I finally got to get up later today. It was a really nice feeling that I had spare time to arrange my messy luggage and did not have to rush to be prepared. We had Starbucks for breakfast today, which was my first time experience, and I liked it.
Today, we rode Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) instead of AMTRAK to South Station. There were several differences between them two: there were no tables at the back of the seats, the tickets looked different, the seats were three-people seats, and they didn't offer round way tickets. But, they were both really comfortable. South Station was not our final destination; we still had to change two more trains: red-line of the subway and the Acton Line. Rushing from station to station with different transportation systems,we had to be careful that we did not take the wrong train or head the wrong way. The subway surprised me because the seats were really small and crowded, and all the seats only aligned in front of windows, which was really different from BART.
We missed the the train at eleven forty, so we had to wait for almost two hours for the next one. We used our waiting period to try some cheese and chicken pesto pizza, which was simply delicious. The base was crispy and the meat, cheese and sauce were amazing..
We were finally on the train with the destination of Brandeis. It was short train ride, which I did not expect to be that short. When I saw the first Brandeis University building in front of me after I got off the train, my first thought was, "hmm...that's really different from other schools that I visited." But when I further walked in the hill, I could gradually see the shape of the campus; there were nicely planted trees and plants, and modern architectures, which were different from the traditional and European style architectures at Yale or Dartmouth. There were also modern art pieces or artwork placed around the campus that decorated the campus with beauty and creativity.
Beside the founding story, the castle story made me laugh. This castle was built by a rich guy who wanted a castle at Scotland, but the owner of the castle was not willing to give him the castle itself nor the blueprint, so he hired many top architects to build the castle by looking from the outside. The result was that there were many "special" shaped rooms in the castle, which made it the most distinctive building in the campus.
Time for academics! Brandeis University is a liberal arts plus research universities. All the classes are taught by top processors even in freshmen classes, and these top professors are required to have office hours. In addition, the most impressive fact about their admission process is that they have three choices for applicants on their tests scores; in other words, SAT/ACT scores are not required. Applicants can give them either SAT subjects test scores and AP scores on different subjects or turn in an analytic essay. Another thing about their application is that in the personal statements, they don't want a certain type if student; they want their students as diverse as possible.
If one is accepted to the school, one is required to follow the distribution system, which requires all students to take classes from all fields, so that one can discover what is his/her real interests. Besides academics, students here are really involved in community service activities that the biggest club in the school is about community service.
In order to understand more about this campus, we followed Denis and Katie on the campus tour. Denis is an uprising junior who double majors in theater and English, and Katie is an uprising sophomore who double majors and neuroscience and biology and is on the pre-health track. The tour was not boring at all because Denis introduced the campus with such a dramatic and enthusiastic tone. The most memorable part of the campus was the three chapels. They three are chapels of different religions, and their shadows never covered one another, which symbolized the equality that exists in all people from all backgrounds. Also, we got to visit their sample dorm room, which was simple and neat. They told us many interesting stories regarding their lives at Brandeis including that they could give recipes and their chiefs at dining halls and tell them to cook them, and this activity called twenty-four- hour okay, which all participants have only twenty four hours to prepare for the performance. The bright sun shined directly on my arms throughout the tour, but I did not feel tired because it was really interesting. These introductions to the school had completely reversed my first impression on this school; I am now impressed by the school.
|Night Time at Boston|
I can't believe that tomorrow will already be the last day of our tour and our Brown session will soon begin. We are going to visit Harvard and MIT tomorrow traveling with the same route as today. I am glad that we can get up late tomorrow, or I will definitely be a panda with really dark black eyes, and that will not be good. Nevertheless, today definitely was worth being tired for.