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I was amazed to read the other testimonies about TAMS. Almost every single student I know was pleased with the program, and many were incredibly happy about their time there. The satisfaction survey, which is posted on the alumni site, reveals this.
Take time to talk to students currently enrolled in the program. It's hard, but if you work hard, you can do well. There's no shortage of tutors and support, and that is made very clear throughout your time there. However, it's also a wonderful place. In fact, I don't doubt that many students have a hard time balancing the opportunity to spend time with the most incredible peer group one has experienced with performance in the class (I had a hard time myself), and for this reason a few don't make the transition well. It's for those who are motivated, self-starters, and appreciate both having a good time and doing hard work.
The fellow above sums it up well: it's a great place, but you're ready to leave after two years. My best friends are still the ones I made at TAMS, even though I've been in the northeast for four years and I'm probably staying here another three. It's also easy to strike up new friendships or revive old ones with TAMSters who cross my path again: one of my best friends here is from TAMS, though we didn't know each other before she arrived.
That said, there are definitely a few people who come there each year not ready to handle it, either because they're bent on escaping from their parents, have psychological problems, or simply because they're not prepared to handle living away from their parents (and being able to accomplish a solid workload while away). It's similar to the transition to college, though with a better support structure, and there [... more]
- Cleve Doty, Student (Class of 2002)
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