fleececoncrete asked: Do I want to get a dorm or an apartment off campus for my first year?
At Columbia/in NYC? Definitely a dorm. NY is mad expensive. You have to during your first year at Columbia, anyway.
As far as other schools, it really depends. I would recommend getting a dorm (unless it’s outrageously more expensive than an apartment) anyway, no matter what school — you’re more likely to run into people in a similar boat as you (first year in college, without parents, etc.) and it’ll be easier to make friends (and those awkward “dude, I just saw your dick/butt/girlfriend’s breasts” college stories).
However, I have friends at state schools in really, really small towns (ie. Florida State University, University of Florida) where it is inexpensive to get an apartment and always more fun (you can throw more house parties without the RAs stopping by — but then, you have the cops to deal with. And bills. And house maintenance. ANd aaah)
Anonymous asked: This is probably a stupid question. Do you think an average student has any chance at all of getting into an Ivy?
Anonymous asked: How large a workload do you have at barnard?
Depends on the class and the major. Right now, I’m a little overrun. As a generalization, students here tend to have this masochistic need to take on more than they can chew. It’s decidedly very unhealthy and potentially toxic, and yet we can’t seem to stop.
This is a cry for help.
Anonymous asked: Congrats about Columbia! It happens to be my dream school, at the moment of course. Did you go in having connections, and if not, do you think connections help? Thank you!
Connections through the admittance office? Nah, I did come in to talk to the secretary, but I didn’t feel the need to slip her a $20 or anything.
But, connections on campus? Yeah, I have three friends a year above me who attend. When I came to visit, I mentioned they showed me the campus in my application, and that it was probably a way better tour than I could have imagined. I think mentioning their names (their actual names) might have helped swing admission in my favor.
Anonymous asked: Incorrect. Columbia has limited need-based aid for internationals. "Though Columbia is not need-blind in its admission of international / non-domestic students, if you are admitted as a first year student, then we will meet 100% of your demonstrated financial need."
False. Maybe it’s changed in the recent years, but all of my international friends are on no financial aid from Columbia. If they did, they had to secure through merit.
Anonymous asked: As an international student,do you know how I can won financial aid at Columbia University?
Merit. It’s all based on your talent and experience in high school, unfortunately.
Anonymous asked: How to list the lectures I enjoyed most in the past year in the Columbia writing supplement if they are from online open courses?
I mean… that might seem a bit obsessive. But if you did enjoy some of the courses listed online (and actually watched ALL of them) — by all means, list ‘em!