Today we realized that the Boston Red Line towards Alewife and then transferring to the Commuter Train would be the fastest way to Brandeis. The university actually has its own train stop so any other course of action would've been more expensive and not as practical. Unfortunately we just missed the 11:44 AM Commuter Train and due to construction the next one wasn't due to arrive until 1:25 PM. This seemed to work to our advantage in this case though, as we were all fairly hungry and we were surrounded by good restaurants. In fact, the stop from which we were taking the Commuter Train was only a stop past the Harvard Station so I think that we actually crossed into Cambridge at one point.
|Chicken Pesto Pizza|
The train came shortly after we arrived and we were at Brandeis within 20 minutes of boarding. Brandeis was only a short walk up from the train station so we arrived at the Ruth & Carl J. Shapiro Center with plenty of time to spare. They had a bunch of handouts describing in detail all their different programs so I took a bunch in certain majors that I had the slightest interest such as Business, Econonomics, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Studies. As with the other schools we were able to have a private meeting with an admissions officer. Marina Offner wasn't the AO from our region but that didn't matter at all as she was very informative and gave us the full history of Brandeis as well as what their main focus was as a Liberal Arts University AND a research institute. She also answered any and all questions that we threw at her with a certain distinction and poise, if I might add, that was very inviting. We spoke with Ms. Offner for about an hour until the campus tour was set to start at 3 and then we set off for that.
|Arnold, Dennis, Brandon, and Jing|
The Prehealth major is also very interesting as the study abroad program plays a large role in this major as well. One doesn't have to study abroad while on this track but it is offered, which is very unique as most students who get Premed degrees at other colleges are just simply to busy to be able to study abroad, yet Brandeis goes out of its way to make sure that students are able to have this opportunity. In fact most of these study abroad programs in the Prehealth track result in international internship opportunities which gives much needed experience for this difficult field.
|The Brandeis Castle|
Some of these things are not exclusive only to Brandeis but when they are all put together they are what really separates Brandeis from the other top colleges and universities in the US. I mentioned last night that I wasn't expecting much but I thought that I would be surprised and I definitely was. I don't think that I would have ever even thought about applying to any of these colleges but I feel like once I get back home I'm going to have a hard decision about which schools I'm able to apply to and which one's I just don't have room for.
|Sign Outside of Menton|
|The All Things Green|
|Chilled Main Lobster w/ Mint Snow Pea Puree|
|Salmon w/ Clams and Baby Squid|
|Quail w/ Escargot|
|The Magnificent Cheese Cart|