bluecouch wrote:Checking in (albeit late). I've been stalking the thread for a while and am still waiting to hear. Submitted my application in November. I love love ATL and am missing it right now (I'm in the NE). Congrats to all the new admits!
Could you elaborate and what makes you love ATL so much? I've never been to Atlanta and I've spent all my life in the Northeast
It's a great town. The summer's hot, but the weather is otherwise great. Lots of time to be outdoors, and there are some good bike trails and great parks close to the city. When I lived there (at least most of the time I lived there), I was in Decatur, which is about a mile from campus. It's a great little town - lots of good restaurants and bars - and very walkable if you live close to downtown Decatur (which we did). People bitch about the traffic, but that's only really a problem if you live outside the Perimeter (I-285, which encircles the city) and try to commute in (which I did for 8 months, and it was truly awful).
ATL itself has everything you'd expect from a big city -- fun places to go out in Midtown, Buckhead, and Virginia-Highland (among other neighborhoods), cultural offerings at the High Museum and Woodruff Arts Center (as well as at Emory), good music venues (small and large ranging from Fox Theater to Star Bar), and Piedmont Park is really great -- esp for music festivals. I went to Music Midtown there last year, and it was awesome. I also personally love the Botanical Garden. Finally, I'm a big Braves fan and loved going to games. I've also been to see the Hawks and Falcons, and both Phillips Arena and the Georgia Dome have pretty great atmospheres.
In general, my favorite thing to do in ATL was eat. Atlanta is a pretty diverse place and has the food to vouch for it. There are good Ethiopian and Indian places close to campus, as well as authentic Korean places. If you are into barbecue, you also can't go wrong in Atlanta. Fat Matt's, in particular, is good, although Fox Bros. is closer to campus.
You can take a shuttle from downtown Decatur to school, and Emory runs a free shuttle service to school from most of the places where students tend to live. However, it's a lot more comfortable to live in ATL with a car, even though I know folks who lived in Decatur and Midtown Atlanta without one. MARTA (the subway) and the buses are generally less reliable than you'll see in the NE, but they can be useful if you are trying to get downtown for concerts or pro games.
In total, I lived in Atlanta/Decatur for about 6 years. If you have any questions about ATL or living around Emory, feel free to PM me. I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you have about the area!
Eta: Edited to reflect the awesomeness of Virginia-Highland.