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| Everything I was told about this university proved itsself to be the exact opposite. |
Only two teachers I found to be cool or supportive of creativity in art students. Everywhere I went, on campus and off I would get harassed and even in class (the other student made a death threat and the school did nothing whatsoever).
What makes this school terrible though is how underfunded and lousy every department is. They slash budgets, eliminate programs but still find the money to repave with cobble stone and put in with offensive mission style signs for the school. The prioties of the administration are skewed and students are last on that list.
The Teachers are generally rude, lazy/sloppy and apathetic while their departments are completed unorganized and you'll find yourself endlessly frustrated by how each of your teachers from the same department will contradict eachother when you try to introduce ideas from one to the next. IT seems they are either fighting each other or just haven't had any discussions for any sort of cohesion between eachother's classes whatsoever.
They are supposed to be progressive but their student store uses sweatshop produced materials and their cafeteria serves deep-fried greasy garbage that will put pounds on you and is anything but healthy.
The Humboldt county environment is supposed to be openminded, friendly, easygoing, but in reality the people espouse the attitude of p.c. thugs, or liberal fascists, they are far too extreme. The locals hate everyone who isn't "one of them" and will rob you blind \i've never been ripped off more times in my entire life than living there in one year). This school will not prepare you for life outside of HUmboldt county and everyone i've known who has graduated does not have a success story. It's best to go to the only community college there or find any other cal state to attend. Unless you are a braindead hick and/or stoner you don't belong here.
|Jan 25 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| The school is beautiful (smack-dab in the middle of the forest). The professors that I have met at Humboldt State were (by far) some of the most wonderful educators that I have come across. Most of them really want to mentor their students and go out of their way to help you. Unfortunately, that is where the good things stop. This college is definitely what you make of it, but your options for socializing generally include smoking in the gazebos, consuming copious amounts of alcohol or getting stoned in the forest. That's right, folks. The rumors are true. April 20th is literally a holiday here, complete with a festival in Redwood Park.|
While the professors are awesome, the classes themselves are easy because they have to teach to the lowest common denominator (and there are a lot of those here). For someone who needs to be challenged academically, this is definitely NOT the place to go.
For the students that are from large cities (or Southern California): be aware that coming up here will give you complete culture shock. It rains A LOT. You will regularly see hitchhikers, hippies and more white people with dreadlocks than you could ever imagine. The pace of life is incredibly slow (and so is financial aid), the public transportation is somewhat lacking and there isn't much culture unless it involves drugs, alcohol or drum circles (which conveniently has both). Nightlife? Hah!This is my final warning: if you are a minority, be especially aware that this is a rural area, where the locals (and some of the students) will be about as ignorant as they can get. Most of us can't walk around the streets without being stared at and many of the students that come from small towns will say some things that are so rediculous that you will want to punch them out. They look at us as oddities and will treat us accordingly. While there is a multicultural centre and clubs that operate out of it, the most they can do is provide a safe space for us to bitch and moan. The rest of the community really doesn't care.
|Dec 26 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |