Northwestern University Student Panel

Recorded Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream

School information

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Ask current Northwestern students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

🎙 Guest Moderator: Stacey Huynh

Meet the panelist: Madeline

Mady is a junior from Rockville, Maryland at the McCormick School of Engineering. She's pursuing a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics. Mady is a member of Baja SAE team, which designs and builds an off road car, and does research in an interdisciplinary robotics and neuroscience lab. Outside of school, she enjoys biking, skateboarding, and trying to grow plants.

School information

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
9:18@anonymous:Does Northwestern want you to focus in on a specific interest, or is there a lot of room for academic exploration?
16:23@anonymous:Would you say Northwestern is more STEM-focused or humanities-focused?
16:27@millyruiz:The environment is more competitive or collaborative?
21:36@anonymous:What was your favorite class/professor?
21:42@kiana.vea:how would you describe the accessibility to academic help at northwestern whether it be from a professor or a counselor
27:23@anonymous:How many hours of homework do you get every night?
33:28@charlottee:what's the political climate like
35:09@anonymous:Is Greek life really big? Do you find people studying, out walking around Evanston, or at greek parties?
37:59@anonymous:What are the dorms like at Northwestern?
39:03@anonymous:How comfortable are the dorms? How far away from the classes are they?
40:59@anonymous:Do you feel safe on campus and around the campus considering it's an urban environment?
43:32@anonymous:What opportunities are available off-campus in Chicago (internships, social scene, activities)?
45:40@Applesauce:What are the benefits of going to school next to Chicago?
45:51@lmaguire:How would you describe life in evanston/chicago?


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