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Technology: If you plan on writing a paper between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., then you should bring your own computer, because the library is closed then. I also highly recommend a laptop. This way, you can write papers in the library if your dorm room is too distracting or your hallway too noisy.

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Technology: The computer network is fast, and the student homepage has links to everything you need: course management, technical help, calendars, and transportation, and so on. Sometimes, the computer labs are crowded toward the end of finals week, but usually, there are several open computers throughout the rest of the school year. Definitely bring your own computer. It not only saves you the hassle of typing your papers in a lab, but also lets you keep up-to-date with news and last minute e-mails.

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Technology: I've never really been in the computer lab more than twice. I recommend having your own computer and a laptop instead of a PC. It's nice to be able to take your laptop with you to the library and get out of the dorm room or to take it home with you over breaks. It is also really nice in case the power goes out, since it will use its battery. If you are in the middle of writing an important paper, you can continue to do so while everyone else is freaking out.

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Technology: Bringing your own computer is not only an option-it's a necessity. The connection is reliable and fast, but you can't download music unless you're really sneaky (they monitor you).

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Technology: I was without a computer my first week on campus-get a computer and Ethernet access. It's really hard to live without it. The computer labs are highly accessible, according to my experience, and the connection is fast. I have not had a problem accessing a computer when I need to or having to go out of my way to access one.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are very good, and there are so many. Basically, any kind of food you may want to eat is in walking distance of campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Evanston are fantastic. We are known as the `dining capital of the North Shore' for a reason. There is almost every kind of food you can imagine, from Chinese to vegan to steakhouses. There is also a little cafè near campus which serves fantastic breakfast food all day called Clarke's. It's a chain, but a darn good one.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are many and wide-ranging. Basically, whatever you would want is within a short walk. I personally enjoy a Mexican place called Las Palmas, but really, whatever you are looking for will be available at a low price. Evanston is known for this.

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Off-Campus Dining: Flat Top, Chipotle, Dave's Italian Kitchen, and D & C Dogs are all good places to eat. And if worse comes to worst, you can always chill at the 24-hour Burger King or Steak & Shake.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants off-campus, and most give a small discount for Northwestern students.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are good and a lot of them deliver. Giordano's and Carmen's have great deep dish pizza. Kafein is a great, trendy coffee shop where you can get coffee, milkshakes, sandwiches, and desserts. Potbelly's has the best sandwiches and really good milkshakes.

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Off-Campus Dining: Panera is a soup, salad, sandwich, and bakery place that rocks. There's Flat Top, which is a stir fry bar where you can create unlimited stir fries. Chipotle has awesome burritos. There aren't many restaurants on campus, but it isn't a far walk into Evanston. Plus, there are so many good restaurants downtown, too many to list.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Evanston are good. It depends on what kind of food you like, but Flat Top Grill is really good and so is Las Palmas Mexican. Plus, there is anything you want in downtown Chicago.

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Off-Campus Dining: No restaurants on the actual campus, but just off campus there are tons of great places. They're mostly near south campus. Let's see . Clarke's, Las Palmas, Cozy Noodle, Flat Top, and Chipotle are all favorites with students.

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Off-Campus Dining: Evanston is considered the `Dining Capital of the North Shore,' so there is a good variety of nice restaurants. Some are too expensive, but you can get Indian, Thai, Italian-pretty much anything. And everybody likes Chipotle burritos. Unfortunately, not many places are open late.

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Off-Campus Dining: Many good restaurants nearby, which often tempt you to spend money you do not have and avoid dining hall food. I like Olive Mountain, Joy Yee's, Thai Sookdee, Mt. Everest, The Lucky Platter, Blind Faith Cafe, and of course Giordano's on Monday night-there are more that I can think of, but food is definitely something to take advantage of in Evanston.

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Off-Campus Dining: Food in town is hit or miss. There's half off pizza at Giordano's on Mondays. Joy Yee's is good. Baja Fresh and Clarke's are also favorites. You can always take the El train into Chicago.

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Off-Campus Dining: Evanston has a huge variety of great food, much of it quite inexpensive. For Italian, try Trattoria Demi. Giordano's has famously delicious stuffed pizza. For Mexican food, Chipotle offers great burritos, and Las Palmas and That Little Mexican Cafe have everything else. Mt. Everest offers delicious and modestly-priced Indian and Nepalese cuisine. Blind Faith Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant that's a little pricey but definitely recommended. Dozika and New Japan offer some very good sushi and other Asian cuisine. And if you just want a sandwich, Potbelly and Panera are both cheap and very tasty. Vive le Crepe is a cool place that just opened, and it is fairly cheap as well. There is much good food to be enjoyed.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's no shortage of restaurants in Evanston. Just about every ethnicity is represented, and a wide price range. My favorites are Tapas Barcelona and Lulu's.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Evanston are awesome. Carmen's Pizza is the best and Giorodano's has half-price pizza night on Monday's. Mount Everst has great Indian food, and Clarke's is always great for a yummy Charlie Brownie Sundae. (The most amazing and huge brownie sundae in town!)

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Off-Campus Dining: Every Monday is Giordano's half-price pizza night-you must go at least once to understand. It's the best pizza in the world, and you can eat enough to be quite full on less than $5 once a week. Good for dates: Trattoria Demi: cute little Italian bistro-ish place. I recommend the lasagna spinaci. Good `fast' food': Potbelly Sandwich Works (Try the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, they're to die for. Also the pizza sub is my personal recommendation). Joy Yee's Noodles is the best not-national chain Asian food I've ever had. It's not terribly expensive, the service is super-fast, the food is fabulous, and there is a wide range from `typical' to `really out there,' and they have these great teas and fresh fruit smoothies that you can get tapioca bubbles in (very hip trend-must try).

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Guys & Girls: There tends to be a lot more good-looking girls than there are guys, but overall, it's a good mix. There's always Chicago, too, if you are looking for love.

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Guys & Girls: In my opinion, most of the guys are nerdy, not hot. As for the females, I have seen some really hot ones that I would like to get to know better.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are really pretty nice. There are definitely some hot boys on this campus, but a lot are gay. The girls are nice. With both sexes, there are definitely all sorts of people here-from ditzes to geeks to really artistic people, it really varies.

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Guys & Girls: I guess this campus is not known for its attractiveness, but there are many very nice, attractive people. You will hear-and I think it's partly true-that many people on this campus are obsessed with work and are otherwise pompous and annoying.

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At Northwestern, schoolwork can seem overwhelming at points, but students don’t let that stop them from having fun. After spending the school week doing long readings, writing papers, and taking ever-present midterms, students have a knack for finding ways to kick back and relax. This does not always include partying. For those who want to party, the option is always there. If partying is not your thing, there are movies, cool coffee shops to check out, and all of Chicago's cultural offerings just a short "L" ride away.

Northwestern students are generally happy with their choice of school—there is a retention rate nearing 100 percent year after year. There are the usual complaints (cold winters, hard classes, and lack of sleep, to name a few), but everyone has their reason for choosing NU, and the reasons usually do not disappoint. Most students like most aspects of their life at Northwestern. The mid-size student body (8,000 undergrads) allows you to meet new people in various activities or classes, but you are guaranteed to see familiar faces every time you walk outside or eat in a dining hall. Different aspects of the school can be hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for, but the people you meet and the friends you make will greatly enhance your experience. Students come from many walks of life, but the differences in backgrounds are hardly noticeable on the surface. Everyone has similar goals for the future, and everyone will go places after they graduate. This is Northwestern, after all.

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