I know I’m an ED blogger, so I can’t offer the insight that current students can about choosing Tufts, but nonetheless, I was in a similar boat to all of you regular decision applicants just a few months earlier when I ultimately decided to apply to Tufts ED. So, on to the question: Why Tufts?
The Tufts Application asked you to answer this question in 100 words, a tough task. Maybe it was the small college feel nestled within a mid-sized university that drew you in. Maybe it was the proximity to the quintessential college city, Boston, that pulled you to Tufts. Maybe the Engineering school or the International Relations programs hooked you. Or maybe it was the music clubs, or perhaps the reputation of NESCAC athletics that made you want to apply. I could go on and on about the redeeming qualities of Tufts, but that would all be stuff that you could hear from anyone else. You all have probably been accepted to other impressive universities, attractive in their own right, and are looking for something to latch onto in a sea of infomercial-esque calls to attend college X or university Y.
In the college search, you have probably come across college rankings from the US World News and Report and have probably checked the forums on College Confidential. The reputation of a degree from whatever college you choose to attend will most likely be a big factor in your final college decision. Tufts is certainly a prestigious university, and I know that a Tufts degree will be something I’ll be proud of for many years, but what will outlast the notoriety of a school long after you leave college will be the experiences shared between the people you go to college with. I ultimately chose Tufts for the people.
My first time visiting the school, I scheduled to have lunch with a Tufts student, and before the lunch itself, another Tufts student approached me and struck up a conversation, a student who didn’t know me at all and who probably had plenty of work to do. This person noticed that I was new to the Tufts campus, and offered her time and wisdom to me, a wide-eyed junior just starting the college search, if only for a few moments. We just talked about our hometowns in Massachusetts and how Tufts had been for the student so far, nothing too serious, but it helped to ease my nerves and feel comfortable in a new place. It’s small moments like these, quick gestures of genuine kindness, that make a college a home. During my overnight visit to Tufts, I felt right at home, even though I didn’t know if I had been accepted yet. Students treated me like a Jumbo, engaging in discussions about archaeology in Egypt and Environmental Science while also unwinding and having fun. I could tell that everyone I encountered was incredibly smart and talented, but nobody took themselves too seriously, nobody was too uptight. An attitude cooperation seemed to trump competition from my sense, and I hadn’t even seen these kids in action in the classroom. It’s an atmosphere like this, friendly, welcoming, and inviting, that makes a university a community.
These small snapshots of Tufts made a lasting impression on me and I decided to throw my lot into Tufts. Many years after you cross the stage to get your degree, the friendships you make will be with you forever, and the people at Tufts won’t just be your friends, but your family too.