Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:49:44Z
I wish we had a student center but the residential college system doesn't make that an option. Facilities are really great-couldn't ask for better. Beautiful libraries, many gyms, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:48:45Z
You Need Your Own Computer – Bring your own computer! It won't work otherwise-I don't know anyone that doesn't have their own computer. However the computer labs are really good and wireless access is excellent! Bringing a printer is recommended to avoid printing costs of 7 cents a page but not strictly necessary. Either way though don't print out online articles for your classes-you will waste a lot of money. Just read them on your computer.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:47:14Z
Drinking Is Much More Popular – There is a drug scene but I don't know much about it. Drinking is much more common and visible. There is never peer pressure to do drugs. I would guess pot is the most common, but I know people use hard drugs as well.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:46:18Z
Don't Have Much Experience but New Haven Housing Is Expensive – Connecticut in general has pretty expensive housing; you can find an apartment off campus, but I am guessing it would not be cheap. However, its cost would probably be lower than room and board cost!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:45:21Z
Health & Safety:
The murder of a Yale medical student earlier this year garnered nationwide attention. This has not been a good year for Yale safety-wise. However, campus is relatively safe-going off campus alone after dark carries the most risk. The minibus and security system will take you back if you head back alone from a far off party at night. Take advantage of them!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:41:24Z
I Don't Think Cars Are Allowed Here. However, the parking in New Haven in general is terrible! Arrive early during orientation week as a freshman to avoid this. New Haven has a ton of one-way streets and places you can't park.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:39:27Z
They Don't Care – Yale does nothing about underage drinking and drug use unless you get really sick. I don't wish for greater policing on campus. It's great that the administration gives students the freedom to do what they want. However, the fact that a student recently died from drinking and a drug overdose reveals the lack of compassion towards students. Administrators do not really look out for students-they turn a blind eye, leaving students in trouble from drinking or drug use to depend wholly on their friends, instead of on the administration.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T16:33:48Z
New Haven is not a particularly safe place. The driving is terrible and there is little to no interaction between students and New Haven residents-the divide between Yale areas of New Haven and other areas is startling. Most students I know stay within Yale and don't do much exploring of the area. I think people should do more exploring (though not at night) because there are a lot of interesting parks, restaurants, and community service organizations off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T04:11:18Z
Yale gives really good financial aid. That's why I'm here.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T04:06:53Z
Better Than People Say – People complain about the dining hall food. It's not gourmet, but the dining hall staff are incredibly nice and hard working and there are MANY options-you can always get a sandwich or salad, for example. Better than at other schools, I would guess.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T04:05:53Z
It's Great – New Haven actually has really good food. Go to a lot of restaurants while you're here. Lalibella, Tandoor, Scoozi's and Bangkok Gardens are some of the best.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T04:00:58Z
I love Yale. However, this is an intense place. It is a "work hard play hard" school. Teachers will not coddle you, and the college as a whole does not provide much emotional support. This is not a school where people will hold your hand. The keys to loving Yale for me have been fivefold in spite of this:
1) My friends. Friends can help make or break a college experience. Studying is all well and good, but at the end of the day, having wonderful people to be with makes any college experience great. I have loved the opportunity to meet and become close to people from all over the world; a lot of my friends are from very different backgrounds than me, but we have a lot in common. This is very refreshing.
2) The classes and educational opportunities. Yale has an astounding array of interesting classes. Shopping period, while sometimes horribly stressful, allows you to explore many classes. Take advantage of that. Yale also has many wonderful educational talks, Master's Teas, etc. If you love to learn, you can be learning new things every day, in interesting ways.
3) The financial aid. Yale gives EXCELLENT financial aid. Enough said.
4) The International Summer Award-Yale gives you money to go abroad one summer. Need I say more? I plan to go next summer.
5) The college experience in general-college is stimulating and challenging, and forces you to grow and become independent in dozens of unexpected ways, as cliche as it sounds. Yale is incredibly stimulating as well as being incredibly challenging, and as such it is an exciting place to spend your college years.
Finally, don't do all the reading. Learn to skim. It makes things much easier.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T03:53:03Z
No one comes to New Haven for the weather. I have lived in the New Haven area my whole life, and would like to move to a nicer climate upon graduation. New Haven is intermittently cold, but the cold is not the problem: the problem are the gray, cloudy skies, which show up with irritating regularity. Expect a lot of rain and many days that start off sunny and turn cloudy. There is also little to no horizon in New Haven. Also, when it snows, don't expect classes to be canceled. Weather gets better come mid-April and May, just when everyone is studying for finals.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T03:49:18Z
Middle of the Road – The Game is about the only sports game most students go to. Varsity athletes tend to hang out with each other; they are often not seen as as intelligent as the rest of the student body. Yale varsity sports are honestly not very good. Sports teams do host some parties in sports team houses, but this tends to further the association between athletes and partying that already exists. For example, people say you see a lot of athletes at Toad's.
A lot of students do go to the gym to exercise on a regular basis, and the gym has very nice facilities.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T02:35:54Z
You will learn to think.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T02:31:02Z
People here are so down-to-earth and friendly. I think the wonderful, diverse, happy, fun-loving crowd of students here really sets Yale apart from *other* similar schools.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-01T02:28:49Z
New Haven definitely has a gray season. It's a bit humid and rainy in the early fall, and cold in the winter. As the Northeast goes, though, it's pretty average. It's beautiful in the fall and summer!
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:32:46Z
The financial aid I received is THE only reason I'm here.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:32:17Z
It's New England – I'm from California. It snows here and gets cold. The worst is when the snow starts melting and then freezes into giant grey clumps along the sidewalk.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:32:01Z
Sometimes Wet and Cold – I'm from New England so it doesn't really bother me. But it rains a lot.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:31:08Z
No Car Necessary – You don't need a car at all.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:30:55Z
Boom Shakalaka – The residential colleges are great. Freshman housing is not as good but still nice. Rooms are big, common rooms are nice. And the people are awesome.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T22:02:40Z
The school computers are in general very slow. However, some of the libraries seem to be getting faster ones. Most students have their own so there are always free ones.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T21:06:33Z
What Strictness? Basically, we're free to do what we want. There are no restrictions on having overnight guests, and the authorities pretty much look the other way on underage drinking as long as it's in moderation and kept in suites. This does have the unintended effect of a ridiculously high rate of hospitalizations for binge drinking - but that's something individuals need to make better choices about.
Recent Alumnus 2009-11-30T21:03:22Z
Our Teams Are Pretty Good...But No One Cares – From what I read in the newspapers, we have some pretty good teams. Volleyball, soccer, sailing, hockey...all good. But I don't know of anyone who makes an effort to see games or keep up on statistics. We are really involved in IMs though. People are really into IM sports, more so than even major events like football games.
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