- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Journalism
- Gender: F
- High School: Desert Mountain High School
- Transfer Student: N
GW is not your typical college. We don't have rolling green hills, crazy pride with our sports teams or that we're all blonde or super smart. Yes we have our stereotypes, but you will seriously find every kind of student here from the ones with the long hair playing guitar on the quad, to the frat boys throwing around the football in front of the sorority houses to the kid who never seems to not be in a business suit. Its almost like living in the real world but not quite. We're not protected by some big gate - walk five blocks in either direction and you're in the city, but you still sometimes get a sense of the bubble. So you can really chose how to live your GW experience, either in the bubble or taking a step outside.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the academics at our school. The professors are great, all of them have had some kind of cool work experience. My econ professor would talk about calculating the Nation's Gross Domestic Product - and then he'd go do it that afternoon for the government! So many students get internships through their professors (I'm doing one this summer from one of my journalism professors) because all the professors have such great connections in DC. Discussion and participation in class is key - it usually counts for some kind of points even in my accounting class (the last place you'd expect participation to count). Class sizes are great too; I have had maybe four lecture size classes (greater than 70 students) but for the great majority I have 15 kids in every class.
GW is SUPER accepting of EVERYONE. Seeing boys, girls, dogs, walking down the street holding hands does not get a second glance. I thought I was accepting of everyone before I cam here, but now I'm best friends with people who are gay, super religious, super not religious, etc, and we all hang out. The one thing about students here is that everyone is super involved. If you don't have an internship and three clubs you are president of, you might feel out of place. Everyone does SOMETHING, and it isn't all necessarily politically related.
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