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Regretting ED...

justacknowledgejustacknowledge Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
edited March 2013 in Emory University
Acceptance into Emory should've been the happiest moment in my life, however, all to honestly, all these negative opinions about Emory has really made me feel like I have made a wrong decision. To be honest, I am a subpar applicant and I know my admission would be slim if I had not applied ED. I was an incredible fan or Emory my sophomore and junior year. I also visited Emory in the summer and I really enjoyed my visit. Maybe, I am regretting that it is in Atlanta. I am from NYC and when I was met with Atlanta, I didn't quite like the quietness. But, I choose Emory for its education and service to humanity. However, I must admit, I did read these post on Emory before however, before I was persistent. Not to mention, the financial burden I would have to leave my parents. I don't know. Just a small vent. Is anyone feeling the same? Or can someone help me rejuvenate the feelings I had for Emory in the past. I do know this is all my fault and I am willing to embrace it. However, I just need some support?
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Replies to: Regretting ED...

  • esimpnoxinesimpnoxin Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    I'll have to admit that some of the threads here made me hesitant to apply EDII, but at the end of the day, I don't regret it. Emory has great academics (though I wish the econ department were stronger), a beautiful campus that is also close to a large city, great weather, and a social scene that isn't dominated by sports and/or Greek life.

    If you're feeling regrets about applying ED, they may have been caused to an extent by people's comments on CC, which, for all we know, may not be an accurate representation of the school. Remember that people who take the time to write reviews online are usually those with either strongly positive or strongly negative opinions. The average happiness of Emory students is probably different from what you see around here. NYC is a hard act to beat in terms of size, but Atlanta has plenty to see as well, so I would recommend that you approach the Emory setting with an open mind - who knows, you may come to really enjoy it.
  • justacknowledgejustacknowledge Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Thank you so much for your response. I sincerely respect it. :)
  • ignis123ignis123 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    That's only small number of school-bashers who are extremely active, making you believe the school is worthless at all. They might be doing the same whatever colleges they attended.
    More people held positive about emory and they just do not bother to make a claim online.
  • goodthinggoodthing Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    For whatever reason, the people commenting in the Emory threads on CC complain. Some are not even current students. YET, the 6 current students I personally know, absolutely LOVE Emory----the academics, the social life, the professors, the students, the dorms, Clairmont, Atlanta........They are 6 students (2 guys, 4 girls
    from various cities across the country) and each and every one have told me it is the best decision they could have made! They are a combination of Freshmen and Upperclassmen, and I believe the Senior is as enthusiastic about Emory as the Freshman. Emory accepts a large portion of the Freshman class through ED. That means you will be with many others who chose Emory as their top choice school. They will come with a positive attitude and outlook towards Emory. Perhaps the other half of the class will have kids who got rejected by their dream school and will always feel Emory isn't good enough for whatever reasons, but that will happen at any of Emory's peer schools. IMO.
  • jlee98jlee98 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    I am so excited to go to emory...
    but the only thing i regret is the financial burden i'm placing on my parents.
    Not really affordable for my family but hopefully all is well.
    It'll be fun. Think positive!
  • justacknowledgejustacknowledge Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    thank you guys so much for the support! to know, that i can gain support from my future classmates even through this small thread makes me feel wonderful to imagine the support i will gain in the next four years at emory :)!
  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,638 Senior Member
    The best advice I can give you is come in with an open mind. Emory University offers so many opportunities for intellectual, social, and professional stimulation that listing half of them would be virtually impossible. It's up to you to take advantage of them.

    Just one anecdote; today I had to go to the Atlanta campus for an Alternate Spring Break meeting (btw, you should do this and Alternate Fall Break), and after ate dinner with a girl on my trip. We'd never met, but ended up having a twenty minute conversation about rural versus urban politics. The idea that very few Emory students are intellectual is absurd. Are they UChicago or Reed level? No. But do most students have a high degree of intellectual curiosity? Absolutely. While the Emory does have its share of problems (what school doesn't?), many of them are extremely minor compared to other institutions.

    No US city can compare to NYC, but Atlanta offers plenty of opportunities, and is in fact, the fastest growing metropolitan area in the US. My boyfriend, who prior to coming to Oxford, lived in a city of 10 million has no problems with Atlanta's offerings, though he does sometimes bemoan the lack of good public transit. Fortunately, at Oxford, and presumably the Atlanta campus, clubs, particularly ethnic/ religious ones, will get vans to drive to various restaurants, events, and other things. I've gone on a few of these excursions with at least one other friend, and had a great time every time.

    The other posters have it right. The people that post here, particularly those who joined after they started college, are not representative of the larger Emory community (myself included). Most of my friends think I'm a bit nuts when I sheepishly tell them that I still post on College Confidential. So again, come in with an open mind, and join lots of organizations.
  • esimpnoxinesimpnoxin Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member

    "Join lots of organizations"

    Oh yeah. You should check out the list of 349 clubs and student organizations; they've got tons of stuff.
  • rpg1rpg1 - Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Saw your post and felt compelled to add just a few comments. I am a parent of a 2012 Emory Graduate. I am also on faculty. First, my son LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Emory. Second, there seems to be a bit of 'buyer's remorse' in your comments. Understandable after hearing negative things. No one wants to hear that the new car they just bought has some problems according to your neighbor or you could have gotten another one cheaper. Just human nature. It takes the shine off one's decision.
    The financial issue is a real one but you applied ED and that comes with the territory. You are going to have to figure it out with your parents.
    My best suggestion to get the 'shine back on your ED decision' is to visit Emory during the spring. Do it when school is in session, stay with a friend, go to a few classes and experience Atlanta spring weather when NYC is still cold and gray. If that doesn't get you in a better mood, I don't know what will.
    It will all work out. Emory is a great place and, while I agree that there is no place like NYC, you will come to appreciate aspects of Atlanta living that I guarantee you will miss when you leave. But mostly it will be about the people you meet. I am sure you will find friends at Emory. My son has built friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • trex792trex792 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    The president of the University admits that Emory is prioritizing financial aid over educational programs. How long can this continue?

    "He also said that the University is experiencing financial urgency due to a significant increase in financial aid, but will continue to offer need blind financial aid in order to attract the best possible incoming class."

    Wagner Hosts ?Chit Chat? : The Emory Wheel
  • moimer123moimer123 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    trex, why do you hate emory so much? I've seen your posts on multiple emory threads now and they're all pretty negative.
  • esimpnoxinesimpnoxin Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    Yeah trex; there are people at every college who have bad experiences, but going around and bashing Emory all over this forum could ruin people's opinions of the place even before they go there.
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