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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
4:43 pm
I could really use some help if anyone can give it!
I'm a junior looking for school (blah blah blah) these are things I'm looking for in a school

+extrememly close to either Boston, (possibly ny and dc) (15 minutes tops or in)
+ not big on sororites/frats
+ really involved in the community/a lot of clubs

i just want to know some.. if anyone could help that would be great, please!

by the way: If I can help anyone else as well, (i don't know if a jr could help) but i'm willing so feel freee to ask

Thank-you so much!
Friday, January 6th, 2006
11:15 pm
The Campus Manual
I'm sorry to bug you all with this kind of shameless plug, but I thought it might be interesting for college students and is almost perfect for this group topic.

So my friend and I came up with an idea the other day. This is a website for mainly college aged students that has a wikipedia like format but has provides more than just basic information for the university. Every school has its own culture, vernacular, buildings, food, and the like. It would be extremely useful as well for prospective college students.

We are both Brandeis University students (and I'm a History major) so we began to write entries for our school (which makes up the bulk of the site thus far). The entries began as a rather objective thing but grew more humorous as time progressed. The articles are often comedic but largely factually true (or honest in student opinion). Anyone can edit these pages, so if somethings objectionable it can be changed. Check it out at http://www.campusmanual.com/ , and feel free to start entries for your own schools, or message me at scrimers86 . It'd be a really good and humorous database for college students, in our opinion. I figured my counterpart history students might enjoy writing their own school history because most of the articles would not make it on wikipedia.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
3:20 pm
Hello! *waves somewhat hyper...ly*
Greetings... I'm here to observe, but I might as well have an introduction for the hell of it.
I'm technically still a junior in hs for the next couple of days, though yesterday was my last day because I'm exempt from all of my exams. I'm a pretty good student - I ended up rambling, so I'll spare you :)Collapse )

Current Mood: sore
Monday, April 4th, 2005
10:25 am
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
4:36 pm
Hi, I'm actually a junior in highschool but I'm about to take the dundundun SATS!! My scores are really not that great, but my grade point average (4.3) is pretty darn good (I take honors courses as well) and my community activities list is so so. I'm very stressed about trying to find a college. I love art history and am thinking about majoring in it, but I'd rather not go to an art school. Would you guys suggest schools to me to look at? Things for me to do to take the focus off sat scores? I'm thinking about the New England area, mostly boston & rhode island. Thanks
Sunday, January 9th, 2005
10:02 pm
I'm taking a sabbatical from LJ until May, most likely, but odds are I won't be back. (I'm fasting for Lent and seeing how it goes from there.) I'd be perfectly happy leaving this community to anarchy, but if someone wants to be a mod and take over, comment, and I'll set you up.


(x-posted to all the communities I mod)
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
2:05 pm
i am a senior in high school and i'm looking for a good fashion marketing school in boston or close enough to boston. online college sites aren't helping me out at all (maybe i just don't know where to look) so i thought people who actually live around this area can help me out. thanks a lot.
Monday, November 8th, 2004
3:06 pm
first, a few things about me, academically:
I am a senior in a very competitive academic magnet high school. i take all honors and AP classes, and have a A-/B+ average.
SAT: 570 math/ 670 verbal (i took it the spring of my junior year, and have recently retaken it last week. hopefully my score will have improved. I also took the ACT for the first time a few weeks ago, i dont' have my score from that back though.)
I'm fairly involved at school- Amnesty International, orchestra, band, drama, service club
and outside of school- photographer's assistant, local youth symphony, another orchestra

so my real question is: how competitive is BU? Boston university is my first choice, and it would be a dream to go there.i toured recently, and know a lot of the facts the admissions reps give, but in your experience, what are my chances (given the above info)
also, i am intending on majoring in music. i play the violin and don't think i will have a huge problem with the audition unless it is "julliard competitive." does anyone know about music admissions?
i realize that my post is very similar to the one before it, but i didn't think there was any harm in posting mine, too. sorry if its just redundant!
Sunday, October 24th, 2004
10:12 pm
Boston University is my first choice school. I was wondering what you guys thought my chances of getting in are. I'm an advanced college prep student(not honors, but level 1), and I have a 1380 on my SATs so far. I took them again, but have not recieved the scores. I'm involved-I'm in the drama club, concert/marching band, and I'm on my schools Academic Decathlon team. I have like a 3.5/3.6 GPA, I'm not sure what it is exactly. I was mostly worried about the fact that I'm not taking AP courses.

What do you think?
Sunday, October 17th, 2004
10:49 am
Hello everyone. :] I hope this is the right place for this post- mods, if you disagree, feel free to delete with my apologies. (cross-posted to realcollege, beantownkids, and umass)

I'm a high school senior living in New Orleans, Louisiana. I've been here all my life, which sounds cool (party town, Mardi Gras, Jazzfest, seafood, the French Quarter, jazz, yadda yadda yadda) but gets extremely dull after nearly eighteen years. I had a chance to walk around Boston for a couple of days last summer and really fell in love with the city- I'm a bit of a history geek, so a place like Boston is a dream. Combined with the fact that it's a cultural Mecca to someone raised in the city that gifted the world with Juvenile, 50 Cent and fried dill pickles, I've been thinking pretty damn seriously about moving there for college. I'm determined to eventually wrangle my way into BU, as I'm a bit of an academia-holic; however, while my test scores are pretty good (1350/28, plus "Gifted" classification from the Louisiana school board) and my extracurriculars are excellent (literary magazine assoc. editor since freshman year, Gay-Straight Alliance for three, extensive volunteering for the Kerry camp and Human Rights Campaign), my GPA is a bit pale in comparison (3.2 from a magnet school for overachieving bright kids, so my class rank is terrible). Anyway, now that I've bored you to tears, onto the meat of the post (so to speak). I was hoping I could ask you a few questions- thanks so much.

-My current (admittedly rather nebulous) plan is to go to UMass Boston for a year, to establish residency in the state and bring up my grades a bit. I've got my eye on a National Merit scholarship which will hopefully pan out, but other than that I'm in a bit of a financial bind (thanks to cruddy B+ GPA, I'm not eligible for any major scholarships, my parents can't contribute a whole lot and BU has a pretty big price tag). Oddly enough, I haven't been able to find any information on this. Does Massachusetts establish residency only with an official address (e.g. to establish residency I wouldn't be able to live in a dorm)?
-What is UMass Boston like? How is the campus situated? Are the classes insanely hard? Basically, I'm looking for things that the brochures don't tell you- for example, I had halfhearted aspersions to UMass Amherst until a recent grad told me that the campus is all concrete and sterile and generally institutionalized and ugly (note: his words, not mine). Similar information on BU and BC would be appreciated as well.
-What exactly is the difference between BU and BC? Is one of them the better school? I only really know what the brochures and similar things tell me (which makes them sound completely homogenous). My intended major is anthropology-religious studies, with computer graphics and psychology tied for second, if that makes any difference.
-How is the financial aid for all three of these schools? My quote-unquote guidance counselor is of no help at all when it comes to this, and I'm having a horrid time trying to figure out what I'm eligible for. Pff.
-Is public transportation good? One of the few nice things about this city is that you can get pretty much anywhere you need to by bus (although generally not after 9pm or so), but I've been told that it's different in other places. True or false? The idea of having to keep up a car, especially in a large city, especially on a part-time salary, is not appealing.

Anyway, thank y'all so much for reading, and for whatever help you can give. :] It is truly, truly appreciated.
Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
11:34 pm
Hey- im a senior in highschool right now and i was wondering about boston university. i was wondering if the dorms are really strict as people say they are, and if there are actually no parties and stuff in the dorms because of the strict rules. i just wanna kno how strict the rules are if the social life at boston university is good or bad because of it. and if it is as strict, are they strict..what kind of rules are they strict on and can u not even hav a guy from a diff dorm stay over? get back to me pleasee, thank you
Tuesday, March 9th, 2004
9:59 am
This community has been a little inactive, so I thought I would liven it up a bit.

Question for everybody...

What is the best thing about your college, and what is the worst thing about your college?

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, February 12th, 2004
7:47 pm
Yesterday I received my second acceptance from Elmira College (the first was California State University, Chico)!!!!

i'm really excited about this.

does anyone know anyone who goes there or graduated recently? i'd really like to talk to some students, but there's no elmira community here on lj (that i can find anyway...)


Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003
12:03 pm
hi everyone.

i'm a college senior and seriously considering attending school in boston. i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about boston university, northeastern, and/or bentley and babson. i love BU, and i really don't know much about the co-op program at northeastern. if anyone has anything they could tell me about any of those schools i would really appreciate it.

thanks in advance!
Thursday, December 18th, 2003
1:51 am
suny potsdam
Hey! I'm a freshman at SUNY Potsdam. I'm a Music Education major over at the Crane School of Music there. If anyone has any questions about Potsdam/Crane, I'd be happy to try and help!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2003
6:52 pm
aimless student...xposted.
Hey there. I'm Katie, a junior in high school, and already feeling college looming...I've been looking seriously at Reed, Hampshire, New College, Swarthmore, Amherst, and less seriously at Sarah Lawrence and Columbia (in NYC, not Chicago). I had been looking at Bennington, but I've heard negative things about its current state, like mass budget cuts and disorganization. Anyway, I was just curious as to feedback about those schools. What I've heard so far (mind you, I haven't visited the schools yet...):

  • Reed, while academically rigorous, can be stressful/has a big workload. Loads of drugs (which doesn't really bother me), and the kids can be arrogant, self-righteous asses.

  • Hampshire isn't all that rigorous, and full of "kids who make bad art"

  • Swarthmore...stressful.

And, about me: I've been involved in various anti-war, vaguely-liberal groups, and while I hesitate to align myself with any group, most of my beliefs are left-wing. But I get annoyed with activists that care more about pissing people off than actually accomplishing things. As a poetry teacher of mine once said, "I have hippy beliefs, but I can't stand hippies themselves." So that's my concern with some of these schools...that they'll be full of mindless activist types who haven't read anything beyond Michael Moore, or Chomsky if they're ambitious.

But I definitely know I want to go to a school with an nontraditional approach to education. Hampshire's setup appeals to me. At the same time, I don't want to go to a gimp school...I want to go someplace that values intellectual pursuit, and has standards, etc. I wouldn't mind a big workload too much. I'm not sure what I want to do, exactly...leaning towards journalism, latin-american studies, or creative writing, maybe something in biotech or photojournalism. Who knows.

Anyway, there's my plea. :(
Sunday, December 14th, 2003
1:08 am
Moderator Update:
I apologize for not updating sooner. To say that finals week was stressful would be like saying that the Atlantic Ocean is a puddle. (College students, I know you know what I'm talking about.)

I updated the colleges/reps on the info page. If I forgot you or something, please, make a post here or smack me in the back of the head--whichever you feel would be more fun.

I have my own question. (I'm looking to transfer out of NU.) Does anyone know anything about the English Department at BC, BU, Smith, Wellesley, and/or Tufts?

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
11:59 pm
hi! i'm rachel, and i'm a freshman at the university of toledo in toledo, ohio, and i love it. :) i'm majoring in adolescent education (concentrating in history). i'd love to be the representative of UT here. good luck to those in high school wanting to get into their college of choice!! k, bye now!


Current Mood: good
Monday, December 8th, 2003
4:08 pm
Hey, my name's Kevin. I go to Emmanuel College in Boston and I run the school's LJ comm: emmanuelcollege. I'm a Junior, majoring in Instructional Technology. If anyone has questions about the college, just ask in the comm.

Current Mood: productive
Friday, December 5th, 2003
11:38 am
i love IC!
hi! i'm lou, i'm a sophomore advertising/public relations major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. i also have a women's studies minor. i'm on the ski team, and i do a lot with the community service network...ask me anything!! =)

Student Rep : callmelou
College LJ Community : ithacacollege
College Web-Site : www.ithaca.edu

Current Mood: cheerful
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