The University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut - Comments and Student Experiences|
I was the first in my family to graduate college, so my dependence upon the school system for the advice and support other kids get from their college educated parents is also a great influence on my past expereince and present opinion of that experience.
The university has undergone a tremendous revitalization which was only just beginning when I was about to leave. From my perspective, the final results are quite positive, at least structurally and aesthetically. Beyond that, I really doubt much else has changed.
Admittedly, the sports program was subperb during my years there, and provided most of the socialization/entertainment opportunities for an isolated school in a beautiful, rural setting. I believe that my educational experience was wonderful, despite the fact that individualized attention is lacking at such a big school. Encouragement and information regarding future academic and/or career planning was "severely" lacking. As a minority student, I found that the cultural clubs were my only lifeboat, as well as another mode of social understanding of the "real world". Both of of these are things which are a necessity in a big campus atmosphere with such a diverse student body (culturally, economically, and racially speaking).
The unfortunate coolness of the school's atmosphere was diretly due to its large campus size and rural, northeastern CT location. That same physical largeness of the school left me filled with a sense of loss, and regrets about the lack of individualized attention I believe I would have otherwise received at an Ivy League, or at least at a smaller, private school. Tnere was no one there to point out the advantages of, or even method for, planning for grad school during my undergrad years. If I had it all to do over again, I'd have skipped the scholarship and opted for a small/private school, despite the fact that I'd have to pay back the loans required later. I stumbled across this site as I began planning for my four years old child's future. I definitely plan to use my own experience to guide and encourage him towards a smaller and/or private educational experience. He, at least, will have the benefit of my own knowledge about the college experience to make better decisions on his choices for a college education.