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Really Interested in Applying to Emory, but a Bunch of Questions!

vnd1994vnd1994 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
edited August 2010 in Emory University
Hey,

So I was hoping that someone (a current student/someone who knows a lot about Emory) could answer the following questions for me? It'll be really helpful, because I want to apply here ED :)

1) How is the Film department at Emory? And the Theatre scene? Because I've heard it's pretty weak and I'm really interested in being a large part of Theatre when I go to college, so how is it? I also want to be a Film major with a focus in Pre-med. Is that possible btw??
2) The social scene. The parties? How are they? Are they often (like every weekend/popular ones on campus)? How is the social scene, apart from partying? Oh, and are Freshmen allowed to attend Frat parties? :)
3) Honestly, how diverse is the student body? I know 17% of the incoming class in international but really, how diverse is it?

If anyone can answer these question it'll be really helpful to me! Please help!
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Replies to: Really Interested in Applying to Emory, but a Bunch of Questions!

  • amadaniamadani Registered User Posts: 522 Member
    "1) How is the Film department at Emory? And the Theatre scene? Because I've heard it's pretty weak and I'm really interested in being a large part of Theatre when I go to college, so how is it? I also want to be a Film major with a focus in Pre-med. Is that possible btw??"

    - The film department is small but has some nice features. Overall it is more weighted towards theory and history of film and less so on production. That is not to say that it is bad (in fact, Emory won the campus movie fest contest last year YouTube - The Gerstein Report (Emory University 2010)) but it is not like USC in terms of focusing on production. Theres also a new film-business concentration with the b-school which looks promising.
    - You can do film and pre-med without much of a problem.
    - The theater scene is active. There is 'Theater Emory' in addition to many smaller groups to consider.

    "2) The social scene. The parties? How are they? Are they often (like every weekend/popular ones on campus)? How is the social scene, apart from partying? Oh, and are Freshmen allowed to attend Frat parties?"

    - The party scene is what you make of it. If you want a party, you can find one. The Frats are open to freshman after the first three weeks (rushing occurs in the Spring). Emory also provides alternatives to the Greek/Party scene each weekend with sponsored events on McDonough field and in the Atlanta area. I didn't go to frat row after freshman year because I had friends I'd rather be around at house/apt parties around and on campus.
    - There's also homecoming, Dooley's ball, Freshman semi-formal, and the Ridgewood block parties throughout the year.

    "3) Honestly, how diverse is the student body? I know 17% of the incoming class in international but really, how diverse is it?

    - Very diverse, both geographically and ethnically. The biggest populations come from the southeast, New York/Jersey, California, and Texas. There will always be people who stick around others who look like them but there is a lot of diversity and interaction (Korean internationals and some of the black community don't step outside their own groups as often). Fusion comes to my mind as a good example. It is an event that mixes different ethnic performance groups (Step teams, Persian dance, Indian dance, etc.) to create really interesting shows."
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    I refute the idea of blacks sticking together as much as Koreans (Especially internationals, but it seems the Korean Americans are just as guilty). We seem much more likely to venture outside of the norm and have a significant amount of friends of some other ethnicity. Though the "blackhole" in the DUC can be deceiving. Also, the fact that we are such a small population, but are very visible can also be construed as mere self-segregation, and to some degree it is but in reality, it is also partially because of the magnitude and visibility of the cultural events sponsored and hosted by the black students on campus. For example, the black frats./sororities have the "probates" (pledging ceremonies) which are quite intense and meant for public viewing. Same goes for things such as step shows.
  • vnd1994vnd1994 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Thanks amandani for answering the questions! And bernie2012 as well, for your insight :)

    I just have one last question, I've not taken up Chemistry HL in the IB (it's a board exam for 11th and 12th grade, very rigorous) but I've taken Theatre HL instead, and of course, I've taken Biology. So my question is, can I take up Chemistry again in college? For Pre-Med requirements? I took Chemistry in 9th and 10th grade and even 7th and 8th. So I've had quite a lot of experience in Chemistry. But I want to do Pre-Medicine for sure, also major in Film though, as I mentioned before.
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    Take orgo. as a freshmen, or use AP credit to opt. out of 141 and only do chem. 142. Do bio 142 and not 141.
  • vnd1994vnd1994 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Okay I didn't really understand what you said :P

    I don't do APs I do the IB, which I can credit for, but only for Biology, because I don't do Chemistry. So yeah, what do you mean by taking Orgo as a Freshmen? I wouldn't have done Chemistry in 2 years by then, can I still do it/manage? :S
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    Never mind. If you don't have credit for chem. 141, just take it (if Weaver and Morkin are teaching their experimental section if you come, take it as it'll be more stimulating given your background). Skip Biology 141 if you have credit and merely take 142 spring.
  • vnd1994vnd1994 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Thank you so much bernie2012! I really appreciate it, I assume that you're an Emory student. Can you tell me the things that you love about Emory? And some of the things that you don't like about it? And may be something you absolutely hate? Haha if you don't mind :)
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    Will send you PM later/tomorrow.
  • vnd1994vnd1994 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Thanks bernie2012! I await your PM :)
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