Most students absolutely love Columbia. They discovered the school that filled their academic, social, and professional needs. Since Columbia is so selective, most people who attend are thrilled to be here and would never wish to be anywhere else.
Columbia has the potential to give any student what they are looking for-be it prestige, socialization, culture, or a degree from one of the finest schools in the world. The city is not for the weak-hearted. Those who need hand-holding may not find that kind of support here, but then again, they might, if they look in the right place. It takes time to find and access the things you want and need (and often students discover fulfillment in things they never thought they'd like before like exploring the city late at night or finding joy in Medieval Italian Literature), but if you're willing to work a little bit and leave a little up to chance, you may get more out of college than most of your high school friends who went to smaller, less diverse schools with fewer opportunities. Sure, there are some disappointments, but on the whole, there is no place like Columbia in the city of New York-a place where you can not only get an Ivy League education, but also enjoy everything that the most exciting city in the world has to offer.