- Class: Freshman
- Major: International Relations
- Gender: M
- High School: Randall High School
- Transfer Student: N
Tufts is a rising star when it comes to universities and our degrees will mean A LOT more as the years go by because Tufts is getting more and more renowned. When I first told people that I was going to Tufts, nobody had heard of it! I was always really embarrassed when people didn't know about Tufts when it had been one of the biggest decisions of my life up until that point. The situation is different though when you get in and around the Northeast. People know Tufts, and they highly respect it. If you want a diverse student body with an excellent administration (everyone LOVES our President Larry Bacow), a tight-knit community of students that isn't too small but not gargantuan, and a perfect distance from a truly fabulous city, then come to Tufts! It will deliver!
Academics are top-notch at Tufts. No matter what major, you are probably not going to have a light load of work, but Tufts is especially known for its international relations program, which carries with it many many stressful nights, but with a huge payoff. Its a grueling program but the international relations professors, along with most of the other professors, have huge connections outside of the Tufts bubble. Classes can either be fiercely intimate or quite spacious (my largest class has been around 150), but no matter what, professors are always available if you need help, and they WANT to get to know you. Every single one of my professors, with a very limited exception, have been extraordinarily helpful if you ever need advice, whether it be for their own class or even if you are thinking about career paths. Something that does annoy me about Tufts though is the distribution requirements that every student has to fill. Even if you are a drama major, you still have to take two math classes, and an assortment of other classes that include humanities, world civilization, english, and natural sciences. As much as it annoys me, Tufts is a school that stresses a liberal arts education, so you will leave the school having a more rounded education.
Tufts students are from EVERYWHERE and all have very unique and compelling stories. For instance within my group of friends, I am from Texas, I have a friend that grew up in Japan and then moved to California, I have two friends from Chicago, and a friend from Washington D.C. We are from all over the place! Tufts is also an extremely accepting an open campus. There are many LGBT students, and I have never experienced or seen any discrimination or hatred toward anyone. It is also a very racially and religiously diverse campus. There are countless events and clubs that integrate all of these students and spreads awareness about each culture. Another thing that you should expect if you come to Tufts, is everyone is very politically on top of things. No matter what major, engineering, political science, or philosophy, everyone has an opinion, and everyone wants their opinions heard. Tufts is a very politically active campus, and finding ways to get involved is incredibly easy.
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