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How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Aug 28 2005
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
I have been at Harvard for 3 years and I am looking forward to another fantastic year before graduating. I love the campus, the students and the city it's in.

I really expected to have to look after myself here and I was not wrong in that aspect. The college expects you to take the initiative and get things done. After all, it's our academic lives, not theirs. Those who are very active in talking to the faculty are usually able to tap a vast resevoir of knowledge and expertise. The students who sat on their hands and wondered why advisors weren't knocking on their doors to hold their hands and babysit them through 4 years are rightly going to be disappointed.

As for the profs, they can be hard to get. But they generally are the best in their fields and they do care a lot of their work. Given that their primary goal is to further the boundaries of human knowledge, it is not unusual to find them lacking in their role as teachers. My advice is for you to engage them and make them take you as a part of that mission to expand knowledge. Generally, I have noticed that profs are very good with the students who challenge them and respect individuals who has opinions and viewpoints to share. The students who go into office hours to stare at the prof and say "give me knowledge" are bound to be disappointed.

Are the students competitive? Very. But on the whole, they are very good about not bragging about their acheivements. This is going to be inevitable in a school that takes in the cream of the crop. Again, the ones who will benefit greatly from the experience are those who take this as an opportunity to learn from others while on campus.

Are some students arrogent? Yes, certainly. Either as a result of their success or their wealth and social class, some students are almost unbearable. But the last time I checked, these kids are found on every campus! I avoided the ones that were impossible to deal with and spent time with myriad friends from many different walks of life. These are some of the best friends I have made in my life and it is a pleasure and an honour to have been amongst these distinguished minds and personalities.

Harvard is not going to be a place for everyone. But if you are the type of person who gets stronger with every challenge thrown in your path, the Crimson will give you the best years of your life.

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