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Is Emory a party school?


Replies to: Is Emory a party school?

  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Dude, I suggest you get over this. This is a college campus that is not heavily affiliated with it's Christian identity (actually, that doesn't matter, even Notre Dame has a decent party scene I bet, so it's gonna be hard to find one without it) It's not like people party 7 days a week like at some of the state flagships. It's also not like you cannot make friends with people who do like to party. There will be other things you can do on the weekends. There are always people that are not partying. I honestly think you are being very closed-minded here. And all 3 of those schools will have a typical party scene, there is nothing abnormal about those schools. I befriended a girl from Tufts this summer who told me about the crazy stuff that can and does happen at Tufts. And with Hopkins, I'd imagine you're hoping for an environment that is so tough that no one has time to party. Why would you want that? And as tough as it is, I'm betting that there is a decent party scene there too. You're going to have to let this one go if you want to go to any college (unless it's basically like a 4-year boarding school that comes with a degree at the end). You're a little too concerned about this when you are asking us to compare our party scene directly with those of other institutions.

    I mean I hardly ever party, but I believe that there should be that scene. My life in college has not been adversely affected by those who decided to go to a club or party on the weekend (or Thursday), and it will not affect yours. Unless you truly believe that those who party are low-lives, you should let it go. If you do, you should maybe wait a year so that you can find the college that is all-work, no play almost.

    Do not apply to any top 20s if you are worried about them having a party scene!
  • icfireballicfireball Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    I echo what bernie said. All of the top 20 schools have a heavy party scene. In fact, Ivys are notorious for their party scene. Seen Animal House? That was based off Dartmouth.

    Although most students party, it's not that overwhelming because not everybody's out on the same night. Unless there's something big going on, I'd say there's less than 40% of the school out on any given night.
  • phaethphaeth Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    1/3 of the school does not go out. Since they do not go out, they are not seen. I am sure you can befriend these people at the library/computer lab/dorm. Of the 2/3 that do go out, many just choose 2-3 nights.

    On a more personal note, I'd recommend at least exploring the many different nightlife outlets before assuming that you want nothing to do with them. This is not HS. You may actually find that you enjoy sharing a beer with friends or going to a frat party once in a while.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    I personally hate almost all beers. This is normally how I decide to attend gatherings/parties. It must have some sort of liquor, mixed drinks, or even so called b**ch drinks. Then I attend. I don't care much about most frat parties here b/c I am biased toward black frats and sororities. Different culture and not completely drink and "make sure you black or brown out" centric. Actually other than clubs (where there is a lot of dancing on top of the alcohol), the scene is very similar to party scenes amongst high school students from what I observe. The different themes make it more interesting though (though I personally do not consider attending if the party has a questionable theme. Like one my freshmen year, was called a "white-trash" party. I just don't understand it, and I sadly found it hilarious that many attended. The outfits were rediculous too). This year, there was a "white" party. Let's just say that the pre-dominant demographic composition along with the attire made it live up to the theme really well. Admittedly, socially neutral themes, such as toga parties, and some of the more clever/nerdy themed parties are fun to me, and I willingly attend.

    Phaeth: If that person had experience with the party/drinking scene in high school and disliked it, they probably won't like it here. I would really only encourage those with no experience (yet choose to criticize) to perhaps actually try it. If they already have experience and find it disagreeable, no point in suggesting that they change their mind. It simply isn't for them. Just b/c it's college, doesn't mean an experience-based opinion/perception should change. Besides let's be honest, like other colleges, many people here were party-animals before they came in. And like most teenagers, they drank before coming here too. If anything, these behaviors become more excessive (not necessarily a bad thing, but just saying it does happen). Seems most people forget that these scenes existed amongst high-school students.

    I merely believe that the person should not choose a college based on such parameters. It will nearly diminish their options. They may also end up at an institution with strict policies on conduct, but relatively low academic quality. This is also a fallacy in many peoples' though; the idea that high-quality academics correspond to students with "better" conduct. This thought fails in so many ways. One being that many students at top schools are upper middleclass/ wealthy and were allowed to do whatever they wanted prior to coming here, and currently have enormous allowances from parents/guardians that usually go unregulated. Does one really expect "good" conduct from such students?

    Many such schools would be more like serious party schools if the courses were less rigorous however. We would essentially be somewhere like UGA minus the college town.
  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty Registered User Posts: 2,430 Senior Member
    @bernie2012: i agree with everything you said.

    @OP/1081736: It would be a stupid reason to not attend a school because it's social or has parties to offer. You can always choose to be 'anti-social' elsewhere...because i mean at almost any school you should be able to find your own niche and people that are likeminded.
  • 10817361081736 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    Whoa, that's not what I meant. I understand that I could find my own niche anywhere I go, but the idea is that my environment will affect me. For example, I've attended 2 high schools in my life. The first one, I was able to fit in right away, I loved my environment because me and my friends were not the ONLY people (or the vast minority [if that makes sense]) who partied all the time and thought they were cool and were haughty because they drink. I did not feel disconnected with the people around me and was comfortable around them. However, this is not the case in my new school. 90% of the school is the party like people, rich and extremely pretentious, and i'm sick of it. I attend class everyday and they think they're superior than me, which makes me uncomfortable. There are less people to connect with and that I felt comfortable around. Less people that I had things in common with. I have 2 friends in my new school and i still don't feel content with my school, even though I do go out on weekends to do non-partying stuff.

    Thus, i understand that there are anti-social and non-partying people, but the idea that more than 50% of the people are the rich pretentious partying type. I don't want to feel like how i feel in my school.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    The lives of others will affect you less in college, trust me. The environment is much larger for one, and there are many more events hosted on a college campus that function as alternatives to parties (cultural and intellectual events). Plus, despite differences in income here, the academic superiority complexes hardly exist. The environment is very collaborative. In many/most cases, your fellow classmates are very supportive if you request help/ attempt to make friends with them. The spoiled factor here is high, but the snob factor is relatively low (I don't think the two go hand in hand, because snobbery suggests obnoxious displays of how spoiled one is. One can be spoiled without having everyone know it). There is no point in being a snob if most of your classmates/peers are of similar academic caliber and income. Medium-sized/large colleges levels playing fields in certain respect. Also, the fact that this isn't some Ivy, Stanford, or MIT lessens the snob-factor. The fact that students here do not attend or were not admitted into such institutions keeps the ego in check. I suppose the complaining might be considered snobbery, but that is much better than people wandering around with their noses in the air.

    The fact that college requires a greater deal of independence is itself indicative of the fact that it should be harder for others to directly affect your attitude.

    Also, these niches you speak of are much larger than the high school counterparts. And in Emory's case, the diversity will help you a lot.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,917 Senior Member
    Welcome to college. This is true of nearly every college including the very elite.
    This is what people at big party schools always say. It is not what people say at schools that aren't big party schools. Go ask the same question on the Rice or Chicago forums and see what they say.
  • 10817361081736 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    Go ask the same question on the Rice or Chicago forums and see what they say.
    yeah... which is why i'm really attracted to Rice now! :/
  • aluminum_boataluminum_boat Registered User Posts: 1,539 Senior Member
    Okay. Peace out.
  • 10817361081736 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    Also, these niches you speak of are much larger than the high school counterparts. And in Emory's case, the diversity will help you a lot.
    what do you mean that they're much larger? Do you mean that they're still there- but consist of more people? Or do you mean that there are more niches (quantity)?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Both actually. They are a great deal larger in number, and their are indeed more (especially at Emory and many liberal arts based institutions). The student body is a lot more heterogeneous here for example. And I'm willing to claim that many groups/niches at such colleges that would be (or were) marginalized at a high school, go nearly untouched here. For one, the campus is relatively left-leaning, for two, no one really cares. There is so much to do on a college campus, that there is little time to devote to the social engineering you see at the high school level (where perhaps some niches are bullied or pressured to conform by others). This is what a stereotypical college environment is known for. It's a 4 year period in which stereotypical socialization patterns are less valued. A person considered a nerd or loser in high school may easily become well-respected on a college campus ( this may come to the dismay of a very popular high school student or jock that may remain somewhat narrow-minded upon entrance into college. For such people, Emory or many top 20s are not for them). Whereas those popular in high-school that maintain the same pattern of behavior may be seen as obnoxious in many cases. Again, a more level playing field is established, especially at more liberal colleges and universities (which nearly constitute the majority now-a-days). There is also the fact that high-schools are often homogeneous and strongly influenced by its surroundings and the ideology/values of adults living in the area (if the area is full of snobbish/elitist adults, what type of atmosphere do you expect at the area's high school? If a high school is amidst a community in a rural area known as a hotbed of racial bigotry. What do you expect at that high school?). Many colleges (especially private colleges) are what many consider bubbles and are to various extents insulated from such things. Emory can be considered very insulated from the perceived culture of "old money" in the Druid Hills community or most places that would even be considered southern for that matter.

    Hunt: That's unfair. Everyone knows that Emory isn't a big party school (most of the party-animals here even complain that it isn't sufficient compared to our peers) . To generalize in that manner is ridiculous. That statement is representative of a "person" who parties a lot. This is similar to a person who drinks a lot that assumes that everyone else does too, when in reality it is not the case.

    While Rice and UChicago students may give more sophisticated answers, it is foolish to believe that those at either party less because of that. Rice has a football team on its side. D-1 schools are known for more vibrant party scenes, than say a D-3 school like WashU or Emory, no matter how intellectual the student body is. I would expect UChicago to have less merely because it may be a bit more rigorous and harsh-grading than most of us in the top 20 as it runs on more of a liberal arts model.
  • 10817361081736 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    Many colleges (especially private colleges) are what many consider bubbles and are to various extents insulated from such things. Emory can be considered very insulated from the perceived culture of "old money" in the Druid Hills community or most places that would even be considered southern for that matter.
    so Emory has the "old money Druid Hills" bubble? Can you expand on that? I'm not sure what that means.. I'm an international student
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,917 Senior Member
    While Rice and UChicago students may give more sophisticated answers, it is foolish to believe that those at either party less because of that.
    I don't know about Chicago, but my suspicion would be that people party more at Emory than at Rice because of the strength of the Greek scene at Emory. That generally (but not always) translates into more partying, at least into more heavy drinking.

    Also, I just have to say that I've read a lot of threads about this relating to a lot of colleges, and I really have noticed that response (people party everywhere) when a poster wants to downplay the party atmosphere at his school.
  • bookmobilebookmobile Registered User Posts: 262 Junior Member
    For what it's worth: I attended a large university that had a significant Greek population and big-time Div. I sports. My experience was that you could find someone to party with -- or, someone to study with -- any night of the week. I was not a big partier (though I did enjoy going to games) and did not go Greek. But I never had trouble finding like-minded people to hang out with, esp. friends I made in my dorm. I can't speak for Emory, but I suspect that's one of the benefits of any sizeable school -- something and someone for everyone.
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