I'm going to be a sophomore this year and my freshman year at AU has been the best! I've met so many great people and learned more new things in just one semester than I have ever learned in my top 50 high school. Many of my general education classes have fundamentally changed the way I think and see the world and I am excited to see what my major classes are going to be like. The whole campus is beautiful and there are so many spots to study or hang out. I must recommend the quad on sunny days because it feels like the whole campus is outside and enjoying the sun. The people are motivated and driven, however most people are just as willing to have a good time when they are not studying or interning. The general motto is "work hard play harder" and if you prefer to live like that, I would recommend attending AU. However, if you want to party like a state school frat bro, I would not recommend AU as kids here put academics first. Coming here will honestly allow you to have so many once in a lifetime experiences that you can't get anywhere else in the country. For example, as a freshman, I interned on Capitol Hill, got to walk in the House of Representatives voting chamber, saw the pope, attended balls at various embassies, and met various ambassadors and the president of the EU. I'm excited to see what the next year brings and I recommend high schoolers to come to the school if they feel like they belong.