|The Brown-I Cohort and Ms. Dara Norwood|
ics from the great interdisciplinary philosophy that Yale cherishes to even a question which asked about what Yale looks for and the very famous question of "Why I Chose Yale." This was a lighthearted reference to the YouTube video produced by Yale students themselves about why a particular informational session leader chose Yale by bursting into song as well as gallantly waltzing around campus showcasing elements of Yale life. If you haven't seen the video, the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk. The video was extremely helpful given its humourous nature as it helped me to formulate questions and to reinforce as well as to reconstruct particular inferences and conclusions on how I may be aligned, not so fond of, or somewhere in the middle about this Ivy League institution. For me, inquiries about certain specifics of the application process helped considerably as it helped me to have a better sense of what happens in the undergraduate admissions office.
|Gorgeous, isn't it? The countryside of RI and CT is just so pristine!|
The train ride at first was especially pleasant where we had the opportunity to be able to admire some of the gorgeous and quaint scenery of Rhode Island and Connecticut, with many woodsy areas with a frequent amount of inlets jetting out into the Atlantic Ocean. I also got a slice of the Acela Express where the proportion of first and business class cars to coach cars was much higher than expected; a quintessential view of witnessing commuters eating breakfast, using an enormous amount of electronic devices, communicating with others to schedule or confirm appointments or important business deals, as well as appearing competitively intense. The wi-fi was not functioning in an effective manner making some work that needed to be done for blogging as well as other educational and extracurricular matters to be quite difficult. The train conductors had an interesting way of announcing stops and checking boarding passes in a rather blunt but efficient manner. Unfortunately, this trend of efficiency did not ensue as our train back to Providence from New Haven was expected to be delayed for ten minutes but when the train rolled into Providence Station, the train was late by approximately 20 minutes from the scheduled time. At least it is much more precise than California's San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor routes.
The informational session provided a great insight to many aspects of the Yale experience through a wide range in the types of questions being asked (wished the parent to student question ratio was lower) as well as a detailed and a surprisingly not vague description on the criteria of how the resources of research coincides with the notion of a small to medium- sized institution holds to the quality of the teaching of professors who are eager to meet students who reach out to them ( or may even reach out to students via administrative encouragement) as well as the low faculty to student ratio is quite common at many private colleges nationide but what especially set Yale apart was a very balanced curriculum of mandatory classes needed for graduation as well as the laissez-faire atmosphere for taking classes outside of the core curriculum. I truly enjoyed the idea of the shopping period as I tried something very similar at Berkeley with much persistence. It worked out pretty well for the Summer Sessions program last summer but I was truly astounded to find the sheer amount of courses which are offered and how classes are very specific yet broad and theoretical enough to support a well-rounded education. The notion of how students are very eager to start new clubs and organizations despite the ingenuity behind the existing clubs on campus (which receive a great amount of funding) shows how Yalies have a can-do spirit by thinking outside the box as well as bringing a strong sense of social ties into the picture. I am particularly interested in social science and natural science/ engineering research and to hear the notion of how freshmen can easily obtain internships for research under renounced and dedicated professors shows how the undergraduates are being dealt with on a high priority and how the hierarchy of Bulldogs is less severe than a lot of public universities which tend to heavily use TA's and graduate students to teach the larger classes so that professors can be more immersed in research. That has its upsides but I believe that excelling and improving on both research and liberal arts is likely to produce a student with a more profound love and understanding of the subject matter as well as its interconnections with different disciplines or even non-academic scopes by providing a fresh new prospective weather it be problem-solving or that of debates on discourse. It was also interesting to see how there were so many questions on general extracurricular activities at Yale but I wished to see more specific questions showcasing the passions of students rather than a general question of for example, "What is theater like at Yale?" I also enjoyed how many students are involved with activities like intramural sports and how it aids complacency and social cohesion among Yale students despite the strong rivalry between residential colleges. That sounds fun but a bit overplayed but again, such an experience lasts a lifetime and hopefully for the better of memories!
|The scrumptious Southern French dish, Boullabaisse! Wish to try it in Marseilles in the future!|