Some Friendly (College) Advice
So, I recently found myself typing up a longish email in response to a high school junior trying to figure out this whole college thing. In particular, the full story looks something like:
- I post a Quora answer in response to a question about majoring in mathematics.
- A user comments, asking if I would field some additional questions by email. (I've since deleted the comment, to protect the privacy of the requester.)
- I spend the better part of an hour typing responses about what it's like to be at Harvard, what it's like to joint-concentrate CS/Math, and some advice on applying to colleges.
In the end, it seemed like there are some other people I know who might want to hear such off-the-top-of-my-head insights. But then again, if you're not a high school student, the rest of this post is going to be pretty useless for you; be forewarned.
In any case, I've reproduced (most of) the email exchange below.
My questions are as follows:
- From your