Figured as much. Thanks.
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« on: April 08, 2006, 12:23:20 AM »
So, are all EA applicants back at "decision" at this point?
I wasn't as of 5:00 PM but am now...
Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UTexas Admitted Students Weekend Review (formerly the reading assignment thr« on: April 03, 2006, 07:02:20 PM »
Another review, from a New Yorker:
I liked Austin a lot and could definitely see myself living there for 3 years.
As far as UT goes, I was most impressed with its quality of academics, advocacy programs, and clinical programs. I really do think that they're better than at most 10-14 schools.
However, I left with the impression that UT isn't the best fit for me. One big concern was the student body and the social community. Literally everyone that I met was genuinely nice and friendly; it was the greatest concentration of nice and friendly people that Iíve experienced in my life. However, I found both the prospective and current students with whom I interacted to be sort of plain and uninteresting. Few people seemed hip or eclectic or offbeat in any way, from looks to personalities to interests. In short, I didnít meet anyone who I was interested in getting to know better. Furthermore, the social community seemed largely built around keggers, booze cruises, and bar reviews at typical college bars. While I enjoyed it for a couple years in college, Iím quite bored with that scene at this point and was put off by its prevalence.
Archival, I envy that fitting in is of little concern to you. Generally, it also would be of little concern to me. However, when combined with moving far away from family and friends, embarking upon a long distance relationship, getting used to being a student again, and getting over various aspects of culture shock, if you will, I'm not too eager to have to put in extra effort to make a handful of friends in greater Austin.
I had a couple of other meaningful concerns about UT as well. I'm interested in public service, and UT appeared to devote far fewer resources to public interest than its competitor schools. I was hoping that, despite the lack of LRAP, the school would have a more cohesive public interest community. Less importantly, I value school leadership, and I thought that Dean Goode was not a particularly good speaker and very underwhelming in his vision for the school. Of course, he is only an interim dean.
Anyway, those are some of my thoughts. Thanks for showing me a good time, Austin.
EDIT: For context, I'm only 22, despite not coming straight from undergrad.
« on: April 01, 2006, 05:42:18 PM »
So, who else went? Any reviews?
I'm particularly interested in what other out-of-staters thought.
I'll contribute my two cents when I have steady Internet access.
« on: March 28, 2006, 11:40:33 PM »
Just noticed this 10 minutes ago. Eww.
So, who else is heading down to Austin?
« on: March 17, 2006, 06:55:08 PM »
For those who have already visited schools, how insightful was attending a class?
I'll soon be attending my first admitted students weekend, and its organized program includes attending a mock class in lieu of attending an actual class. I'm quite disappointed, as I was looking forward to a class visit as a vehicle for observing student behavior and output in the classroom as opposed to a means of familiarizing myself with the structure of a typical class. Unfortunately, my trip halfway across the country will be short, and scheduling a class visit outside of the time frame of the organized program would take precious time away from exploring a new city.
Is it worth it? Was observing classroom dynamics an integral part of your visits? Are there enough other opportunities to gain meaningful impressions of the student body?
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:35:19 PM »
I plan to inquire into this myself but, if anyone already has, I assume that UT is not offering to cover travel expenses nor to host prospectives with current students? The online description is pretty vague.