jimmy_dean wrote:has anyone (specifically yodamike) successfully negotiated their scholarship offer? i hesitate to try because so much is subsidized by tithing, but it's a down year and this is the year to get more $ if any. i've been shameless everywhere else.
i also wish someone could assuage my fear of how competitive byu is. i'm not afraid of working/competing and come from a decently rigorous (40+ hrs of studying per week) undergrad, but if everyone is putting in 12hrs/day of studying for the same 10 jobs i don't know if i can do that. crap.
I'm a 1L here and can speak to the competitiveness a little bit. First, it isn't competitive in the same way other schools are...no one is stealing your notebook or refusing to study with you...it's competitive because BYU gets a lot of people who SHOULD be in T14 schools but come here for the price, community, ect...so it's competitive because everyone is really intelligent and talented, so the curve is very tight. Also, people work hard because they have other incentives (like having a family they will need to provide for). But my experience is that people are very willing to help. I was bed-ridden for two weeks and I had NUMEROUS people offer me their notes, outlines, ect. I find the students here to be kind, supportive, and helpful and it's only competitive because everyone works really hard. That being said, some of the other classes HAVE had problems with more "back-stabbing" competitiveness. That being said, it's really up to you and the rest of your class how you CHOOSE to treat one another and interact. But the people who are "competitive" in the scary sense are the exception, not the rule.
Hope that helps!