My impression of a college students’ life has been this: You can do whatever you want. Now let me explain.
At Northeastern, because we are a bigger school, there is literally no way you’ll know everybody, there’s no chance that you’ll meet everyone, and you can’t possibly be involved with everything. That being said, as you move through, you join clubs, you meet people in your classes, and you form friend groups that all have at least one kind of common interest together. In that way, there is absolutely a huge sense of community at Northeastern, and it’s extremely easy to be involved with these groups. You can join whatever you’d like, and the good thing about being at such a large school is that we have over 330 clubs, so you’ll absolutely find something you do like.
As for academic rigor—yes the courses are tough. It’s college, classes are pretty hard, and there’s a lot of studying and school work that needs to be done. However, the key is to find some balance between studying and other activities. Sure you could stay in every night and studying for the next test, but do you need to? Well that’s kind of your decision, in a way it’s a lot of what being at college is really about. As for me, I’ve never had school work interfere with social events or clubs or activities or anything, so coming from my perspective, you should be able to fit everything in. Put it this way, if you don’t have time to do everything you want to do, then change it! That’s what being away at college is all about.