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Why Emory?

10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
edited November 2010 in Emory University
Why do you want to go to Emory?

I want to go because I love Atlanta and I love its campus.
edited November 2010
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Surely there are more reasons, but keep them on the hush lol. Many folks currently here will look at you like *** if you say that you actually wanted to come here in the first place as opposed to somewhere else in the top 25. You will at times wish you had applied to an Ivy so that you could join in on the complaining and thus fail to appreciate or care that this is an excellent school overall.

    Basically, never admit that you love Emory ;) . Not a popular opinion or fact of life amongst many here. So sad.

    ......Just being facetious, though it is somewhat true.

    Plus, apparently there is a lot of Vandy fervor going on here lately (lots of paraphernalia), and I don't quite understand it because the school identical academically, but has a football team and significantly less diversity (no offense, but the reverse occurs as many Vandy students hate us b/c we're too diverse), and is known for their pretty Caucasian women, which is irrelevant to me . Students here seem to worship it. I was excited however, to see their team beat 43-0 by UGA. And to bash Vandy, if I wanted their environment, I would have gone to UGA instead :) . The architecture is even similar (basically, Vandy has cliche architecture)
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  • icfireballicfireball 308 replies9 threads Member
    People need to get over the Ivy obsession -- it's unhealthy. There are plenty of non-Ivy schools, like Emory, that are excellent and arguably better than many of the Ivys.

    Really, a lot of it just comes down to marketing. Harvard, Yale, Princeton are household names. Why? In large part because they are so old and also because sports programs once dominated nationally (of course they're pretty much a joke for D1 now). Don't get me wrong, all of the Ivys excellent schools. But the brand "Ivy" is way overrated.

    I go to Emory and I'm very proud to say that I love it. One of the most rewarding parts about going to Emory is to see that Emory is constantly moving-- constantly improving, even in the year and a few months I've been here. I have no doubt that Emory will be even better the day I graduate than the day I arrived, and I'm not the only one that thinks this. Emory was ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as both a top-20 school and an "up-and-coming institution," define as schools "that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity, and facilities. These schools are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes."

    Most of the people who complain about Emory are just chasing an image.

    Emory has a lot of things going for it, some of which include, in no particular order:

    1. Beautiful campus including huge park
    2. Suburban location very near urban center
    3. Very high research activity
    4. CDC and resources
    5. Hospital on-campus
    6. Emory Healthcare is the largest healthcare provider in Georgia
    7. Strong greek life (not a state school, but nevertheless strong presence on campus)
    8. Very diverse (most diverse top 20 school both ethnically and religiously)
    9. Atlanta is a really fun city (4 pro sports teams, Little Five Points, Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia Dome, Georgia Aquarium, concerts, etc.)
    10. Decent party scene. Full disclosure: Emory's certainly no state school, but students have a lot of fun. It's not uncommon for people to be out on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Emory really cracked down hard in the mid 90s because Emory actually had a party school rep, so frat parties aren't what they use to be, but they're still a lot of fun.
    11. Always getting better. Emory's built 4 new dorms in the past 3 years. A new bookstore-- the largest bookstore on any college campus. A new psychology building. A new med school building.
    12. Great Student Programing Council (SPC) brings in huge artists like Sean Kingston, Kid Cudi, Third Eye Blind, Girl Talk, Super Mash Bros, Outkast, O.A.R, Ben Folds, OK Go, N.E.R.D, Matt Nathanson, Ludacris, Sister Hazel, John Legend, The Roots, Howie Day, Everclear, Lupe Fiasco, Common, and B.o.B. -- and all concerts are free for Emory students.
    13. Great pre-professional programs (pre-med, pre-business)
    14. Great liberal arts college curriculum
    15. Excellent teacher quality (teachers really care about their students, get to know them, and are really accessible)
    16. Small class sizes (I've never had a class with more than 60).
    17. Great student to faculty ratio (8:1)
    18. Great D3 sports - Emory is competitive nationally (Women's Swimming & Diving won the national championship last year; Volleyball the year before)
    19. Emory has the most Academic All-Americans of any DI, DII, or DIII school.
    20. Great president - JWag (James Wagner) is the man. Very accessible, and very well liked by students and faculty.
    21. Good weather for 10 months of the year.
    22. Dalai Lama (actually was lucky enough to meet him at a private breakfast during his visit this past week).
    23. Not as far from home as you think -- Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the largest in the world with over 90 million passengers each year and the most direct flights to any location. It's really easy to get a cheap, direct flight home. The airport is within a 2 hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population.

    There are a lot more reasons... feel free to add some.
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Ah man, you should add that T.I. actually showed to the concert today. That was so random/unexpected.

    I dare to venture that the way some people here act, they would have been very well off at an awesome public school, many of which probably deserve to be top 20s themselves. Point is, it's clear many people just ended up here b/c it's the only top 20 they got into. I'm just proposing that you need not go to one, or even a private school, to get an excellent education. Such students should have considered awesome places like UVA, Chapel Hill, and similar schools more seriously instead of coming here with preconceptions. No point in coming to a school you won't like, no matter the rank. That's a huge risk to take with your money and time.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    But wouldn't they be even unhappier in a public school? also, why exactly are they unhappy there? I mean, it's still a top 20... how exactly do they behave?
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    No, I don't think one should necessarily be happy at a top 20 if it did not have what they wanted and they knew it already. They should be happy to attend a good school that has what they are looking for. Top 20 shouldn't matter. Most, if not nearly all, schools in the top 50 are quite excellent. If an awesome public school had similar academics and the "school spirit" and sports scene they wanted, they should have attended there. Believe it or not, some of the public schools do indeed have more lay prestige than Emory and are extremely popular. Honestly, think about how many want to attend UVA over other top schools in the south. It's an excellent school. Many of my current friends who attend here would have gone had they been more generous with scholarship/fin. aid. However, many of these actually end up pretty happy here, despite some weaknesses.

    The true whiners are the ones that make uninformed comparisons and assumptions about peer institutions "superiority" to Emory. They look at their rank, and realize that the school has a football team, and assume it's not only a better school, but a "way" school. This even goes for Vandy and Rice, who we were tied with for quite a while until we dropped a particular application agency (thus lost applications). I've seen the work at these schools, and the academics are about the same, with some depts and classes being easier or harder (thus still averaging out to the same thing). I would even argue that many of our teaching staff and faculty might be better and not in the touchy, feely way either (like "really cares" for the students); I mean quality of lecture/insight and learning outcomes. This school has some absolutely amazing professors and lecturers, many who actually do research. But for some reason, the quality doesn't suffer (but in fairness, in many cases it does).
    The same could be said about Duke, as I have a friend there, that was supposedly in an accelerated bio course b/c he had AP credit for bio 1 (they thus wanted to do something special for his bio 2 sequence once he got there) there, but could not help me with bio 142 p-Sets I sent him. Duke is probably ranked extremely high due to its level research activity. Other than that, their classes outside of engineering will be similar to everyone's, they also have the same levels of grade inflation. Only a hand full of schools are known to be both very difficult in terms of rigor and grades given (Princeton, JHU, Cornell, MIT, and x-many public schools in the top 40-45 come to mind right now)

    To answer your question- Many value prestige, school-spirit and social scene over academic quality. This is probably an American thing, but you see less complaints about such things, at schools with very high academic prestige. Emory suffers b/c it isn't there yet. Not to mention, a person from an elite, wealthy or upper-middleclass family from the NE or mid-Atlantic was probably raised to matriculate at an Ivy or some top 10, so being at number 20, that they believe no one has heard about is probably humiliating to some extent. I'm tired of this perception as Emory receives almost as many applications (and sometimes more) as UGA and a good bit more than Georgia Tech for example. These are "public" schools with more than twice as many undergrad. students. The application numbers indicate that people managed to find out about us somehow, and apply despite how little spots we have compared to many public schools. We don't shouldn't need to have the same amount of apps. as other top 20s for people to realize that people have heard of the school. The amount at those is a resort of marketing. Many people wouldn't apply here because they are afraid of rejection, but now people apply to Ivies as a joke. Go figure.
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  • Beretta9mmBeretta9mm 573 replies26 threads Member
    I don't even know anymore. Not liking this place so far.

    Emory Class of 2014.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    ^ why not??
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Yeah, good question, why not? I had issues freshmen year too despite the number of friends I made and the early connections I established with staff members. I really don't know if it was Emory itself or just me. At one point, I actually thought of transferring, and I don't really understand why, because I was doing well in my coursework. Beretta, stay strong. Freshmen year is weird. I don't know what it is. You can be honest and admit that you aren't doing so well, many freshmen do not. Or it's understandable if you are having trouble getting used to the social scene, b/c Emory is a bit different in this area (freshmen blackout bothering you?). People not getting drunk enough at the parties? lol I make fun of this, because I hear people here say that the parties here are boring. I really don't see how that's possible. A person who says this generally loves parties that get "completely" out of hand, which I am not for. Any party where alcohol is the focal point, which is almost always the case, will get out of hand to some extent. Would be better for me if it were 50 dance/ 50 alcohol.
    Feel free to admit if you do perhaps over-value the things I mentioned last in my post. You did grow up in America so you probably can't help that, in which case Emory may not be a good fit for you. Best that you elaborate so that the OP has other opinions, unless it's really personal.

    However, whatever you do, do not throw out the: "It's not intellectual enough" card. Even I have gotten over this. Only a few schools left in the top 20 are known for intellectualism, and it is not really the Ivies. Most schools are pre-dominantly pre-professional and many Ivies have extremely competitive students. So unless, you are considering UChicago or a small LAC, I would not transfer to another top 20 looking for "intellectual". It's simply not a huge part of American higher education anymore.
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    It could be something simple for all we know, such as many of your profs. not being good. This happens. Do tell who they are though. If they are good, I would learn to appreciate it and perhaps try and make the social scene work out. It does over-time.

    I'm very sorry that you aren't enjoying it. Would be willing to help or make recommendations (2.5 years experience helps, trust me) if I knew what the issue (s) was. Unfortunately I can't change stuff like the party scene though.
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  • KleltsKlelts 82 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Was this just a clever way for the OP to answer the supplement?
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    LOL no.. i actually want to know why people chose Emory, because i'm still trying to decide whether or not it should be my first choice.
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  • tikiman53tikiman53 636 replies95 threads Junior Member
    ^^ LOL

    for my Emory supplement, I shall just post a link to this thread.
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  • CollegeSpecificCollegeSpecific 7 replies0 threads New Member
    If you're still trying to figure out how to respond to the "Why Emory" supplemental essay, make sure your answer is unique to you. Emory cares tremendously about what's called "demonstrated interest" - essentially you proving just how much you love their school. The more you show interest, the more likely they'll believe you'll attend if accepted. That's called "yield" (% accepted who choose to attend), and yield affects US News rankings. The "Why Emory" question is there for you to prove how interested you truly are. If you focus on location, they will not be convinced.

    Have you visited? If so, talk about your visit. What did you like specifically? Any professors? Any conversations with current students? The more specific you are, the better. If you haven't visited, take the time to research it online, focusing on what you want to study and how you might contribute to its campus life.

    By the way, this question is the most common supplemental essay question asked by colleges. It is extremely important - more than most students realize.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    I remember my tour guide mentioned a professor at Emory who discovered something recently... (and maybe won a prize for it) but i dont remember what it was for.. dammit.. but it was pretty awesome.. ahh does anyone know who im talking about?? or are there numerous professors at Emory who have achieved this? idk
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  • aluminum_boataluminum_boat 1496 replies43 threads Senior Member
    Probably the biggest thing is emtriva, which is a medicine that inhibits HIV from turning into AIDS. I'm pretty sure it was Liotta that did that. But other professors have done stuff too
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Yeah that's right alumninum. Jose Soria was on the team when it happened. But this is definitely one of the big discoveries here. It has become apparent to me that there are also several innovations in medicine (it's practice, surgical techniques, etc.) here. I'm sure our clout in this area will continue to proliferate given our strengthening ties with Tech. They probably mentioned the Liotta discovery as y'all passed by ugly old Atwood lol.
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  • 10817361081736 200 replies71 threads Junior Member
    That's so awesome!
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  • citylife873citylife873 130 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I'm a current Emory student. Here is my take. Emory is not really a city school. It's really in a suburb. It's hard to get anywhere in Atlanta using public transportation. This gets better after freshman year if you have a car. The campus is really nice and getting better. The type of kids who like Emory are usually very happy-go-lucky-types who want a collaborative environment. Over achievers and competitive kids tend not to like Emory. The academics are pretty good. The job placement isn't great. The administration is really awful in some respects (like getting on campus housing). The food is pretty bad. Another big problem is that even though it's a top 20 school, most people have never heard of it.
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  • bernie12bernie12 5436 replies10 threads Senior Member
    The food isn't that bad ( referencing DUC). It's the inconsistency in the quality that I find annoying. Though I wish there were more dining venues on campus. Emory is probably better than many institutions when it comes to food quality. I'm just spoiled from home cooking. I didn't come here expecting high-end restaurant quality food. All I know is that it is much closer to restaurant or home-cooked than anything I had at my public high school in Savannah, Ga. However, many here are from boarding school, private school, or excellent public schools where the food was probably solid, and may be spoiled by that. I think people over-exaggerate how bad the food is. I've eaten much worse college cafeteria food. Emory has room for improvement, but I much rather have this than some other places. As for popularity, that brings in problems with academics. As the school has become more popular, it may go out of it's way to please students, even if it involves watering down academic rigor or quality. If not, you get sort of a Tech affect where your school becomes known for tough rigor, and is not extremely prestigious, so the application numbers suffer b/c applicants simply avoid a school that hard that does not have the namebrand of say MIT, John's Hopkins, Harvard, etc.
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  • citylife873citylife873 130 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Why does more popularity mean less academic rigor? My complaint is that a lot of people I talk to have never heard of Emory unless their kids applied there or have friends who go there. People always ask if it's an airplane school. I think that it's a problem for a top 20 school if people haven't heard of it. It takes away from the prestige.
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