January 1, 2014

While I enjoyed Grace Isford’s Dec. 28 op-ed on learning about universities through Twitter, “A little bird can tell much about colleges,” unfulfilled expectations about a school’s environment could prompt positive and negative tweets. Public expression, particularly on Twitter, often communicates the unexpected, such as a heavy workload at a “party” school, or a fun experience at a “suicide” school.

I’m a freshman at Georgetown University. Before enrolling, I knew of my school’s intense academic environment, but I have found enjoyable activities to pursue. On the other hand, my peers who matriculated at so-called “party” schools have sometimes been unpleasantly surprised at the heavy workload.

At the end of the day, all universities offer challenges and rewards to varying degrees.

Marnie Klein, Bethesda

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