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| I had two fun years as a undergraduate and two more years getting my teaching credential. The fun you will have will depend on meeting people. It is true that on Friday afternoons many on-campus students go home for the weekend (as did I only growing up about an hour and a half from Rohnert Park). There were plenty of parties in my dorm (Merlot), especially on Thursday nights. I met many great friends and had the best time of my life (so far at least). |
I knew many people who smoked pot and got drunk, but no more than the average college. I never felt any pressure to get high and nobody really cared. Most of my friends played the usual card drinking games and things did not get out of hand.
The campus is easy to get around and the library and workout center are excellent. I enjoyed most of my professors and the classes were pretty engaging. The work was easy for me and I was rarely overwhelmed with work. The Credential Program was decent, but could have prepared me better for a teaching job.
The basketball games are one of the few sports that draw decent crowds. They are a lot of fun. I was in the Geography Club and the Newman Club (Cathloic Club). I also played intramural basketball and volleyball. If you are over 21, the wine tasting up in the Healdsburg area is great and usually free!
Rohnert Park is a boring city. They have grocery stores and some restaurants. Santa Rosa and Petaluma have a few clubs and bars to hang out at. Friar Tucks in Cotati is one of the few bars nearby. Sonoma State is no more boring than most of the CSU campuses (with the exception of Chico and Cal Poly SLO). Go to SF State on a Saturday night. It's downright depressing. If you are male, Sonoma has an abundance of hot women. Every friend that visited me commented about all the hot women. Go to Sonoma if for no other reason. The campus has all the diversity propaganda, but most if the students are white kids from the 'burbs (as was I). If ethnic diversity is important to you, maybe SF State or San Jose State is a better choice. I would definitely recommend Sonoma State.
|Aug 18 2010|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 1996 |
| Don't go to Sonoma unless you plan on joining a sorority/fraternity. There nothing going on at campus, and most of the people are guys that wear "Famous" and drove lifted trucks. Most of the professors are pretty smart and care about the students, but some are pretty arrogant. |
|Aug 08 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Only go to this SSU if there is a specific program that excites you. The social life is awful. Student moral is very low. Rohnert Park is by all means an armpit community that belongs the south or the midwest. Some professors are wonderful but most are middle of the road. I had a mathematics professor that had a stuttering problem and was unable at the time to follow what he was saying. An english TA even told me that I should attend another school because SSU was a shitty place to get an education. Mel Graves was a great teacher in the music program but he has since passed away RIP.|
Most people at SSU seemed depressed and they did not want to be there. The local police refered to my friends and I as transient citizens. Everyone I knew including myself was kicked out of the dorms by the end of the year because the campus cops created a police state atmosphere.
If I were to do it all over again I would have gone out into the real world, worked for a while, go to a JC and then attend a respectable University. In fact that is exactly what I did after graduating from SSU. Now I am a mechanical engineering student at UT Austin.The main thing that I came away with from SSU is to listen to yourself. Don't beat your head against the wall by doing something you hate everyday. If you go here make sure you are in a program you love right off the bat so you are not wasting your time and realize that this school will not provide a typical American college experience.
| Starting Job: UT Austin ME student, Preparedness: D, Reputation: - |
|Jun 01 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |