I'd like you to tell me about your personal experiences at YU or Stern, what you know of the University of Chicago, what your criteria for college is (was), which other colleges you were considering (if you went to either YU or Stern) and your major.
If you'd like, feel free to remain anonymous so I don't associate you with the college you're telling me about. In addition, I'll keep in mind that some of the material may be dated/ things may be different, due to the fact that many of you are adults.
Please place the following in order from 1-10. (1 being the most important, 10 the least) How do you rank (in terms of making your or a college decision) the following?
__ Economic/ Monetary concerns
__ Judaism (Jewish studies, population)
__ Social Life
__ Campus Facilities (dorms, beds, library)
Here is a list that I have compiled (you may not want to read this right off, because it might interfere with whatever it is you wanted to tell me):
|University of Chicago||Yeshiva University/ Stern Honors Program|
Judaic studies- none that would serve me, due to the fact that I myself am an advanced student comparatively
|Many Bible, Tanakh, Talmud classes|
|English program is superior|
English program is good, but not as excellent as that of U of C
|Dorm facilities are beautiful- I can have a single if I’d like; a double at most|
Four people in a room simply to start out with, and although I know one person I’d room with, I’m really more of a solitary creature
|I can study in my own room, type, use my laptop, go to bed whenever I like|
I must be considerate of other people. Also, the noise level is bound to be high, so I’ve heard from reliable sources that “staking out a classroom” is a better way to get homework done.
|Location is Chicago, and not the best neighborhood at that||Location is New York, home of the big and the brave|
|The students are very intellectual, motivated, passionate about their learning, exciting and easy to speak with.|
You can find your band of students, but on the whole the student body is united through religion rather than a shared desire to learn/ passion for learning.
|The social scene (in the sense of the Jewish community) is very small, but workable.|
The social scene is large and invigorating- there’s a good chance I’d like meeting new people with different types of Judaic thought.
There is a kosher deli and supposedly they are building a kosher kitchen (for what would be my Junior year) but other than that and the Hillel, I’m on my own.
|There are kosher cafeterias, restaurants; I don’t have to cook.|
I have to arrange taking tests due to my religious requirements (holiday restrictions)
|Holidays are given off, no tests|