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"That’s Why I Chose Yale" to premier on youtube

T26E4T26E4 23243 replies1031 threads Senior Member
edited April 2010 in Yale University
This notice was sent to me today:

Campus is buzzing about a new Admissions rock musical that was filmed throughout first semester. The musical was written, directed, and filmed by current students and recent alumni (including some of our own recently graduated admissions staff!). We think it is safe to say that there has never been another admissions presentation like it! We’re premiering this video tonight at the Whitney Humanities Center for the campus community in New Haven, but we wanted to let you know about this exciting event and fantastic film. The musical is called "That’s Why I Chose Yale."

The live premiere is scheduled for 7pm ET, but we’ll also make the musical available online at 7pm. Visit youtube to participate in the world premiere with the rest of Yale’s campus and your fellow alumni. "That’s Why I Chose Yale" will be featured content at that link.

Tonight’s premiere is not just a way to share this incredible new musical, it is also a celebration of the amazing campus collaboration that went into this production: hundreds of students turned out for big group scenes; libraries, museums, labs, and countless other facilities welcomed our film crews; and faculty, administrators, and staff willingly responded to casting calls. (Be sure to watch the credits all the way through to truly appreciate this campus-wide effort.) While we certainly intended for the content of this film to convey the spirit of Yale College, we’ve subsequently realized that the whole production process itself perhaps even better reflects the creativity, spirit of fun, collaborative nature, generosity, and remarkable potential of undergraduate life at Yale.

Today’s YDN http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/university-news/2010/01/15/new-admissions-video-premiers/ features a review of the film to preempt our 7pm premiere. Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the video musical, feel free to share it with the students you interview and others in your community.


Marcia L. Landesman

Associate Director of Admissions and

Director of the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) Program

Yale University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
edited April 2010
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  • theskylituptheskylitup 453 replies9 threads Member

    So VERY excited!!!!!!

    There's something about Yale that just makes me want to SQUEE with happiness. :D
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  • riverrunnerriverrunner 2663 replies52 threads Senior Member
    I will shamelessly admit that I'm a big fan of Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider, current Yale undergrads, who have produced some amazing stuff. Check youtube. According to today's Yale Daily News article, Sam is featured in the new video, and Kurt is a producer.
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  • DemiitasseDemiitasse 730 replies3 threads Member
    Wow, this is amazing! I'm really into theatre anddd I'm a really big fan of Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider too :] (And I'm really into Yale, lol)
    Marcia Landesman visited my school, she's my regional admissions officer ^^
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  • JunkerRikertJunkerRikert 139 replies34 threads Junior Member
  • StupefyStupefy 1738 replies133 threads Senior Member
    wow the guy who wrote this is our regional adcom!!
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  • DemiitasseDemiitasse 730 replies3 threads Member
    It's so happy and amazing and funny! What a great idea!
    Bet other colleges are jealous they didn't think of this :]
    I loove Yale.
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  • Seeme25Seeme25 207 replies94 threads Member
    Holy Crap!!! I saw my regional officer in that vid lol. I wonder if he still remembers me...
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  • tristan101tristan101 861 replies78 threads Member
    Wow, I could not imagine anyplace better.

    Makes me feel terrible that I have a miniscule chance of actually getting in...

    And I think I saw my regional adcom haha.
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  • motion12345motion12345 1492 replies92 threads Senior Member
    Stupefy...our regional adcom wrote it, produced it, and wrote the music for it and I must say, that was pure awesomeness.
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  • theskylituptheskylitup 453 replies9 threads Member
    Just watched it - BRILLIANT!!!
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  • arrrrrarrrrr 56 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Amazing. It gave me goosebumps so many times.
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  • treeamitreeami 48 replies7 threads Junior Member
    That is very persuasive, indeed.
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  • StupefyStupefy 1738 replies133 threads Senior Member
    one of the singers in the video (the brownish red-haired girl with the glasses in the dorm) looks EXACTLY like my best friend. its quite scary o.o
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  • RorystarRorystar 42 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @arrrrr Me, too! What an awesome musical video!
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  • QuantifierQuantifier 155 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I foresee a rise in applicant numbers next year... which is bad for me...
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  • jodesskyjodessky 54 replies37 threads Junior Member
    I agree. This thing is amusing, but it will probably increase app numbers next year, which sucks.
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  • dillbilly123dillbilly123 490 replies88 threads Member
    ohhhhhhhh now i really really want to go to yale!!! :D:D:D:D
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  • Starbuck11Starbuck11 82 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I'll be honest—I could not possibly be less interested in this kind of a thing. I'm sure Yale is the kind of place that really needs to boost its applicant numbers and yield ratios. I guess they can joke around about "why they chose Yale" but for what, 95% of people who would so wish, they can't choose Yale.

    That's not to say they shouldn't have made the video, of course. They can do what they want. I'm just saying.
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  • l337toastl337toast 202 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Wow, I'm an S SCEA admit and this has very easily made me jealous of Y.
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  • theskylituptheskylitup 453 replies9 threads Member
    I'll be honest—I could not possibly be less interested in this kind of a thing. I'm sure Yale is the kind of place that really needs to boost its applicant numbers and yield ratios.

    I'm nowhere near this cynical. And I think that viewing this cynically as a marketing ploy is missing the point. From the video itself:
    The project was an independent collaboration between Yale undergraduates and recent alumni working in the admissions office. All filming, editing, and vocal recording was done on Yale's campus exclusively by Yale students.

    This seems to really come from the heart, and a reflection of how much Yale students genuinely love their school. Even my dad (diehard Harvard fan) was really impressed by what this said about the school - its atmosphere of creativity, its involved and progressive administration...it simply seems like a place that has a real spirit and joie de vivre.
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