It’s your last day to decide: Why should you pick Columbia?
Dear 2015 Accepted Applicants,
First off, congratulations! Not only are most of you in the final weeks of senior year, but you are about to finalize the most important decision of your life—college. I’m sure you’ve all been accepted into some pretty great schools, and choosing between them is hard. I hope you realize how lucky you are that you get to make this choice, and I hope you realize how much luckier you are that you get to choose Columbia.
You will never find another school quite like Columbia. What truly sets us apart from other school is our students. Our student body is a spectrum of students who range from Olympic athletes to signed musicians to published researchers and everything in between. No matter who you are, dear accepted applicant, no matter what you like or don’t like, you will find your niche at Columbia.
The reason I chose Columbia was the Core. Now, you’ve probably heard some mixed stuff about our academic program. Some people love it, some people hate it. Really, Columbia’s Core Curriculum is what you make of it. The reason why I love the Core is that it will open you up to a whole new world of thought and culture you may never have realized before. Sure a lot of the books you’ll read are by old dead white guys, and the science requirement is annoying, but reading St. Augustine and learning about the mind and brain gave me the foundation to explore other things I was more interested in. It has allowed me to understand the cultural progression of today’s art, music, literature and so much more. Don’t think of the Core as the final cap to your education but rather as a springboard to explore so many other possibilities.
Despite what some people may say, the Columbia community is alive and well. At Columbia, you will be nestled in your own little part of the city. Sure, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd and fall through the cracks, but that’s true for any large and urban school. With just a little bit of effort, and by joining campus organizations or subscribing to CU Arts, you will find that there is always something happening on campus. And if nothing on campus tickles your fancy, well, we’ve got this place called New York City you’d probably be interested in checking out.
So here it is. My appeal to all you accepted students to come to Columbia. We’re not a perfect school, but we’re a great one. And we would all love to have you.
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