Current students answer the question "Why Tufts?"
As a woman interested in engineering, a supportive and welcoming community was something I really valued, and I saw that in Tufts. Although it's small, the school of engineering is full of encouraging and brilliant professors that want to see you succeed, as well as driven students that are always working on super cool projects.
I chose Tufts because of the outgoing and proactive student body. Oh, and obviously because we have an elephant as our mascot!
Growing up my family hosted many women from Spanish speaking countries and I got used to welcoming new people into our home. After high school I didn’t know what I wanted to study, but I knew for sure that I wanted to live with a host family in a Spanish speaking country. The Tufts 1+4 program allowed me to do exactly that while still committing to a school that I was very excited about.
When I was touring colleges, it seemed like every tour was the same, but my first tour of Tufts wasn’t. My tour guide went beyond the common tour topics to talk about the political consciousness on campus as evident by student protests occurring while I was there. After the tour, my guide was more than willing to further explain why the students were protesting and the events students would host to foster discussion on political topics. Once I came to Tufts, this trait of political consciousness continued throughout my time here. Whether it was having talks with international friends about their perceptions of the U.S. and their lives back home or finding student groups that discussed topics I was interested, I was thrilled to join the political conversations on campus that pushed me to learn more about the world, my own country, and my personal values.
You are constantly surrounded by people you can learn from. This along with the liberal arts curriculum has allowed me to explore new interests and pursue my future.
I chose Tufts for the amazing engineering reputation. As an engineer, the great accredited program was one of the main reasons I decided to come, but I also fell in love with the environment surrounding it. (The kind people and the wonderful campus also helped make my decision.)
Tufts was a school where I was allowed and encouraged to be socially involved with people outside of my engineering major. I have friends who are IR majors, philosophy majors, or even art students at the SMFA campus.
Making meaningful connections is inevitable at Tufts. I had the opportunity to meet an inspiring person at the beginning of the year and now you can find us watching ‘This is Us’ on Tuesday nights. My roommate, Sofia Rohana, and I are from different countries, backgrounds, and have varying interests, but our relationship is the kind of friendship that I wrote of in my first “Why Tufts?” response.
I chose Tufts because I felt, from the moment I set foot on campus, a spirit of collaboration over competition. Tufts students take their academics seriously, but they also take helping their peers and creating a positive learning environment very seriously. It was very apparent to me that students worked together, when it came to academics and extracurricular, and not against each other in any capacity. Furthermore, I appreciated how passionate every Tufts student was. Whether it was sports, engineering, social justice, or dance, every student i spoke to told me something that they loved and felt passionate about. It made me feel excited to be on a campus of people who so deeply cared about a range of topics and issues, and motivated me to pursue the things I was passionate about.
I chose Tufts because I knew I would find my place in this unique and welcoming community of collaborative learners and creative individuals. The warmth and love I feel here on campus every reaffirms that I have found my home here as a Jumbo!
As soon as I spotted St. Basil’s Cathedral on the cover of Tufts’s Jumbo magazine, I knew wanted to go to a college with a large respect for Russian culture and opportunity. Not only does Tufts have a wonderful Russian program, it has the greatest sense of Jewish community I’ve experienced on a campus. I was able to spend time in Tufts’ Hillel building before applying, and I felt a strong appreciation for the Jewish community at Tufts among students and staff. I got the impression that students at Tufts value cultural appreciation as much as their academics. The welcoming environment of Tufts made my college decision very easy.