Now that I am finally done with school. I think it is now time for me to talk about my overall experience at Barry. I was a transfer student coming from FIU so I was here for only 3 years. I don't consider the experience nearly as good as FIU, but I was doing better at Barry academic wise. It made me worked alot harder as opposed to the laidback, relaxed vibe I was feeling at FIU.
My first year at Barry was just fine. I was doing really really well. The people I encountered were really nice and friendly. I met some really nice, helpful people. Then around my second year, things started to change. I was starting to feel like I was really losing passion and excitement. I was getting really tired of school and just wanted out. The classes I took this year were extremely harder and I ended up not doing well in those classes.
Third year, I was able to bounce back and do better, but unfortunately this would be the time when I really started to see certain people's true colors and know who my friends really are. They were people (fake people) that were against me and had tried to pulled me down. They had no regard for other people's feelings at all. They were downright, the most selfish little twats I ever encountered. Not even the people at FIU were like that. No one was ever accusing me of things and giving me such a hard time there. My last semester there was even ALOT worse than all my years there and FIU combined!!!! I had to work my hardest through sweat and tears while dealing with the most spiteful, ignorant people yet! One acting like she's smarter than everyone and expects you to keep up with her...while this guy just acts like a whiny little bitch who won't stop bringing up my past mistake. It just shows you not everyone actually MATURES in college. Some can still have that high school mentality when they get here. I've far seen better, mature people at FIU. These experiences made me realize did I really made the right choice of giving up FIU for Barry??? Even if I had better experiences at FIU, it was flawed in some areas but at its worst it still outshines Barry every step of the way!
Let's start with Academics...I think Barry is on par with FIU when it comes to teachers who really are NOT good in teaching students to help them better understand the subject, but I'll give Barry this, at least they allow academic advisors to keep up with their students when making any progresses in their classes. It is REQUIRED that you see your academic advisor before registering for classes and they will give out a notice if you are in danger of failing your classes. FIU wasn't like that. Also, I think Barry has more interesting academic programs/classes like Photography, Criminology, and Latino Literature, but I was a bit dissatisfied that Barry does not offer online classes or online tutoring services like FIU.
Location...lmao, where Barry is located is a joke. It's in some mediocre, ghetto looking neighborhood where crime is just waiting to be happen. I look at the school's newspaper and I would read things like how people have been breaking into people's dorms and stealing personal items. The letters from the "BARRY" sign has been stolen a few times. FIU's location is a GAZILLION times better plus it's nearby the beautiful Biscayne Bay.
Transportation?I like how the buses conveniently enters the campus on FIU. As soon as you walk out of class, they are RIGHT there. Since Barry is smaller, I would have to walk alot further from my classes to be at the bus stop. Campus Dining..Got NOTHING on FIU?enough said.
Facilities..FIU has much cleaner bathrooms and libraries than Barry. You won?t see any disgusting, immaturish graffiti or gum on the desks. It's like being in high school. Computer Lab?the printing services at FIU are better because I only had to swipe my ID card to get things printed. It?s quite different with Barry. They don?t allow students to swipe their cards to get things printed so I just do it mostly at home.
Atmosphere?I like how Barry is much smaller and has smaller classes. The science classes I took were mostly held in a big auditorium. I even had to take a Statistics class in an auditorium. Atmosphere?I think FIU has a more pleasant environment. I can?t remember seeing that much smokers on campus like at Barry. It?s truly annoying. And FIU provided better benches outside where students can relax and study. Theirs were more porch like style with a shade above it. That?s very good because it could get very hot during the daytime.
In conclusion, FIU pretty much beats Barry in everything except class size, diversity, and academic programs. Let me say this, I would recommend Barry for smaller class sizes but would recommend FIU for everything else....