COLLEGE REVEAL! Decision Day 2019 | UChicago, Duke, UCs, Northwestern, CWRU | CollegeWithCath

COLLEGE REVEAL! Decision Day 2019 | UChicago, Duke, UCs, Northwestern, CWRU | CollegeWithCath

August 27, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey guys! It’s May 1, and it’s decision day! For those of you who don’t know, May 1 is
the deadline to commit to ONE college that has accepted you so that you can secure your place in the upcoming class. It also has the tradition of being the date
when students announce where they’re going to college. Actually, I’m not really sure about this,
but since last year my Instagram feed was filled with my American friends announcing where they’re going, I thought that I’d do the same thing today! I’m gonna tell you guys where I’m going to
college for the class of 2023. I’m going to… reveal it at the end of this video, so stay tuned! Okay, sorry. Anyway, if you haven’t watched my previous
video, be sure to check that out first, it’s a prequel to this one, and you’ll see where I was accepted, waitlisted, and rejected. The link is up here. Please note that I’m not trying to brag or
anything. I’m just letting you know what my process
was like so you can have a guide or something like that. So I was accepted at seven schools. In alphabetical order, those are
Case Western Reserve, Duke, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UChicago, and UCLA. Now, in my previous video, I mentioned that
Case Western Reserve and UC Davis were kinda like my safety schools. At any rate, I knew I wasn’t going there if
I was accepted somewhere else. So they were out of my list really early. This brings me down to five colleges. All of these colleges are really great colleges. To tell the truth, I seriously did not expect
to be accepted at any of these places, so I’m really thankful for that. Anyway, since they are all really amazing,
but I could only go to one, I really had to pick,
and so I trimmed my list down with location in mind. Northwestern and UChicago are both located
in Illinois. Northwestern is in Evanston, which is kind
of like the Chicago suburbs, while UChicago is, of course, in Chicago. Now the Chicago area is known to be really,
really freezing cold. So I figured that if I was already in that
cold area, I’d prefer to go to UChicago over Northwestern. This is just my personal preference, it has
nothing to do against Northwestern. Northwestern is in Evanston, so it’s kinda
like a mix between an urban and rural area, so it’s not really urban,
while UChicago is more urban. And I prefer big cities. Also, in terms of education, UChicago has
a GREAT economics department. And I feel that it would be such a waste if
I went to Chicago but I didn’t go there. The same thing for UC Berkeley and UCLA. Note that I do not have anything against these
two colleges, they are the top two public schools in the
US. Going by location again, well actually California
is really hard to beat. It has amazing weather. But Northern and Southern are very different. UC Berkeley is in Northern California, UCLA
is in Southern California. I’d rather go to NorCal over SoCal. You can call me crazy, but hear me out for
a while. As far as I can figure out,
SoCal is a place where people are really social, and they go to beaches a lot and drink boba
a lot. Well, to be honest, I’m not that kind of person,
and I don’t think I can thrive in UCLA’s environment. So this elimination process brings me down
to three schools: Duke, UC Berkeley, and UChicago. But before I reveal where I am going,
please drop a like on this video, it means a lot to me. And also please subscribe. I’m going to post college life, college tips,
everything college on this channel. Okay. So for real this time, I am going to… The University of Chicago! Now I’ll give you guys a brief introduction
to UChicago. Not to be confused with the University of
Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago is a private research
university, unlike UIC (which is public). It has the fourth most Nobel prize winners
(the picture is gone for some reason) and has a lot of Nobel prize winners in physics
and economics. Thus the economics department is really amazing. Its motto is crescat scientia, vita excolatur,
which means: let knowledge grow from more to more, and so be human life enriched. Its school colors are maroon and white,
and its mascot is Phil the Phoenix. Now I have several reasons why I picked UChicago
over UC Berkeley and Duke. UChicago is a much smaller university than
UC Berkeley, so there is easier access to professors and
teaching assistants, and they really know you. This is not the case for UC Berkeley. Especially in the College of Letters and Sciences,
where I was admitted. Classes are really big, there are a lot of
students, so you don’t really get that much interaction
with professors, and I feel that this was a big drawback for
me. Also, UC Berkeley has really weird housing,
in my opinion. It gives you housing when you are a freshman,
but then it kinda kicks you out after that. UChicago, on the other hand, guarantees four-year
housing if you want, and I want that because I feel on-campus housing
is much easier. Now, for Duke University, this was actually
a really tough choice to make. Duke has amazing academics, internships, job
prospects, all that kind of stuff it is amazing, it’s top-notch, it’s known as the Ivy of the
South after all. But the only thing that threw me off was the
social life. From what I’ve read, Duke places a lot of
emphasis on Greek Life and basketball. For the record, I am an international student
coming from Indonesia. So going to an American college was already
a very big change, especially to a place like Duke, which has
that much emphasis on social life and parties like that. I really think that it would be too big of
a cultural shock to me. Now, UChicago has very major cons. I’ll be the first to admit that. It’s located in Chicago, which is a con in
itself, Chicago can get really really cold in the
winters, and the area in Chicago is not the safest. But I thought that these problems are the
ones that I could actually cope with. For the cold problem, kind of a big problem,
but I figured I could just wear a lot of layers, like seven maybe,
(I’ll look like a snowman but whatever) so that I could face the cold. And also for the safety issue,
I personally think that it’s not that big of an issue,
the UChicago Police Department is really amazing, as UChicago actually hires the Illinois Police
Department to work in UChicago. So they really take care of your safety. And also there are emergency buttons located
every ten meters within the university. Besides, I grew up in Medan, Indonesia,
which is a very dangerous city, robberies happen here all the time. I’m pretty sure that I kinda know how to keep
myself safe. So the main reason I chose UChicago, I mentioned
this actually twice earlier, was because of its amazing economics department. It’s noted as one of the best, no, maybe THE
best econ department in the US. My intended major is econ with specialization
in data science, and this really fits UChicago. So a bit of disclaimer, since I was waitlisted
at Columbia, I’m still waiting for their decision. To be frank, if I get into Columbia, I’ll
probably go there, but the reason is not because it’s Ivy League,
but rather because it is in New York City. And I’m pretty sure that winters there aren’t
as cold as winters in Chicago. But for now, I’m really happy with my choice. UChicago Class of 2023! So this is the end of my video, please leave
your thoughts in the comments below, whether you thought I made the right decision,
Also please recommend me some winter clothing brands, I’m gonna really need them. This is Cath, signing off for now. I’ll see you next time. Bye bye!