• This Week on #AskanEagle

    If you follow our Instagram account, you’ve probably noticed that this month we’re doing #AskanEagle. Admitted students from both Oxford and Emory College have submitted their questions, and we’ve been out on campus getting answers! Here are the answers from this week’s questions. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and see more videos throughout April!

    Harlan Cutshall – Falmouth, Maine (Senior)
    What are the biggest differences between studying for high school and for college?

    In college, I start studying for my tests a lot earlier than I started in high school – I start studying about a week out, or so, in advance, rather than a couple days before. I go over material and make sure I’m as comfortable with it as possible, and that’s worked well for me so far and it’s what I’d say for people moving forward into college.

    Noreen (Sophomore)
    Do Oxford students spend a lot of time on the Atlanta campus?

    Hi! My name is Noreen. Oxford students can spend as much time on the Atlanta campus as they’d like. It’s up to the students here to decide. They have shuttles available, but it’s up to you as to how involved you want to get on either campus.

    Jake Tegtman – Wellington, Ohio (Junior)
    What is the Emory Farmer’s Market?

    Every Tuesday, a bunch of local vendors come and set up in front of Cox Hall, on the bridge, to sell produce and other organic foods. It’s always worth a stop!

    Noah (Sophomore)
    What should I expect at Oxford orientation?

    At orientation, there are a lot of fun events planned. You also register for classes and can take shuttles to Wal-Mart in case you need to pick anything up. The most exciting thing is you get to meet your [hard to hear] group where you’ll meet a lot of your friends for the next few years.

    Joan (Sophomore)
    Is it possible to explore Atlanta without a car?

    There is a shuttle that takes you out for free to explore Atlanta – such as, the High Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens of Atlanta, and the Mall of Georgia. For me, personally, I enjoy going to Lenox Mall with my friends to do some shopping.

    Maggie (Sophomore)
    Can students study abroad while at Oxford?

    To answer your question, no, you cannot study abroad while at Oxford. However, you can take summer or winter abroads with Emory, and you can take classes that study abroad during spring break, AND you can study abroad your Junior and Senior years at the Atlanta campus.

  • Honest talk about Oxford College

    0042306-13kh-f018-_raw_ (1)Oxford students complete their first two years in an idyllic liberal arts setting in Oxford, GA, about 45 minutes to the east of the Atlanta campus. (Learn more here and here.) As admission staff, we are often asked about the transition Oxford College students make to the Atlanta campus as juniors.

    We wanted to address misconceptions about the transition Oxford students make to Atlanta honestly and openly. We asked Maddie Clifton 14OX 16C*, an Oxford student now at the Atlanta campus as a junior, to share her personal experiences.

    Misconception #1: Students only go to Oxford because they didn’t get into Emory College.

    That’s not true at all! Students 0100101-14KH-F228-_RAW_choose to go to Oxford for a myriad of reasons
    but it is mostly for the small community. Because the campus is small, I never had a class over 25 students, and my smallest class was 8. I had the opportunity to get to know my classmates and professors really well and on a very personal basis. Also, because there are only freshmen and sophomores on campus, it is really easy to get leadership roles early on.

    When you attend Oxford, you really do get the best of both worlds. You get the small liberal arts intensive education your first two years on the Oxford campus while learning great leadership skills. And your second two years you get to attend a larger research-based university and get all of the perks that come with a name like Emory!

    Misconception #2: Oxford students only hang out with other Oxford students on the Atlanta campus. They don’t integrate well into the Emory community and are not as involved on campus.

    False! Oxford students come to the Atlanta campus already with a tight group of friends from Oxford, but they often get very involved in different campus life initiatives, too, at Emory. At Oxford, students get the opportunity to get hyper-involved and become the presidents of organizations only as sophomores. When they make the transition to the Atlanta campus, they already have leadership experience and are eager to get involved again.  It’s not uncommon at all for an Oxford student to be on the executive board of a club here in Atlanta. I myself have joined a sorority, became a tour guide/admissions fellow, joined the Student Alumni Board, and the women’s Club Volleyball Team and have a lot of new friends through all of these outlets.

    Misconception #3: Oxford students don’t have the same academic opportunities as juniors and seniors when they get to the Atlanta campus (ie: internships, research, study abroad, etc.).

    All undergraduate students have theScience at Oxford same opportunities to apply to different research, provided by the school. Often students also find research opportunities through individual relationships with professors, and when you are at Oxford in a class of only 20 students, it is incredibly easy to approach your professors and ask if they are conducting research and if they want a student worker to assist.

    Misconception #4: Oxford students don’t ever get accepted to the Goizueta Business School.

    Plenty of students from Emory and Oxford are accepted to the business school. The acceptance rates are actually about the same for Oxford students and Emory College students. Both applicants are held to exactly the same standards and which school you attended is not a factor being considered. Students who are accepted to the business school are expected to have a high GPA, take certain prerequisites, and also be involved on campus.  While I did not apply to the business school, I have a lot of friends that applied, and the majority of whom were accepted and love it there.

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    Maddie Clifton
    Political Science & Interdisciplinary Studies double-major
    Savannah, GA

     

     

    * Emory University uses these abbreviations to designate graduation years. For example, Maddie was at Oxford her freshman and sophomore years, finishing in 2014 (14OX). She is now at the Atlanta campus, Emory College, where she will complete her junior and senior years, graduating with her bachelor’s degrees in 2016 (16C).

  • The Southern Sense: April

    Want to experience an area of Atlanta that’s been key to the flourishing “intown” scene? Welcome to Virginia-Highland, arguably Atlanta’s most well-known intown neighborhood. While there is debate, even among Atlanta natives, about where the neighborhood’s boundary lines stop and start, there’s little argument that as Atlanta has continued to grow, this little unassuming neighborhood continues to faithfully embody what is great about this city and life in the South.

    image004I’ve been looking forward to this entry since I started this blog last October. If you’re just joining us for the first time, you should know that this entry comes as Part II of last month’s blog, which included a quick explanation of how to visually understand Atlanta’s metropolitan sprawl and an introduction to Decatur, one of many delightful, walkable neighborhoods surrounding Emory University. I’m really excited to continue by introducing you to another nearby neighborhood, my home-neighborhood in fact, Virginia-Highland.

    image001Practically named after the intersection of its two major streets, Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, which make up the center of the neighborhood, this area is considered by many in Atlanta to be where one should spend evenings, weekends, and the rest of life. Honestly, it was really a stroke of luck that I got to grow up in this wonderful pocket of Atlanta, since my parents moved to the area long before it became the “cool” place to be. As a result, I grew up down the street from the largest park in Atlanta, Piedmont Park, around the corner from the start site of the internationally-watched community project, the Atlanta BeltLine, within easy walking distance of Trader Joe’s (one of only two in the city!), the local movie theater, and a plethora of non-chain retail shops and restaurants.

    image006Century-old Craftsman bungalows, huge trees, and sidewalks line streets that wind around parks and local businesses, and that’s just the aesthetic appeal. Walking through the neighborhood is an intimate community experience as friends and families fill front porches spilling over with the sounds of music and conversation. Every block brings familiar faces and the latest news. If you fell in love with the eccentric, tight-knit town of Stars Hollow in the hit TV show, Gilmore Girls, then you will understand exactly why the residents of Virginia-Highland love the community and culture of their neighborhood. (If you don’t understand this reference at all, you are absolutely missing out. Luckily for you, Gilmore Girls is on Netflix now – say goodbye to your weekend!)

    Like the townspeople of Stars Hollow, Virginia-Highlanders are very fond of their community, especially the more unique members. For example, we go all out at Halloween, so much so, that people from other neighborhoods drive to Virginia-Highland to see the elaborate pumpkins carvings and the house-by-house entertainment. One of my more dedicated neighbors dresses up in a hooded cloak and skeletal mask and spends the entire evening playing Rachmaninoff’s ominous “Prelude in C Sharp Minor” on the grand piano just inside the entrance to his house. It is absolutely eerie and chilling. When you approach the front door, he slowly picks up an ancient candelabra and hobbles to the door, extending a bowl of candy. Many a kid has fled without even taking the candy or just had a meltdown on the front porch (just goes to show you that Classical music has not lost its touch).

    Right around the block from that house is a woman who tells fortunes through her elderly Pomeranian. This little dog tends to give very optimistic or very pragmatic fortunes. Each year I am assured of a subsequent year of adventure, excitement, and success in my endeavors. A few years ago, my friend, who arrived on his competition-style road bike to meet me at the Fortune Teller wearing shorts and t-shirt on one of the coldest Halloweens in recent years, was told he would never live long enough to win the Tour de France if he didn’t start dressing appropriately for the weather. Bottom line, that dog knows what’s up.

    image007Similar to Decatur, Virginia-Highland is known for “mom and pop” coffee shops. Neighbors will argue about where the best coffee can be found, but my favorite place is San Francisco Coffee, a non-chain that roasts its own coffee and is so popular it has two locations just a mile apart in Virginia-Highland. You can’t go wrong with either one, but I am partial to the one on the north end of North Highland Ave., with its walls lined with the work of local artists and its large bay windows open to the street. I’ve been hanging out there since I was old enough to drink coffee, and if the foot traffic in and out on a daily basis is anything to judge by, it’s become a staple in many other lives as well.

    image009Part of what makes Virginia-Highland so special is the collection of restaurants around the original name-sake intersection, many of which have been around for decades and contribute greatly to the sense of tradition and history in the neighborhood. Although their menus are very different, they are united in their dedication to lots of patio seating, which adds enormously to their attraction, because the only thing we love more than eating great food is enjoying it outdoors in the beautiful weather we are lucky to have the majority of the year. Murphy’s is my favorite in terms of food and atmosphere, and although its current location is a few blocks from its quirky, original spot, Murphy’s has been a destination point for locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. Right across the intersection is Moe’s & Joe’s, opened in 1947 by two brothers back from WWII, which continues to serve up diner staples and local favorites to this day. Next door is George’s, celebrating its 54th anniversary this year, and widely recognized as offering one of the best burgers in Atlanta.

    It probably won’t come as a surprise at this point that Virginia-Highland is also home to many of the city’s best festivals. We will seriously have a festival in honor of anything and everything – seasons, flowers, fruits, vegetables, holidays, etc. You name it, we probably celebrate it. One of the best festivals, the Dogwood Festival, is taking place this month, so be sure to check it out below. If you are in town visiting Emory University, we hope you’ll stop by Virginia-Highland. Your taste buds, ears, and imagination will all be glad you did, because you’ll leave with a true sense of how life is lived and loved down here. To make your visit even more memorable, we’d like to share some exciting things happening in the city this month!

     

    image012“Barenaked Voices” at Emory University. Friday, April 10, 2015.

    Yes, this is an a cappella concert (as implied by the title) but before you dismiss it as something just for a cappella fans, you should know that this is one of the most popular annual events at Emory University. All six undergraduate a cappella groups and the Emory University Concert Choir have been coming together for just one night a year for over a decade to celebrate making music. What’s most impressive is that all of this music is arranged, choreographed, and performed by Emory undergraduates from all different academic areas (including, but not limited to, the Arts), all with a love of music. Each group does an individual set, and then they come together to perform a grand finale to a packed concert hall of over 1,100 people. All donations go to supporting Active Minds at Emory and the Emory Helpline. Check out the still-talked-about finale from BNV 2010 featuring Michael Jackson’s iconic hit, “Man in the Mirror,” (starts at 0:38) arranged, choreographed and performed by Emory undergraduates.

     

    image016“The Atlanta Dogwood Festival” in Piedmont Park. Friday, April 10-Sunday, April 12, 2015.

    This festival, honoring the beautiful blooming Dogwood trees of this season, first started in 1936 as a single-day event of music performances by the likes of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Symphony, in an effort to raise awareness and support for the beautification of the city. These days, this famous festival has something for everyone—artist markets, live music, and food & drink aplenty! With two different stages on either side of the park, there is ample opportunity to hear all kinds of music, from local groups to widely known musicians (past performances include famous jazz singer Roberta Flack and famous country music artist Sara Evans). The artist market winds its way around the park with everything from paintings to sculpture, jewelry to clothing, and much more. And let’s not forget the food! Whether you’re craving carnival food (funnel cake!), hot dogs, BBQ, or farm-to-table meals from the Food Trucks, you’ll have no trouble finding something to munch on while you listen to music. I’ve been going to the Dogwood Festival my whole life, and it never disappoints; so make sure you don’t miss it if you’re in town that weekend!

     

    image018“Atlanta Blooms!” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Available all month.

    Whether your thumbs are green or not at all agriculturally inclined, a visit to the gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden, located at the edge of Piedmont Park in the heart of midtown Atlanta, will always be memorable and fun. This 30-acre plant sanctuary includes rose gardens, an orchid center, an edible garden and bar, the famous Storza woods with its canopy walkway, and much more. There is always an art exhibit or two in the gardens throughout the year as well. Right now the garden is welcoming the arrival of spring with a variety of garden and season-inspired events. You are also welcome to visit outside of events to enjoy a nice stroll through the gardens, which offer some of the best views of the Midtown skyline and surrounding park area.

     

    image020“Inman Park Festival” in Inman Park. Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26.

    As the adage, “When in Rome…” implies, the best way to get to know a city is by doing what the locals do. Well, the Atlanta Journal Constitution just listed this neighborhood festival in “10 Things Every Atlanta Resident Should Do” so you should definitely stop by! Similar to Virginia-Highland, Inman Park is another one of the eclectic neighborhoods interspersed throughout the city. It’s also about a mile away from Virginia-Highland, so it’s easy driving distance and even easier walking distance now that the neighborhoods are connected by the BeltLine. Like the Dogwood festival, but on a smaller scale, the Inman Park Festival has plenty of music, food, and entertainment to take you through the whole weekend.

    ‘Til next month!

    Farish Jerman 11C*
    Senior Admission Counselor
    Emory University
    Office of Undergraduate Admission

     

    *Emory uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Farish graduated from Emory College of Emory University in 2011.

  • #Emory2019 #Oxford2019 Reflections

    It has been more than 36 hours since our Regular Decision admission notifications were posted to OPUS. We thought we would post a short update on what has transpired since and share some pictures. The activity online after our decision release tested our servers for a number of hours. Thankfully all is up and running now and our admitted students can access the Admitted Student Website and wait-listed students can access the Wait List Response site. If you are still experiencing log-in issues please email us at admission@emory.edu.

    On Friday the admission teams from both Emory College and Oxford College spent the day stuffing admit packets. We had hoped to get them in the mail late Friday but a few small snafus postponed the mailing. Our teams will reconvene on Monday to finish the process and the main USPS center in Atlanta will have a visit from a UHaul packed with mail bins on Monday afternoon. We know our admitted students eagerly want to get their hands on their packets, but do know there are a ton of resources you can access through the Admitted Student Website. Thanks for your patience.

    Though the release of decisions is a huge milestone for any Admission Office, the work does not end. The next five weeks will be extremely busy as we welcome thousands of visitors to campus. For the admitted students, we have a variety of unique visit opportunities so we hope you are planning an April visit. If you can’t visit campus make sure to get engaged with our virtual visit options and stay connected via social media. We look forward to seeing and connecting with all the new #Emory2019 and #Oxford2019 students.

    Best wishes!

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    Bins of mail of Emory College, Oxford College, and dual Emory/Oxford admit packets waiting to be sealed and mailed. A big task for this coming Monday.

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    We’ve got a ton of boxes to recycle, but that is because so much good news is hitting the mail.

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    Our celebratory cookie cake which was a nice midday snack during a busy Friday.

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    So so so many letters to sort.

  • Regular Decision Notification Day

    The day has finally arrived. At 6:00 p.m. ET, this evening (Thursday, March 26) Regular Decision admission notifications will be released. Once decisions go live on OPUS, a nearly 8-month process comes to a close and the Class of 2019 comes into focus.orientation

    Starting back on August 1 last year when the Common Application went live, a record number of students submitted applications to Emory University. As the applications were steadily submitted throughout the fall, our admission counselors/advisors trekked across the world meeting prospective students and applicants, while back home our Operations team kept up with the processing of application materials. As the weather got colder and the holidays approached, the admission evaluation process began. First came the QuestBridge matches in early December and then the release of Early Decision I notifications on December 15. Scholars news was released at the end of January, and then Early Decision II notifications went live at February 12. As spring arrived, the admission evaluation processed moved to the intense and deliberate committee reviews.

    Most of you reading this have patiently awaited your decision and are probably counting down the minutes until 6:00 p.m. As you prepare to receive the news (or reflect on the news you have already received), we hope this blog provides some assistance.

    Reminder: How Decisions are Released

    Full details and answers to frequently asked questions about the Regular Decision notification release process can be found here: Regular Decision Notifications Update. The short version is decisions go live at 6:00 p.m. ET through your OPUS account. Decisions are not released over the phone or through email.

    The anticipation is building as we get ready to stuff admit packets!

    What is Going on in the Admission Office Today?

    We closed yesterday with decisions finalized for both Emory College and Oxford College. Today is the day that everything is reviewed. Got to make sure all the proverbial “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed. With thousands of decisions being released for two separate schools and multiple websites to update, you can imagine there are a lot of steps to complete before we feel comfortable pushing the button to release decisions. In addition, our staff will prepare our admit letters and packets, which we will stuff and mail on Friday.

    Some Advice as your Prepare to Receive Your Decision

    Attempt to keep yourself distracted today. Try not to constantly look at the clock. Pursue activities that you enjoy and will keep your mind off of 6:00 p.m. More importantly, after you receive your admission decision, our strong suggestion is that you walk away from your computer or put down your phone or tablet. Go spend time with your family and friends. No matter what decision you receive, get out of the cyber world. This is a major milestone in your life to share first with those closest to you, those who have been there since the earliest moments of your life and who will be there forever. Your family is not Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Your family is not this blog. Share this experience, your thoughts, and your emotions, in the real world first. The virtual world will be there later.

    Know that the entire admission staff appreciates all of our applicants. Thank you for allowing us to get to know you through the application process. We know it’s not always easy, and we hope that you found it worthwhile on a personal level, regardless of the admission outcome. As we’ve holistically reviewed each and every applicant, we’ve been encouraged by who you are and who you strive to be.

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Not Admitted

    Please know that we understand how difficult receiving such news can be. We do not take pleasure in not offering admission to students, especially to those for whom Emory College/Oxford College is a top choice. Please do not receive this news as a judgment of your value or your abilities but rather understand the competitive nature of applying to a highly-selective institution. We are confident that there is a college that will be uniquely enriched by your presence on their campus next fall, and you will have an amazing undergraduate experience.IMG_1065 (1)

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Wait-Listed

    The main takeaway is that this decision was not a “no.” We encourage you to log-in to the Wait List Response site linked in your decision letter and spend time reviewing the answers to the frequently asked questions. We know you probably have many questions, and that site will provide you with detailed answers.

    Post-Decision Advice for Those Admitted

    Sincere congratulations! You should feel great pride in this accomplishment. Make sure to login to the Admitted Student Website linked in your decision letter and review all the content available to you. We strongly encourage you to plan a visit, which you can register for under the “Events” tab. Remember, you must post your enrollment decision no later than May 1. Check back tomorrow for further details about the release of admit packets.

    Best wishes to all!

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  • Regular Decision Notifications Update

    Regular Decision admission notifications will be released at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26. The last eight months have been a whirlwind of activity to get to this finish line. The Emory College and Oxford College Admission Committees continue to work diligently in committee to finalize the classes by March 26. With a record-breaking applicant pool, there have been many diligent conversations in our office about each applicant, and we look forward to welcoming the rest of #Emory2019 and #Oxford2019 in just a few short days.

    How will decisions be released?
    Decision notifications will be posted online through your OPUS account. At 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26, log-in to OPUS, scroll to the bottom of the Student Center main page, and locate the Admission section on the left side. When available, you will find a link to “View Online Decision.” If you applied Regular Decision to both Emory College and Oxford, both of your admission notifications will display.

    What is OPUS?
    OPUS (Online Pathway to University Students) is the online portal where students track the status of their application materials and receive their admission decisions. Our OPUS Explained blog entry provides an overview of navigating this system. If you have not yet registered for an OPUS user name and password, you will need to do so in order to check your notification online. If you have any difficulty, please contact Emory’s IT Service Desk at OPUSHELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu directly for help.

    Can I receive my admission decision notification in another format?
    Decision notifications are only released through an applicant’s OPUS account. We do not send admission decisions via email, and we are unable to release decisions over the phone.

    Why are decisions posted at 6:00 p.m.?
    We believe that such important news should be experienced in the context of family. We also do not want students to receive admission news in the middle of the school day. We understand that this time does not work for all of our applicants, including many international applicants, but 6:00 p.m. ET is a time when the majority of our applicants are available and with loved ones.

    Anything else I need to know?
    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post a comment to this blog entry, tweet us @emoryadmission, or email us at admission@emory.edu.

  • What’s New @ Oxford: Science Building and Dining Hall Waste

    Oxford Science BuildingThis week’s installment of “What’s New” is brought to you to Myra Frady, CFO of Oxford College and guru of the newest building going up on campus, the Science Building. We spent a few minutes discussing the building and other exciting developments to the campus’ sustainability efforts. Read on to find out what is up and coming at Oxford!

    Tell me about the new Science Building. When will it open? What will be in there?
    There will be nine teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology along with three labs for research, three classrooms, an imaging center and a greenhouse. Faculty offices will also be in the building, along with private and common study areas, and a large common area, called the “Nucleus”, where informal conversations between faculty and students can happen. This new building is going to be able to meet the needs of our outstanding science programs and allow us to grow for years to come.

    You can watch live construction of the building here.

    What are some of the highlights of the new building?
    There will be touchscreens in the front lobby showcasing how the building was constructed for LEED certification. So much of LEED certification is contained in the invisible parts of the building (things like the A/C units, lab chemical hoods, and building construction recycling). Oxford is home to Emory University’s first gold LEED certified buildings in the new residence halls that opened fall 2014, and we are hoping to go for gold again!

    Read more about Emory University’s commitment to going green on our Sustainability Site.

    Tell me about the old oak tree that was taken down to build the Science Building.
    With great care, we cut down a huge oak tree where the building is now being constructed. We actually sent a slice of the tree to the University of Tennessee for analysis and discovered it was “born” in 1803 – older than our university! Wood from the tree has been repurposed for design elements in the “Nucleus” and will also be used in the design of the donor wall honoring those who contributed financially for this great building’s construction.

    On a different topic, I recently heard about a new Oxford initiative to reduce Dining Hall waste that started this semester. How is that going?
    It couldn’t be better! In January, we launched a project to reduce the tons of waste Oxford was sending to the local landfill each week. In the first month, the Dining Hall alone was able to revert over 95% of its waste, sending it to be recycled or composted instead. We’ve been recycling Dining Hall cooking grease to make fuel for campus shuttles for a while now, but this is taking things to a whole new level. Literally tons of garbage that used to go to our local town landfill isn’t anymore.

    And speaking of the Dining Hall, we will break ground in fall 2015 for the new Dining Hall that we plan to open in fall 2016. Lots of new and exciting things happening at Oxford that the campus community is very proud of!

  • The Southern Sense: March

    atlanta skylineWhen asked what the city of Atlanta looks like, many a native has responded with something along the lines of, “it looks like a city that got dropped in the middle of the forest.” And when you look at aerial pictures of the city, you see that’s an apt description. This surprises the people who visit Atlanta knowing only about its concentration of Fortune 500 companies, large collection of universities and colleges, and “notorious” traffic (for what it’s worth, and I won’t name names, Atlanta traffic is nothing compared to the traffic I have experienced in certain major cities during my time in the Mid-Atlantic).

    Instead, prepare to fall in love with our plethora of parks, our tree canopy, and most of all, the eclectic collection of neighborhoods interspersed throughout our city’s heart. When you look at the “Intown” Atlanta skyline, you notice that it sprawls from south to north in three separate clusters. At the bottom you have the downtown skyline, which is home to some Fortune 500 companies. It is also home to the famous Westin Hotel which offers the very best panoramic view of the city from its critically acclaimed top floor restaurant, The Sundial. Above that is the Midtown skyline, which is an interesting amalgamation of architecture, including the Art Déco style of the city’s tallest building, the Bank of America Plaza, and the Gothic style of one the city’s newest and LEED Gold certified buildings, the Symphony Tower. At the top of this Intown group is the Buckhead skyline, which consists of the glittering glass facades of company headquarters and the majestic spires of over fifteen different churches of a variety of faiths.

    What connects these clusters of city streets and buildings are those eclectic neighborhoods I mentioned, each with its own personality. Emory University, nestled on the eastern residential side of Atlanta, is flanked by several such neighborhoods, the largest of which is Decatur. Although technically a city in its own right, Decatur has a walkability and colloquial charm that preserve its place as the neighborhood right around the corner, worth visiting for brunch, an evening out, or a scenic walk. It also plays host to a variety of residents, from students attending nearby colleges to growing families, and from generations of native Atlantans to one of the city’s largest refugee and immigrant populations.

    2_DecaturDubbed “One of the Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living, Decatur’s artisan and craft-focused restaurants such as Leon’s Full Service and Brick Store Pub punctuate the sidewalks amidst its local coffee shops, like Java Monkey and Dancing Goats. The historic DeKalb County Courthouse casts shade on a quaint town square lined with boutiques and bookstores, complete with a gazebo often used as a stage by local talent. Speaking of the local talent, just a block away from the town square is Eddie’s Attic, a small music venue (seating only 165) that has been welcoming aspiring and established musicians to its stage since 1992. Its long list of performers includes John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls (fun fact: both of the latter are Emory alumna!). Don’t be afraid to let your stroll through downtown Decatur take you north on Church Street towards the historic, 54-acre Decatur Cemetery, which is actually a decade older than the city of Atlanta itself, dating back to 1823. Beautiful, flower-gilded roadways chase through the trees, streams, and tombstones, making it a favorite walking and jogging destination for locals and tourists alike.

    Whether it’s your travel plans or purely a yen for better weather that brings you to Atlanta and Emory University this month, we hope you take some time to get to know our neighbors in Decatur. You’ll be glad you did! And if you’re looking for some events to make your visit even more memorable, we recommend you look below at what’s happening around Atlanta.

    3_St Pats image “Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade” in Midtown Atlanta. Saturday, March 14 from 12PM-1:30PM.

    Having started in 1858, this parade is one of the oldest in the country, and it includes everything from floats and dancers to bands and bagpipes. There is no charge for attendance and the parade route map outlines where you can enjoy the parade as it makes its way through the city. Whether you’re Irish by blood or by nature, we welcome you to celebrate with Atlanta’s Irish community, which includes members of The Hibernian Benevolent Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Clan Na NGael, Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society.

    4_Decatur Cemetary“Decatur Ghost Tour” at the Decatur Cemetery near downtown Decatur. Available year-round.

    While you’re in downtown Decatur mingling with its living residents, we also encourage you to get to know its no-longer-living but still “very active” residents in the cemetery during the night. Whether you’re a history buff or a ghost chaser, you’ll enjoy this unique look into Decatur’s history and the lives of some of its more prominent citizens.

    “The Coca-Cola Bottle Exhibit” at The High Museum* in Midtown Atlanta. Now-October, 2015.

    5_Coke exhibit printThis famous museum, considered the leading art museum in the Southeast, was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Arts Association. Amidst current exhibitions of Surrealist painters, African Art, and a black and white photo history of the segregation era (just to name a few), you can find a brand-new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic glass Coca-Cola bottle and the company’s impact on Atlanta. Whether or not you drink Coca-Cola as much as we do here in Atlanta and at Emory (fondly nicknamed the “Coke University” in honor of its intertwined history with the Coca-Cola Company), you’ll learn something new about this global brand that calls Atlanta home.

    ‘Til next month,

    Farish Jerman 11C**
    Senior Admission Counselor
    Emory University
    Office of Undergraduate Admission

    *Quick tip—check with your bank about free museum weekends! Almost all banks designate a certain weekend each month during which their clients can gain free admission to Atlanta arts venues by showing their debit or credit card with the bank name.
    **Emory uses these abbreviations to designate graduation year. For example, Farish graduated from Emory College of Emory University in 2011.
    Photo credits:
    http://atlantastpats.com/photo-galleries-2/
    http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/03/high-museum-exhibit-to-explore-the-coca-coca-bottle-at-100/
    https://beactivedecatur.wordpress.com/tag/earth-day/
    http://www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com/index.aspx?page=21
  • Experience Emory this Summer

    531259_10151610638616982_1286321624_nIf you are currently a high school junior or sophomore, do you have plans for this summer? Have you heard about the Emory Pre-College Program? This is a summer program designed just for you to spend two weeks, three weeks, or six weeks with us on campus, in class, and making #mEmorys!  Enroll in for-credit (or non-credit) college classes. Live in our residence halls. Explore topics with professors who are leaders in their fields. And spend your free time involved in campus activities, Atlanta excursions, and building lasting friendships with other Pre-College participants.

    Pre-College is an amazing way to experience college life at Emory University, a top-tier nationally ranked institution in Atlanta. Plus, such experiences are highly regarded when admission staff review college applications.

    But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what other students have said:

    Whether it was going to a Braves game, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, going on a burrito run, getting Chipotle, watching the World Cup games, swimming at the SAAC, or even just hanging out as a group in our dorms at night (of course with a shoe in the door), every activity presented me with an opportunity to make some memories at Emory – or should I say #mEmorys?

    Coming from an international high school, I was amazed at the diversity of the student body at this program. Students came from all over the country and one student even came from the Netherlands! My peers were academically gifted, artistically talented, and athletically skilled.

    For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to attend Emory University, but I never had a chance to actually get a glimpse of what college life as an Emory student would be like. So, I decided to apply to the summer pre-college program. On move-in day, I instantly started making connections. The residential advisors were very welcoming and one of them even knew my high school!

    The Pre-College Program is accepting applications now through May 1st. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to live, see, and experience Emory!

    Learn More:

    Pre-College Videos

    Session Dates & Deadlines

    Apply for Pre-College!reading

  • What’s new @ Emory: Chemistry Building Expansion

    Atwood 1LOVE & OTHER DRUGS
    During the 1980s, the first AIDS lab at Emory was established in Atwood, the main chemistry building on campus, which later led to the development of Emtriva, a breakthrough antiviral drug which is now used by more than 90% of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States, and by thousands more around the world. The proceeds from the sale of the drug to a pharmaceutical company are now funding the large expansion and renovation to the cement-clad “bunker” chemistry building. This is great news for the over 200 undergraduate chemistry majors, 120 graduate chemistry students, and faculty members alike. (Fast fact: Emory has nearly twice as many chemistry majors as our other, larger, peer institutions. We must be doing something right!)

    SHOW ME THE CHEMISTRY
    Expected to open by August 2015, the Atwood expansion will include a five-story, glass-fronted atrium, an open-area library, interactive classrooms that include round tables and large video screens, research labs, and faculty and research offices. Fume hoods throughout the building will also be outfitted with cameras, so that everyone can see demonstrations clearly, like on a cooking show. Pretty snazzy!

    GREEN IS THE NEW BLACKAtwood2
    As with all new construction and renovations at Emory, building designers have worked closely with construction directors to plan the project, which has been designed for certification by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design). This ensures that the construction of the building has been done with recycling and re-use as top priorities and that the day-to-day functioning of the building utilizes green materials and energy-efficient practices. LEED gurus will certify the building once construction is complete with a ranking of silver, gold, or platinum. (Learn more about Emory’s hard-core commitment to being earth-friendly on our Sustainability site.)

    LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
    The new Atwood design is focused on creating a science hub for the university. Chemistry department heads see where cross-discipline conversations and work as the future of their field, and that’s exactly what the design has in mind. The building will bring organic and biochemists, physicians and biologists, faculty and students, together in collaboration on ground-breaking research, teaching forums, and current projects.

     

    Information and picture source: http://www.esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2013/03/emory-chemistry-making-new-space-for.html