come from one of the coasts and did it teach you everything important in life? When you were wasting your time at NU did you appreciate the fact that Chicago is an ‘alpha’-class city (arbitrary term, taken from a research study), in the same category with Brussels, Frankfurt, Mumbai.. oh… and Los Angeles.. Did you go to any of the dozens of ethnic communities or look up where some “super cool” night clubs are? Did you take an internship at one of the companies downtown- which we all know are some of the largest and most well-respected corporations in the world. And you know Northwestern has one of the best econ departments, come on. If you’re being big-hearted enough to write to ‘help the new students’ tell them some useful things. And you know about Kellogg… like almost every business-minded individual in the country. Did you work hard enough to get in there or were you busy fussing about other things? Seriously, check the lists of Fortune 500 CEOS and what their alma maters.

I lived in DC for a year and a half; Georgetown sometimes seemed to me like a smaller, actually less diverse Michigan Avenue/Gold Coast neighborhood. … but with older buildings (which by default grants it all the culture and best aspects of life, I know exactly what you mean.) I didn’t pick up on the fact it was the epicenter of everything international and exciting because what I remember seeing there pretty often were students from Georgetown wandering around with pink popped-collar shirts (can’t beat that sophistication) and teenage girls visiting and shopping from around Virginia and Maryland. You also said rankings matter.. so check where Georgetown is ranked on some of those all-important lists because you seem to put a lot of stock into that stupid crap. Being an old Catholic university in DC can really help to buoy perceptions but I think if you actually asked a serious academic (professor, grad school admissions dean) they would set you straight about what value a degree from NU is worth in comparison to there or even .. yes, you actually put down USC as another school to compare NU to.

There are websites that break down percentages of where students go after graduation, a good number of NU students stay in Chicago, the rest go to NYC/DC or LA. Check out all the other alumni clubs around the country, maybe get involved and make more friends because it didn’t seem to happen too great for you in college.

And your comments about “hanging with Indians” who were talking about their goals for medical school- were disgusting. That kind of nuanced cultural perspective you maintain… good stuff. One last thing about sophistication- those girls you dreamed about talking to from “Holland”- are from a country called the Netherlands.. you know, right? They might tell you Holland but don’t interpret that to mean they doubt your sophistication or intelligence at all.
Get a clue, care about more important things; maybe good things have happened since you posted this garbage. I wish you happiness and peace bro.

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