« on: April 01, 2010, 01:19:20 AM »
So I went to one of UChicago's day in the life programs for admitted students. Note: DO NOT STAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE. I thought it would be convenient, since it's right on campus, but it was awful. I went with my boyfriend and it was $80 for a tiny room with a double bed plus $7 for internet. There was only one girl's shower and one toilet for two floors, which meant you had to wait in line to use the single shower. When we first got there, they sent us to a dirty room and we had to wait a while before they found us another one. The front desk people seemed pretty incompetent.
Anyway, I guess I shouldn't hold that against the law school. I found both the classes I went to pretty interesting and dynamic, but I wasn't really impressed by the student hosts or the panel discussions. My student host, instead of answering any questions about the law school, made us go to this talk after we'd just been to two lectures. She kept insisting that it would be a really great talk, but when we got there, she spent the entire time on her laptop and didn't pay attention to any of it. The other student she was leading around played around on her iphone the whole time. In fact, my boyfriend was the only one paying attention and he isn't even going to law school. Afterwards, she talked for about fifteen minutes about the law school, and then said she had to get to class. One of the things she emphasized was how her extracurriculars organized many speakers and how so many people at UChicago attend speakers, unlike at NYU, where students are out having fun. She said how some people came to the speakers just for the free food but they were generally looked down upon for not being fully engaged in the lecture, which was funny to me because she didn't pay any attention either.
Basically, it just seemed like a pretty boring place. I find myself wanting NYU so badly even though UChicago's better at academia. I love everything about NYU and I just wonder if I'm going to regret my choice.
Anyone going through similar decision anxiety? Anyone have a good experience during their UChicago visit?