Choosing to apply to Tufts wasn’t a difficult decision for me. I loved the campus, I loved Davis Square, Boston is my favorite city (go Celts!), I liked the idea of distribution requirements versus rigid course requirements, the atmosphere seemed inviting, the abundance of majors excited me, and most importantly, I couldn't see myself at any other school. Falling in love with a school and then getting accepted through Early Decision is the ideal scenario for any high school senior. The flipside of that, however, was not knowing if a school could live up to the ridiculously high expectations I had set for it. One month into my second year at Tufts, I can assure you that this school has somehow exceeded all of the expectations that I had. At Tufts, you essentially have two off-campus city-esque nightlife areas: Boston and Davis Square. Proximity to Boston was a huge reason why I picked Tufts, but what I didn’t expect was just how lively Davis is! Some of my favorite memories have been thrifting with friends, grabbing brunch at Mr. Crepe, getting Boba with the people on my floor, and hopping on the shuttle alone in the middle of the week and exploring. And when I'm looking to venture a little further, the city of Boston is just a few miles away!
A running joke at Tufts is how the admissions team likes to use “intellectually playful” to describe the student body. Every single conversation I’ve had here reinforces that term. A nice contrast from high school is that everyone takes different courses, gets involved in different student organizations, and has vastly different life experiences. As corny as it sounds, Tufts is a melting pot of ideas, stories, and people. I’ve talked about the “sophomore slump” with someone who sang on both of Chance the Rapper's albums, spoken to art students about why men should paint their nails, debated the concept of existence on Prez Lawn, and lingered in my residence hall's common room until 5:00 a.m. with people I had met that same day comparing our religious upbringings and how that's developed our own unique worldviews. And I could keep going... but you get the point.
At Tufts, I'm surrounded by the most kind, inspiring, intelligent people that I've ever had the privilege of meeting. I've met my best friends at this school - I've found my people. Through friendships, passing conversations, and study sessions with acquaintances, I've been pushed to learn. I've grown in ways I didn't know I could, and I've expanded my worldview beyond its previously small horizon. That's why I chose Tufts, and that's why I continue to choose Tufts every day. My expectations were astronomically high, and my experience here has shown that they were high for a reason. Tufts is everything that it promises to be and more.
Photo: Alonso Nichols, Tufts University