The most common question college students get asked is "why (insert college)?"
How can this four-year experience be boiled down into a single sentence? It’s a difficult feat but one that has become easier over time. I’ve been at Tufts for 3 years now and my ‘why Tufts’ hasn’t changed since when I first stepped foot on campus in 2020.
Alright, so... why Tufts?
What initially drew me to Tufts were the people. I feel like that’s a common cliché but one that rings true for me. Most students and faculty here are genuinely some of the kindest and most down-to-earth people. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’ll see your fair share of the complete opposite of that but for the most part, everyone here is friendly. I appreciate the friendliness that is spread across this campus and the passion that everyone has for their intellectual and personal
pursuits. It’s all about compassion over competition. I greatly appreciate how most people will lift you instead of breaking you down.
In addition to the people that have made Tufts the best place for me are also the resources like the Division for Student Diversity and Inclusion. The FIRST Resource Center, Africana Center, and Women’s Center have been crucial to my ability to find comfortable and safe spaces on campus. Before applying to universities, I did not think about how deeply I’d value the diversity initiatives at each institution. Please make sure to look into diversity efforts if that’s something of interest to you. It can make the college transition easier. Next time you’re asked "why (insert college here)?" as a prospective student, reflect on what matters most to you, and see how each college or university pushes along this interest or passion.