Why did you choose this school?
Columbia, being part of the Ivy League, has a huge network. The people you get to meet just by being part of this network are incredible. Columbia’s location in New York city is also an obvious plus. New York has all the famous restaurants you can think of, plus tons of museums and concert halls. Most of them even give discounts to Columbia students! But above all, I chose Columbia for its liberal arts education. Even as an engineering student, I am required to take arts/music humanities, contemporary civilization, and other core classes. It may sound super boring at first glance, but once you take it you’ll understand why it should be mandatory for every student. These classes really teach students how to read, write, think, and form opinions. Even though I am a CS major, these classes have been some of my favorite classes so far.
What is your favorite thing about your school?
As a first year student taking online classes, I can’t say I’ve experienced even the tip of student life at Columbia. But so far, I’d say the professors who teach the core are amazing. I’ve enjoyed almost every one of the core courses. They may be quite tough, but it is absolutely worth it.
What is the best memory studying at your college?
Again, I can’t say much with my limited experience, but what I do look forward to is exploring New York City, trying out its foods and taking advantage of its museums. (Columbia students have free access to all of them!!)
Do you think it’s worth it?
This depends on what you are giving up to attend this school and what you are seeking for. If you’re looking to work at the top of the finance industry, or you are a student who loves science/engineering and humanities, or you just love New York, it is absolutely worth it. However, if you want engineering and you only want engineering, then this may not be the best school for you.
Alice Chen, Columbia University ’24