June 19, 2012

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Will I survive if I skip orientation? Is it “VITAL” for me to survive my freshman year? I’m going to Europe for 2 months with my family and none of the dates are good for me.

You will definitely survive without it. It is just a cool thing to do, to get to know Rutgers and meet some people.

June 13, 2012

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I am currently taking Expos over the summer and my first paper is due tomorrow. This stuff is HARD to write about. Any tips on what to do?

I know i’m a bit late for your first paper but maybe this helps with the next. Check out this article on another great Rutgers site, http://www.ru-screwd.com/how-to-structure-an-expos-paper/

June 13, 2012

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What is your general strategy for the dorm lottery? From what i’ve heard it’s quite difficult to get a low lottery number

Sadly there is no strategy. You sign up and just hope, there are pretty good odds that one of the people you are trying to live with will get a decent number.

June 4, 2012

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How does attendance work? Do profs take attendance is big classes and small also?

That depends on the class and the professor. There isn’t like a set policy about it. From my experience the big lecture class don’t regularly take attendance but they might have clicker questions or in class quizes randomly. Small classes the professor definitely learns faces and can tell if you don’t come to class even if they don’t take attendance. In order to find out check rate my professor or just go to class the first day. If the syllabus says that attendance is part of your grade, that is a good indicator it will be taken often.

June 4, 2012

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Do you know if computer science is difficult?

I am going to be a senior and I am a CS major so I can answer this pretty well. It is a pretty difficult major and requires almost twice as many classes as most other majors, but it is very doable.

If you have never touched programing then yes the major will be really hard, especially at the beginning since the first classes are “weed out” classes. What i mean by that is the classes move fast and are hard in order to get rid of the kids who can’t handle the workload from the start. CS111 and CS112 are classes like that but you learn a ton in them.

If you have had some programming experience it won’t be hard to pass the early classes with a B/C. Most classes are graded on a curve and are pretty doable if you do all the assignments.

In my opinion computer science is a hard major to get an A in the classes. I consider myself a decent programmer and the highest grade I have gotten has been a B+. There will be some really smart students in your classes who already know everything. Those are the kids getting the A’s and they are really difficult to catch up to.

On a different note be ready to work your ass off. Computer Science is one of those majors you are required to learn a ton on your own. The classes go over the basics but the assignments will be harder. Google is your best friend and also try to meet people in your classes. Bouncing ideas off of other people will really benefit you. As much as I complained about the work, I do feel like I learned a lot and am very happy with the major. Also once you get past CS111, CS112, Discrete 1 & 2 the classes get more interesting.

June 4, 2012

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I love your answer to the “Rutgers Prestige question”. I was wondering what people generally bring to orientation? Luggage? Backpacks? And what do people usually pack?

I am glad you liked it =)

Orientation is only a night so most people bring a sleeping bag or sheets and a pillow to toss on the bed at night. Also people might bring a change of clothes for the next day. I didn’t really bring to much stuff so it all fit into my backpack.

June 4, 2012

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Is it easy to switch over to the computer science school?

Yeh I did it really easily. Computer Science isn’t its own school, it is part of SAS. If you are not in SAS then your first step is to transfer into the SAS school, which is pretty easy to do online. Once you are in SAS you need to fulfill the requirements on this site: http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/undergraduate/admission.whtml. Good luck with comp sci!

June 4, 2012

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Is there a way to get all your textbooks via ipad or ebook or something? What do you suggest so we don’t have to lug around textbooks?

Yes you can find most of the textbooks in digital formats. I can’t promise that you will be able to get all the books that way because it is a pretty new thing. The great thing I have found is that most classes don’t require you to bring a textbook to class. So you can just leave them at home or in your dorm just for doing homework/studying. I personally like having the physical book so even if I get a ebook, I usually end up printing it out. If you like looking at textbooks on an ipad or something similar then go for it, you will save money for sure.

June 4, 2012

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Can you be a pre-med and a pre-dental? I just want to know if its possible to apply to both.

Yes you can apply to both pre-med and pre-dental. Remember pre-med and pre-dental aren’t majors. They are a group of classes that is required to apply to med/dental school. So if you finish all the required classes to apply to both programs there is nobody stopping you.

June 4, 2012

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Where do most girls buy their clothes? What kind of weather should we be dressing for?

Haha I must be the completely wrong person to answer this as a guy in CS but here goes nothing. I noticed that most girls buy clothes from places like Forever 21, American Eagle, Express, PacSun, and Urban Outfitters. All pretty standard places in your local mall. Don’t stress to much about trying to fit in with the majority. I know I say it a lot but this isn’t high school. Nobody is going to make fun of you or anything about your choice of clothes. You will soon realize that lots of girls go to class in a sweatshirt, sweatpants, and a pair of uggs lol. Wear whatever you like, don’t change for the Rutgers’s style because honestly there isn’t one. Well unless you are talking about Rutgers themed clothes, they are always popular around campus.

On another note dress for ALL weather. I can’t stress this enough! During the winter it is freezing, and during spring it gets really hot. Some winter days i feel like I am dressing for siberia, so definitely bring a warm jacket.