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College Life: The Best of Amherst, Georgetown, UChicago, and Brandeis
When I was applying to college five years ago, I did not know where to begin my college search. Considering the thousands of colleges in the US, it was hard to choose where to apply and which university would be a good fit for me.
Should I study at a large university or a smaller liberal arts college?
Should I study in a big city or in a college town?
How should I weigh academic and extracurricular opportunities?
We asked our Education Consultants to give you a sneak peek of Amherst, Georgetown, UChicago, and Brandeis:
“Nothing beats a sunset walk in the woods during a New England fall: the air is crisp, the leaves are golden, and the squirrels are aflutter. When I first arrived in Amherst, I instantly fell in love with its autumn charm. As a budding writer, I enjoyed Amherst’s strong connection with past literary luminaries like Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and James Merrill. Contemporary authors like Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi paid visits and taught master classes that I attended and greatly enjoyed. Academically, I loved Amherst because of the close interaction with professors that it afforded. Many professors welcomed students to their homes for dinners, and to this day, I am in touch with my faculty mentor in the English department. If I were to choose again, Amherst would remain my number one choice!” ~ Elijah, Class of 2019
“Georgetown and its surrounding community provide a certain spirit of togetherness that is unique and unlike any other feeling I’ve experienced. One of my favorite memories at Georgetown—and a once-in-a-lifetime experience—was sprinting all the way from campus to the White House when President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012. Students from Georgetown, American University, and The George Washington University all came together to chant and cheer for Obama’s reelection. This night, in particular, reminded me of the opportunities that extend beyond campus grounds, as well as how vibrant Washington, D.C. is as a whole. As the hub of policy and politics, Washington, D.C. is peppered with historic monuments and museums, the White House, and the Capitol—places where political science, international relations, and public policy students would dream of visiting. In college, I was not only part of the Georgetown community; being in close proximity to other universities such as Howard University and American University allowed me to build friendships with students across colleges. Studying at Georgetown gave me a college experience that expanded beyond my own campus and included the broader university community, as well as the dynamic city of D.C.” ~ Arienne, Class of 2014
The University of Chicago
“I love UChicago’s theoretical and intellectual approach to understanding the world we live in, especially through its Core Curriculum. Whereas most people think in terms of practical down-to-earth solutions, we at UChicago tend to challenge ideas and build up our own theories. Our slogan, “That’s all well and good in practice… but how does it work in theory?” summarizes all too well our way of thinking. At UChicago—known as the university “where fun comes to die”—I actually had enriching experiences through different ways. From reading Plato’s Republic under the gaze of hideous gargoyles to attending graduate-level classes on the Science of Letters, these are some of our ways of having fun!” ~ Ijaaz, Class of 2019
“The University allowed me to explore a variety of different fields of study within its University Requirement system, while also expanding my awareness of key social justice issues in the United States and abroad. From taking courses such as Human Osteology (the study of bones) to learning the Russian language and conducting research in ten countries, in ten weeks, all around the world, Brandeis allowed me to become a well-rounded individual with global aspirations. Outside of the classroom, I was a member of the Men's Varsity Tennis team, worked at the United Nations during my study abroad experience in Geneva, Switzerland and even served as a Community Advisor, all of which built key skills that I could take with me to the workplace after graduation.” ~ Kevin, Class of 2016
Now that you’ve gotten a sneak peek of Amherst, Georgetown, UChicago, and Brandeis from our counselors, we hope that you are better equipped to begin your college search.
Ijaaz Jackaria is an educational consultant and a graduate of the University of Chicago.