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We bitch, we moan, but there's a reason Northwestern is heralded as one of the best overall undergraduate experiences in America. Academics are stellar, but at the same time, students allow themselves to be students-once that 12-page paper is done, of course. At NU, you will be surprised at how much you learn-and how much of that learning is done outside of the classroom.
Northwestern students don't labor under any illusions that the school is perfect, but despite its shortcomings, most students admit that they wouldn't have had it any other way. Be prepared to be challenged by professors, peers, and your parents when you overcharge their credit cards. But, if you've made the grade, you're obviously able to put forth the extra effort that makes time at NU so worthwhile.
Greek life is a huge part of campus. Almost 50% of the school is Greek, but it's definitely not something to feel pressured into doing. A lot of the social life revolves around the Greek scene, but you don't need to be Greek to get into them, or be Greek to have a social life. There's definitely students who don't like Greek life, and those that love it. It's a great opportunity for leadership and networking, because a lot of the Greeks end up in public leadership positions on campus.
SESP requires you to do a practicum at some point during your junior year. Right now I'm at a high school, working in the college room preparing students for college, and helping them fill out FAFSAs and applications. I work monday through thursday for about 9 hours, and then have a 3 hour seminar on friday morning.
You apply to NU as a prospective SESP student. The school is kind of selective in that it only picks about 40 students per class, but by the end of senior year the graduating class is around 200 students. There's nothing special about applying to HDPS, just get into the school and you're in.
I love being in SESP it's honestly the best because the professors truly care about how you're doing and whether or not you're learning something. I was in WCAS before and it's so big that none of the professors knew my name. There's a focus on real life application within SESP that I wasn't able to get in WCAS, which is why I transferred.
There are some really good restaurants in downtown Evanston. They're pretty convenient to get to since we have a small campus, but it can feel like a long walk in the winter when it's cold. There are semi-dependable shuttle systems though. Some awesome restaurants include Flattop, Koi, Giordano's, and Tapas Barcelona. Most of the restaurants provide student discounts as well. They can be kind of pricey, but it's worth it when the dining hall is less-than-satisfactory or just flat out bad. The only problem would be if you eat out a lot, you could end up spending a lot of money. In addition, there are a whole bunch of really great restaurants in Chicago if you've got the time and the money.
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