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| Let me say that I completely agree with the other positives! Here's my story. I was a double major at SFSU in Music and Hospitality Management (entrepreneurial). Got out in 4 years, so it can be done BUT you have to work, yes work. 80% of the professors/teachers that I had were amazing and inspirational and I still keep in touch with a few. I had TONS of friends ( I would definitely spend at least the first year on campus). I never had a problem getting the classes I needed and if something wasn't available I asked for a possible substitution from my advisors(hot tip). My Undergrad advisor became "my best friend" and if you are organized about what you want out of college they can be super helpful. San Francisco is an amazing city with loads of opportunities if you go find them and take advantage. I personally viewed college as my chance to learn,grow,get out and have a job that I love! I did not sit around whining about this and that. It is a fairly small campus which is awesome because you can roll out a bed and be at ANY class in 10 mins flat (don't underestimate that!). As for the party school, there were plenty of "parties" on campus buy WHY party on campus when you have this amazing city and nightlife a muni ride away. If you have the expectation that YOU control your destiny, then attend SFSU and take advantage of all the city and school has to offer. If you want your COLLEGE to control your destiny by all means go elsewhere..... |
|Jan 01 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| When I was searching for schools to go to in high school I would always try to look up reviews online. When I got accepted to SFSU I started to look more in depth, and I felt like a ton of the comments were so negative and made SFSU seem like a miniature, social life-less community college. I came here anyway, and I can say that it is so the opposite! I don't know who the people posting reviews were, but obviously they weren't very proactive or social creatures. If you are going to come here as a freshman, you should really try to get on campus housing, however. I live in Mary Ward and have made so many friends, and had so many experiences that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. In the case that you don't get housing though, don't think it is the end of the world. I know and hangout with a lot of people who live off-campus, and not only is it fun to get off campus, but you also have a place to throw a party too! Speaking of getting off-campus, DO IT. Ride the muni downtown to the city. It is one of the best places to live, take advantage of that! Also, please go to Golden Gate Park. Please. |
With the social life aside, San Francisco State's academics are pretty cool too. Most students that go here are aware that it is a safety school for most, and that a lot of us are just Berkeley's rejects. HOWEVER, SF state has a lot of things to be proud of and a lot of challenging and enlightening classes, if you choose to take them. The professors are awesome as well, and offer a lot of hands on experience and field trips. (Science classes especially) The atmosphere rules, and most of the people, students and professors, are ridiculously open-minded and into actually experiencing life. You'll soon learn that the campus is really tiny, you can get from one end to another in 10 minutes. It's pretty convenient. The city of San Francisco is beautiful and amazing, and the academics are challenging but not so much that you will break out because of stress. It is a really nice place to live and go to school. Don't be discouraged by negative reviews. SFSU, like every other place, is what you make it.
|Apr 06 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
Here is my overview:|
THIS IS NOT A PARTY SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT come here with the expectation to be partying on campus! Everyone here just has small kickbacks at the dorms/park mereced or they hang out in the designated smoking areas.
However, there is the wonderful city just a bus/muni ride away. There are tons of things to do in the city for 18+ and 21 +. Just know if you're planning on going here MAKE SURE you go into the city! The city has stuff for everyone: beautiful nature, the beach, clubs, a zoo, haight street, free/cheap concerts/museums, etc. Just get on the bart/muni/bus and explore.
Here is my suggestion to incoming freshmen: live in the mary park or mary ward!! You can move into the towers or the village second semester or sophomore year. But the towers/village get really lonely and most people just hole up in their apartments. If you live in the mary park/ward dorms people hang out in their lounge together and it is much easier to make friends.
At the beginning of the semester read over your class syllabus and calendar carefully. Teachers usually highlight important dates and how they will be grading their students. Most teachers here are very friendly and make time for students (however, I highly suggest using ratemyproffesor.com to find a good teacher).
My bike was stolen so make sure you get a good bike lock!
The budget cuts have lead to increases in tuition, which really sucks. However, state schools are always cheaper than UCs/privates so just try apply for as much aid/scholarship money as you can get.
I suggest renting books not buying them.
It is cold here so bring lots of sweaters!!
The only places to eat here are the cafeteria (good for breakfast), really bad Mexican food, and pizza.
Lastly there are a ton of things (besides partying) you can do on campus there are free art shows, movie showings, music performances, clubs, sports teams, a nice pool, etc.The best thing I can tell you is that SF State is a fast pace school. You CAN'T sit around and wait for something to happen! If you are proactive and you will have a great time :D
|Nov 30 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |