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Students are enthusiastic about their love for Yale. Some even claim that they have never been happier in their lives. Although students often complain about their piles of work or their small dorm rooms, in the end, all these problems fade into the background of the overall picture. Instead, all they see are the gorgeous buildings, amazing classes, brilliant faculty, and endless lists of cool things to do.
When it comes down to it, however, students are in love with the people they have had the opportunity to meet. Students at Yale are smart, easy-going, dynamic, fun, interesting, and amazingly talented. When they get together, they have fascinating discussions and produce incredible work. At Yale, you have the opportunity to grow academically, as well as personally. Most Yalies agree that this personal development is the most important and rewarding part of their college experience.
Computing is generally fine, pretty much everyone is on the wifi all the time, which is very easy to get on. The student tech collaborative does repairs for free and is very competent. Computer labs are usually amply supplied, and printing works well enough. Oh, and we get 50 free GB of cloud storage.
Problems first. Sometimes the colleges are a little cramped, in terms of personal space. They can have a few too many doubles, there is enough kitchen capacity to go around, and I have seen the occasional mouse. Air conditioning would be a plus Oh, and then there's L-Dub. But really, the housing here is great. Most students live in suites, probably at least half the campus has a single, you know the building you live in all four years, every college has a dining hall, and every college has a basement with a snack bar, a game room, a gym, occasionally a darkroom or printing press, sometimes a theater, etc. Oh, and the architecture is stunning.
New Haven is a lovely small city. It has plenty to do in terms of local events, dining, museums, and other culture. There are a few problems. First, town-gown relations remain kind of strained, and that reduces the friendliness of some locals, the ease in arranging student discounts, and the like. Second, New Haven still suffers from the perception of danger, and some neighborhoods do have a lot of crime. While students are very safe on campus, this creates a bit of a psychological barrier to really exploring and enjoying what is a beautiful town.
People drink a lot here. I'm actually quite surprised, still. Marijuana also seems to be perhaps a bit too popular, and I think there would be a healthier environment on campus if that were not the case. Finally, there was far too much resistance to a recent attempted smoking ban. People do smoke far too many cigarettes, and that needs to stop.
Yale seems to be a very welcoming and accepting place. It seems to be the case that students of all backgrounds are welcome - certainly, there is a warm attitude towards people of pretty much sexual orientation. There could be better representation of people from rural areas or who aren't from Northeastern suburbs.
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