CMU. What is it like?
First I have to give it to people who make this forum really great. I have been reading college forums like crazy for the last week and this really is the one like most (The atmosphere is so nice, xoxo sucks for example)
Here is the situation. I am an international student coming from a fairly prestigious school in my country. I did not look for fin. aid.
I got into Carnegie Mellon (SCS and CIT), Northwestern and waitlisted on Brown and Columbia. I have been aiming for Carnegie Mellon for a long time and am glad that I got in. In fact I would apply early there but I did not. And that is very the problem is stemmed from.
The reason why I did not do early there is that I talked with some people there and they all said the atmosphere at CMU is so dull. For example they said there is noone around and most of the people are studying in their rooms most of the time. To make the matters worse, I am thinking about studying Computer Science there.
Now although I am seriously computer inclined and have a past of doing some serious CS by myself, I am by no means a antisocial geek (Although I adore them. They know it all, seriously. They have got the answers). I have been very very involved in my school with various activities like debate, politics even.
That is why I did not do early at CMU. I did not want to lock myself down to there only. I took a serious risk in fact by not doing early anywhere.
So I would be very glad if some people at CMU would comment on what the school and the daily life is like. What do people do after class, for example? What is the social life like.
Although CMU is one of the best when it comes to CS, I am not sure if that is where I truly belong. I think I would much more happy at some place like Brown. I agree, getting into Brown from their waitlist might be hard but not impossible.
I am anxiously waiting for your on this people. I need some people to convince me either that CMU is a place where an active student can in fact be happy or that unless I would lock myself into my room, I would suck. I am so in the middle now.