That's funny...it reminds me of one of my first experiences with Pittsburgh. I was flying in for my interview (from San Jose) way back in 1999. The nice elderly couple sitting next to me was from Pittsburgh. They were proudly telling me how diverse Pittsburgh was...one of them said, "We have Poles, Czechs, Germans, Italians and Irish all living together" I politely choked back my laughter and let them continue to extol the virtues of Pittsburgh. One of the last things they said to me was that Pittsburgh is like a fungus...it will grow on you. Funny thing is that they were right. I have many fond memories of my time at Pitt and of Pittsburgh...they even made a Steelers fan out of me (after the Forty-Niners of course). If you decide to go to Pitt, I'm sure you won't regret it.Hi all, congrats to everyone!
I think I'll be going to Pitt and loved the school from what I saw on my interview, but I'm a little wary of the city. I stopped by Wendy's after the interview and the guy at the counter looked at me and was like, "Wow, you speak English really good!" and as an Asian from Los Angeles, I was kind of in shock. I mean, I laughed it off and the guy seemed to be genuine in his compliment, but that would NEVER happen in LA.
So, although I love the school, I have this weird feeling about the city, like it's still in the dark ages in terms of race... I know I'm making rash judgments based on one encounter, so I'm hoping someone out there who knows the city well can dispel this sinking feeling I have about moving to Pittsburgh...!
Just wanted to say hello as a future member of the Pitt SOM class of 2013! I totally fell in love with Pitt at my interview and am really excited to be there for the next four years. I've never lived on the east coast (Californian born and raised) so I'm really looking forward to the change (never lived in snow before ). I'm pretty sure that I want to do the Global Health area of concentration, so if anyone has any feedback about that program, I'd be glad to hear about it.
Can't wait to meet my future classmates at revisit in April (which I believe is April 2-4).
The way financial aid is set up (here and everywhere) is that you can't get federal and certain private student loans for above the cost of attendance budget that they give. That said, I would call the financial aid office and talk to someone and express your concerns based on your current situation. They are able to increase the cost of attendance budget if you meet certain criteria that can be documented and the increases are proportional to what these extra circumstances and costs are. Financial aid offices get audited by the government from time to time to make sure that they meet the government standards for what they assign to cost of living expenses.Hey everyone. I wasn't able to go to second look. How was it? Was there any really important information that I need to know?
If there was it would be great if someone could PM me?
Question for current Pitt students: I haven't heard back from financial aid, but I think that I will either have to ask Pitt to expand the student budget for me or get private loans. I am married and will have two kids when I start, so the ~$17,000/yr student budget for cost of living probably won't hack it. Do you think I can get them to expand it, or am I stuck with private loans? Thanks.
I will probably talk to the Fin Aid department after I hear back about my award status.
my boyfriend and i were going to look at one of the oak hill apartments...until i read reviews online that talked about drug deals and how you should buy a gun if you were going to live there.Congrats Miss Doc!
I'm sure Ill be going to Pitt, but I have no idea where to live. My interview host lived in the Oak Hill Apartments in Oakland and their place was super nice/clean/big/cheap, but I've been told by several sources that Oakland is not a good place to live... so I dunno.
Are you considering that summer program?
yup, there are a couple dances each year. and there is a semi-formal dinner during orientation that you'll want to dress up for.So to all the current students out there, are there any annual formals/dances hosted by Pitt? Should I bring any dresses with me?
Also, what's the word on the Darragh Street Apartments? Do people generally like them? Thanks.
most people around here will be doing comcast. in my apartment, that's the only option--verizon fios hasn't reached everywhere in pittsburgh yet and most apartment buildings won't let you put a dish up.So are people doing Comcast or Verizon Fios or Verizon High Speed (is that just DSL?) for internet? I've been comparing packages, but I was wondering if anyone actually has any of these services yet, how they perform, and what they really cost. I'm from an area with Cox so I have no experience with these ISPs. Thanks!
I am moving in Sunday to Oak Hills. It is gonna suck since I threw my back out today.Am I the only one that's not in Pittsburgh, yet? I saw the letter on the zone that recommends that we be there by August 2nd, but I'm not even leaving until August 3rd and arriving on August 6th or 7th.
Down to the wire!
Anyway, I'm excited to meet you all a week from Sunday! This is exciting and nerve racking at the same time.