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In appraising CMU, most students are appreciative of the fantastic education they’re receiving and the one-of-a-kind experience that the campus offers. At CMU, students have an unprecedented opportunity to explore their fields of study. Sometimes it’s hard for students to see all opportunities that Carnegie Mellon gives them. Students who are unhappy with their experience are often frustrated with the sub-par social situation or the massive amount of work.
No matter how fed up students get with the amount of work, the social scene, or the bad weather, students are often glad they came to CMU when they think about the unique experience the school has given them. The academic opportunities you will receive at CMU are astounding, and everyone on campus is truly dedicated to learning. Though the time spent at CMU may not fulfill some students' hopes of living a wild youth, the years spent at Carnegie Mellon can be just as exciting in some ways. It's different. And for people who don't want the same college experience as everyone else, it can be exciting.
Most people drink and a good number smoke weed but there's no pressure to do either. You can find ecstasy/coke/LSD but you'd have to search it out. Overall drug/alcohol-related pressure is very minimal.
The social scene here is boring but can be decent if you know the right people. There are usually a couple frat parties every Saturday but it's hard to get in unless you get on the list ahead of time, sometimes even for girls. Joining the right GLO will definitely make your social life better, go to rush and you'll know which ones are good vs. lame. Panther Hollow Inn is going to close, which was the only nearby bar, but you can bus to other ones.
The police aren't total douches here and are usually helpful. They really only bust parties/etc. if there's a complaint or someone gets hurt. Professors aren't very flexible with illnesses, etc.
Well about half this school is asian, many of whom actually grew up in Asia. A lot of indians, average amount of black people and seemingly few whites. This school is obnoxiously liberal and hostile to any opposing viewpoint. They're (rightfully) accepting of homosexuals, no one really talks about religion or economic background.
The food itself isn't that bad but there are limited options and it gets really old. Good places are the Exchange, City Grill and Take Comfort. "Gallo de Oro" sucks.
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