Congrats to everyone who got in!!!
So I know some of you *may* be trying to decide whether you want to do Columbia next year or not (I know my friend is), and I thought it might be helpful to just tell you guys what I told him (feel free to disregard this post)
Classes at CHSP are hard. Like, the professor-rambles-on-for-2-hours-unintelligibly-hard. Or at least it easily feels that way, especially on groggy Saturday mornings. Most people in my classes so far (Particle Physics and Astrophysics, which I have heard are better than a lot of other classes people have taken) sleep through every class, or do homework during class and don't participate at all. On the other hand, some people pay attention too, and ask a lot of questions. My advice would be to take a class that you genuinely have an interest in, to sit at the front of the classroom so you don't feel tempted to sleep or do homework, and to ask lots of questions even if they *seem* stupid. Once you pay attention, the professors really do seem funny and enthusiastic about what they're teaching.
Anyway, I know a lot of you are genuinely interested in the science part of it. For other people, though, I hopefully give some helpful warning advice to not do CSHP purely just to put it on your college application, unless you are fine with wasting 2 (and maybe up to 4, if you take an hour to commute) hours every saturday morning. I'm sure there are lots of things you could be doing with your time that would also look just as great on your college apps.
Congrats once again to all who got in, and I look forward to seeing you guys next semester!!