I remember recently my dad told me he thought UD was of good value. I know that my parents are pleased with the education that I am receiving here at Delaware. I know that they’re happy that I’m happy and discovering what I’m passionate about. It’s a pretty well known fact that college is expensive and it’s frustrating to me that because of the price tag college isn’t an option for everyone, which makes me always remember how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to be at such an amazing university like UD. So, what’s the value in college? Is it worth it? Do I feel like this university is doing everything it can to make me succeed? These are all good questions.
One aspect of UD that I do appreciate is all of the recent renovations happening on campus. I like that I will be able to utilize new buildings, resources, and amenities that my tuition helps to pay for. The new Bob Carpenter Sport’s Building, freshman residence halls, and renovations in Perkins Student Center make me feel as though the money being put into the school is being used to make our lives here as students a better place. After all, we do live here 8 months out of the year.
Not only do I enjoy the new facilities but I also appreciate all of the opportunities I have received here Delaware that I don’t think I could have found anywhere else. I’ve been so lucky and been able to get involved in the Admissions office where I’ve met amazing UD staff and students and been able to actually work and make a difference by being a blogger, application manager, and a tour guide. I’ve also met my amazing friends, especially my roommates, who are not only my support system, but my sisters, who I don’t think I could live without. Most importantly, my educational experience has been so rewarding. I have learned more than I ever imagined I could in these two short years about topics more than art history including anthropology, wildlife conservation, geography, psychology, and French. I’ve learned interview skills, improved my public speaking, learned how to cook, do weekly grocery shopping with an allotted budget, and balanced my social life with studying. These may seem like small things, but I’ve grown so much as a person since I moved away from home two years ago, I’m so proud of myself. I really do feel like a well-rounded student and that’s all thanks to UD.
I guess what I am trying to say is, yes, I do think that UD is of good value. I think the facilities are nice, the campus is clean, professors have student’s best interest in mind, the Wi-Fi really does work all over campus, and most importantly, the students here are happy. Everyone has such varying perspectives on what “value” is and what the price for it should look like, so, check out some of my fellow blogger’s thoughts on the value of college: http://udadmissions.tumblr.com/
Also, check out the University of Delaware’s “Finance my Degree” page: http://www.udel.edu/admissions/finance/
Any questions are always welcomed!
Congratulations to the University of Delaware class of 2017! I know that acceptances went out this week and I can only imagine how excited many prospective students are. It is your time now, as the student, to start making some decisions!
What made me make my decision? What do I like best about my university? I’m here to tell you! I’ve picked three aspects of the University of Delaware that I think make it amazing, fun, beautiful, and one of a kind.
1. Main Street—Main Street is awesome. It has restaurants, bars, boutiques, coffeehouses, a post office, a pharmacy, a bowling alley, a dollar store (college student necessity), and the UD bookstore. The fact the main street is integrated with our university and easily accessible the student just makes the experience here that much better. You can find anything you may need here, which allows an amazing outlet to campus if you ever find yourself needing one. I didn’t want to feel “stuck” on campus. Main Street allows me to never feel that way.
2. Size—This may have been my number one reason for applying/coming to UD. It feels as though UD is one of the only mid-sized institutions around. With 16,000 undergrads you feel part of a large, influential, growing, and powerful community. Yet simultaneously, you will receive individualized attention, have small class sizes, and be able to walk everywhere on campus.
3. School Spirit—If you ever come and walk around campus, the amount of Blue and Gold you’ll see will bring a smile to your face. Everyone is wearing Delaware tee shirts, sweatpants, jackets, and hats. Students love it here, and for good reason! School spirit is important. You want to be in a positive environment, one where the students have pride for their school!
If anyone reading this has any questions, comments, or concerns about UD please do not hesitate to ask! Go Blue Hens!
One thing any college student will agree on is that finding the perfect public study niche is a necessity. I always carry my laptop and study materials so I can be productive during those pesky two hour gaps between classes. I’ll give you my top three…
1. The chapel! This is my best kept secret. The chapel is attached to Trabant near the multi purpose room and is truley beautiful. I love going in there because it’s quiet, peaceful, and calming. I stole this picture from my roommate that she took while studying in there this week.
2. If you think the chapel is a little to serious for you then walk 2 minutes downstairs and head to the New Student Lounge, which in my humble opinion is the best addition to campus for students this year. The best thing about this place is they have “Get Charged” outlets on the walls where you can charge your cell phone while studying! The NSL is a more social place that was made for students to relax, watch TV, and socialize.
3. If you’re on main street and looking for a place to study before a test my favorite place to go is Barnes & Noble! They have a Starbucks for a much needed iced coffee and the environment is so nice and clean.
Happy studying Blue Hens! :)
I have been waiting a while to write this blog but I still cannot believe the end is here. I have come to love Delaware more than I ever expected to, it has really become a new home to me. Although I won’t miss the lack of air-conditioning, the public bathrooms, and the $2.25 charge for laundry, I will miss the people I have met and forever remember the memories I made.
I feel so completely proud that I moved almost 800 miles away from home and started my new life here at UD. I have met the most amazing people, conquered larger course loads than I could have ever imagined, and learned countless life lessons about friendship and growing pains. Although this is a bittersweet moment absolutely, this just marks the beginning of my amazing college journey (which is luckily all going to be documented through this blog!). I have loved blogging through the moments of happiness, confusion, and stress and look forward to doing so throughout my college career.
For now, I will be heading back to the Windy City for the summer where I will be enjoying the summer also taking a trip to Ireland! I can’t wait to see UD again in August!
Being from Illinois, I feel as though I get questioned a lot about why I came to Delaware. Why Delaware? Why did you come here? Why would you move 800 miles away from home? Honestly, I get a little annoyed of being asked this all the time, but now I feel like I finally have the platform to answer it.
I knew that I didn’t want to stay close to home. My sister went far away to school and loved it so it made me feel like I could go far away and succeed too. I think I always wanted to go to school on the East coast, it was just a matter of where. I knew I needed some things in a college, it was just a matter of finding them. I wanted a medium sized school, which just doesn’t exist in the Midwest. Also, I wanted my college to be bigger than my large high school, yet didn’t feel so large that I was lost within it. I wanted there to be access to stores, shops, malls, restaurants, and “outside life” besides the campus life! I wanted to be close to some major cities, be around kids like me, live on a pretty campus, get a good education, and go to a fun school with a good reputation.
Luckily, I found Delaware, and I got in! I honestly didn’t think I would, but when I got my acceptance letter I knew I would come here. I think I decided to come here finally because of how beautiful the campus is how happy the kids looked here all wearing their yellow and blue, and how perfect the size of the school was.
If I could talk to a prospective freshman who is in between Delaware and another college, I think I would say that if you want an amazingly fun and rewarding experience, come to UD and see why everyone loves it so much here!
I remember applying to colleges like it was yesterday. It was such a stressful time. As if applying wasn’t stressful enough, waiting until March to hear from UD was excruciating! I didn’t get into every school I applied to, and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get into UD. My dad kept telling me “not to worry,” and once I received that big yellow envelope with “CONGRATULATIONS!” written on it, I stopped worrying. I was really thankful and happy I got into UD, and I knew I was going to come here! My parents were so helpful and supportive through the whole process I couldn’t have done any of it without them. I know that acceptance letters went out recently to the future class of 2016 and I hope that anyone who receives their giant yellow packet decides to come to this wonderful school and become Blue Hens!!!