California State University - Northridge
California State University - Northridge - Comments and Student Experiences|
I came here from a small, private high school, and when I told my parents that I had no idea of what I wanted to major in, they advised me to either take a year off or go to CSUN. I went to CSUN for two semesters before transferring to a small, liberal arts college to study biology (I now work have a career in environmental management), and let me assure you, the difference in the quality of education, students, facilities and career prospects between the two schools was night and day.
CSUN is a public university that will take just about anyone, and most students here don't care at all. They don't do their homework, come up with excuses, and are late to class, which is distracting to anyone who cares about their education. Some say that working takes up time, but hey, I also had an on campus job, and I made the time. Also, there is a strong anti-white sentiment on campus (and whites are not the majority here), so you'll become accustomed to be hated on.
Some professors here really care, but others are downright racist and will favor students of their own background. Don't think that the Asian professors don't think more highly of other Asians. This is completely obvious and unfair. Other professors seem burned out from the students and just want to leave. This is a contrast to the liberal arts university that I attended, where professors were kind, loved teaching, and bent over backwards to help students.
Finally, due to budget cuts, it takes people forever to leave this university. A four year degree will take 6 years or more, and, guess what, an education here simply isn't worth the cost. It's basically a school that doesn't foster critical thinking, and might just condemn it's students to shitty jobs.
Come here for one year, maybe two tops, then transfer.
Having spent time as a student and guest to multiple Universities in California it is shocking to find there is a school as high-profile as this one that actively seeks to undermine its ability to make students feel like they are free to pursue their education without having to worry about being physically assaulted by other students or things possibly even worse.
The GPA held by the writer of this review is a 3.0 . It would seem that a student who manages to maintain such a GPA would be given the space to perform with little incident. Instead, there seems to be justification given by certain members of the academic student body to violate the physical space or well-being of other students. It should go without saying that saying disrespectful things to a complete stranger or using one's own person to attempt to incite violence should be grounds for expulsion. This behavior has been tolerated for well over two years since this writer's admission .
Another obstacle at CSUN is what appears to be a tolerance of people that are possibly mentally challenged. Whether such individuals are students or not is unclear. What can be said, is that the school tolerates the verbal abuse of guests on campus that verbally harass and molest other students either because they need serious attention, or because they are given free reign to do so without consequence.
Lastly there are scams targeted at gullible students simply trying to complete their education. Scams signed by officials working in various departments, officials that will remain unnamed, who have taken the liberty of exploiting the implications of their posts in order to take full advantage of students' trust for them. These officials do not make themselves available to meet the students that they are scamming and instead, make every effort to avoid them at all costs but their own. This is not a commentary on the availability of courses within a certain time frame ( a fair but common complaint ) but instead, an old-fashioned scam designed specifically to take a student's money and give them nothing in return . This isn't about tuition; it's about manipulation.
The author of this comment is African American. If a ten dollar bill appeared every time the author was provoked or challenged by a complete stranger on the street this author would be wealthy . What is shocking is that this author is being provoked on a college campus; a place that is expected to be a safer haven than the ugly realities of the world outside it. If CSUN wishes to portray itself as a beacon of crime and a reflection of the ugliness just beyond its on-campus dorms then it should be satisfied by what has been written here.
Initially I had only intended to comment on the insecurities of my professors in the face of educated and willing Black students but since lately the efforts of not only its guests or certain members of the student body but also its upper level officials to engage in underhanded money scams and attempts of incitement I decided to alter this comment to suit my most recent experiences. I hope that those who have experienced this may find solace in reading this review. And hopefully those other individuals who find this threatening take into consideration the privacy of others who want nothing to do with you.