That’s Why I Chose Yale

…and that’s why this is such an important decision because it is one that will follow you now, and into the future. And that concludes another
traditional Yale information session. There will be a guided tour
beginning in fifteen minutes. In the meantime, I’d be happy to answer
any questions you may have. Yes, um… When was Yale founded? Great question. Yale was founded in 1701. Oh, um yes, you? Is it true that all Yale professors teach? Another great question. It is true that every tenured Professor in Yale college
teaches undergraduates, so even a freshman might be taking a class from a
Nobel Prize winner. Any more questions? Yeah, I have a question. Why did you choose Yale? When I was a senior in high school, colleges called out my name. Every day I’d debate where to matriculate but every place seemed the same. Yet after I went through the options, only one choice remained. I wanted to hail from a college called Yale. Now let me explain… It’s a place where you’ll learn quintessential knowledge, and you can live in a Residential College, and you can put your hearts into all the liberal arts. And that’s why I chose Yale. Of course, you’ll get a first-rate education, but also thrive on classmates’ conversation. Here is where we thread Shakespeare Studies and Pre-Med. and that’s why I chose Yale. One of the reasons I chose Yale was for its housing system. Before students arrive as freshmen, they’re randomly assigned to one of twelve smaller communities called Residential Colleges. These colleges have nothing to do with academic
subjects or extracurricular activities. But rest assured, they’re quite a bit more than just living spaces. Excuse me? Yeah admissions officer? Tell us a bit more about Residential Colleges. Sure thing. Students here at Yale come from everywhere around – with every type of interest that can possibly be found. Do our passions divide us? No, our colleges provide us with family and common ground. For all four years we’ll all reside together in colleges, united by pride. With such great facilities to hone your abilities, you’ll never want to go outside. Every college has a dining hall with a salad bar and grill and organic options for every meal. I’m going to eat my fill. Each one has a common room, which we could not live without – to study or to meet in groups or simply to hang out. And when the dining halls are closed
there’s butteries for snacks. And if you need a study break, there’s game rooms to relax. I can get to my college library without stepping foot outside. And just right down the hallway, my clothes are washed and dried. I work out in my college gym, a mere two floors below. Then I meet my friends for rehearsal in the dance studio. There are tons of music practice rooms
where I can hone my skills
We even have a movie theater
This one always gives me chills! We don’t have normal dorms at Yale. Instead, we live in suites. So you may have a roommate. We have matching sheets! Outside there’s a common room,
so come and stay awhile.
There’s space for couches and TV’s
or a lava lamp if that’s your style. At the head of every college is a Master and a Dean. They live with us and eat with us and everything between. Am I taking the right class? Will these credits suffice? I’ve got the flu. Need a pass. Can I get some advice?
What’s a good summer program? This fellowship is nice. Thank goodness that we have our Dean. A Master brings us all together as our senior prof. hosting study breaks and lectures for when we need time off. Who’d like to see a Broadway show? I’ll gladly subsidize. Let’s host another concert – I’ll proudly harmonize. There’s free food in the evening
for all of you to share,
and a Master’s Tea tomorrow too.
I hope to see you there.
Master’s Tea’s are a chance to see all your favorite celebrities. Hear their stories and ask advice. …which is why I had to interview him twice. Residential Colleges, come give a cheer. A place to call our home for all four years. A sense of unity, immense community Our friendships will prevail.
That’s why I chose Yale. But when you do step outside your Residential College, who knows what you might run into. But mostly, I chose Yale for its superb academic opportunities. I came to Yale because I wanted to learn and I wanted to learn from the best. I was tired of memorizing figures and facts just to pass another test.
Last year I spent the summer abroad,
I helped to monitor a foreign election.
And now I volunteer at a law school clinic
on human rights protection. I want to be an architect someday – I want to help save a city that’s dying. That’s why I needed a school that would push me to see
that my coursework has a grounding in reality.
Now I grasp the bigger picture –
my perspective has a different scale.
That’s why I chose Yale.
I came to Yale from across the world,
because I wanted a global education.
Now I’m bringing clean water to the countries that need it
through the H20 Africa Foundation.
I’m taking a class called Philosophy of Art, to see where truth and beauty connect. What is the concept of art, and why should we care? Where do Plato and Picasso intersect? I study real world problems that need to be solved, because the climate is changing fast. I’m working on a project I designed myself for submission to a conference on the Polar Ice Shelf. With the faculty’s help, I know that I won’t fail. That’s why I chose Yale. How do I know which class to take? There’s over 2000 here. More than 50 foreign languages. It’s only our freshman year. Well, as your freshman counselor, I was chosen by the Dean. I’m a senior in this college, and I know just what you mean. The first two weeks of classes, take any course you choose. Then you pick your favorites – there’s no way you can lose. And when it’s time to study for that intensive course, and you’re looking for the perfect resource, Yale’s libraries have got what you need – dozens of collections sure to help you succeed. Within this mountain of books, between these walls you’ll find music and film, ancient maps and all. You’ll want for nothing – someone clearly thought of every detail. Do you mind? This is a library. …sorry. That’s why I chose Yale. Everyone here is on a similar mission where great classes and professors are a campus tradition. The students are able and the classes are small, so go audition all your courses in the lecture hall. Come on people, time to hit the ignition in science or in chemistry or as a musician. Meet your professors over coffee or dinner – with their help you’re sure to be an academic winner We’re housed in suites in our residential colleges. There’s no debating it, everyone acknowledges – we’ve got it made with a Master and a Dean, and a freshman counselor to show us the scene. Residential Colleges give spirit and unity To every single person in the Yale community We eat there and we study and we joke and relax and go to masters teas and study breaks for nighttime snacks. That’s why we chose Yale! All right then… “Cats” was better.

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