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| I graduated from UCF in the Fall 2008 at the beginning of the recession. Unfortunately, like most recent graduates, I had to move back home with student loans that were starting to mature. Initially, I got some responses from prospective employers but no interviews, and I finally decided to study and take the EIT/FE exam to hopefully help my chances of getting a job. I put a good deal of time and effort into studying for the exam, took the exam, and I passed. |
Its been over five years now and I couldn't even get an interview let alone a job.
I knew an aerospace engineer, high GPA and honor student, who graduated around the same time I did and is in the same predicament. In retrospect I regret going into engineering at UCF and putting the time and money (student loans)into a degree that, in terms of getting a job, is worthless.
During my time there I spent two years applying for internships through the CO-OP office and couldn't even get a single interview, and I knew lots of people who got the same results.
There is opportunity for students at UCF, and I knew kids who got engineering jobs. The main problem with most schools is the fact that they don't educate incoming students on what they need to do academically (ie. level of studying and workload) and internship wise to succeed. I had no idea about the level of competition there was for internships, or the fact that you need to be associated with a research program to help develop contacts for possible job leads.
I hate people who read reviews like these and say, "Well, that's your responsibility". I disagree. Yes, its my responsibility to do well in school and try to make an attempt to gain practical experience. However, is it too much to ask of the administration at UCF to have a brief talk with incoming students and give them a run down on what it takes to actually get a job with the degrees they soon will be putting a substantial amount of time and effort for?
Anyways, I know there are a lot of kids at UCF who, like me, are trying to make something of themselves, and I hope they do succeed. The problem is the fact that too many won't succeed, and they'll probably wind up in debt with no future prospects. If you're considering this school, please be careful, and make sure you have a clear understanding of the expectations required of you to be successful in your field of study.
|Jan 26 2014|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Anyone who says bluntly negative things about UCF is either self absorbed (And sour that they didn't get into UF) anti-social (And bored of the social scene, because they AREN'T involved in it) or just snotty and expect things to be handed to them without hard work (Also an option). I came to UCF as an out of state student, and I have to tell you, it's the best choice I've ever made. Everyday of my life, I thank my lucky stars that I chose this school over others, because it has been the best thing I could have done for myself. For people who think that UCF is a commuter school, or that it's not highly respected-you're leaving under the rock that Florida has blinded you with. It's no longer about UF, or FSU...sorry to say, gators, but your days of glory are coming to an end. Your football program is hitting rock bottom, and without your football teams, you're academically average schools with ugly (UF) to okay (FSU) campuses it, frankly, really lack luster areas. UCF is rightfully taking the throne now, and high respect should be given to this university that is ONLY 60 years old. It's insane how much success UCF has had in this amount of years, that by the time I graduate (Three years) it will be the TOP university in the state of Florida, and have high respect from other states (It already does, for the record). UCF is a HUGE school, yes, but with a social scene that is something to be proud of. We have every kind of student you can imagine, and if you can't find a solid group of friends at this school, there's something wrong with you. From students who were born and raised in Orlando, to Chicago students, to my Jamaican friend that sits next to me in computer science, the diversity is top notch. The people here are SO friendly IF you're smart about it. Sorry to say, but at UCF, the snotty people you will come across is Greek life. If that's your jar of pickles, have at it-if it's not, they're easier to ignore. Beyond sorority girls who are worried about their designer bags, and frat guys who think they can chug a whole keg, everyone I have been here has been very nice. I'm a girl who didn't have many friends in high school (I kept to myself) Here, I have the most amazing group of friends, and we have a blast. Yes, UCF knows how to party (What do you expect being so close to Orlando) but there's a bunch to do beyond that. For those that say there's no school spirit-please. We're ranked top 21 in the nation (Can you guess who isn't even in the rankings? The gators? Sorry not sorry). Our team is GREAT this year, and they're only getting better. We know how to tailgate, we know how to get pumped up, and we stay at the game rain or shine, winning or losing, and proudly represent Blake and Gold. Our academics are awesome-I have loved EVERY one of my teachers, and even in huge lecture halls, I STILL didn't feel like a number. I have done better here, academically, then I ever did in High School-the professors here are vibrant, passionate, and want you to succeed. If you approach them, they will help, but that's your job. The campus is BEAUTIFUL. In comparison to FSU's tight campus, that is building to building with run down dorms and classrooms, and UF's brick jail looking campus with a HORRIBLE layout, UCF is GORGEOUS. A HUGE campus, but so easy to navigate (UCF thinks ahead, other then these other schools)always clean and kept well, best campus I've ever laid my eyes on. I always feel very safe on campus, and as a female, feel comfortable taking night walks and what not. Times have changed, and UCF has changed-it's quickly surpassing every other University and Florida, and becoming nationally recognized. There are some draw backs, of course, but that's the case with EVERY college. College is what you make of it, and if you just complain about everything, are anti-social, and expect everything to be handed to you, come easy, and don't focus on school (Most of the negative reviews on here). That's your fault-not the colleges. If you pick UCF, you won't regret it. |
|Oct 24 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| UCF is no longer a second rate school. It has become the second most competitive public university for admissions in Florida after UF. Since the medical school opened, UCF has tried to make the related undergrad biomedical sciences more advanced and difficult. Two problems: 1) We now have many classes that are ridiculously impossible. When there is a 30% curve automatically on the syllabus, and even with that the class average of 300 students is a D/C, I think it's safe to say you are not testing in a manner reflective of what is being taught. The second problem is most of the science professors are too busy with their research and treat students like a burden. Their office hours might be located off campus at research facilities, and they are in the middle of stuff when you try to see them. The last thing is almost ll of them do not speak English as a first language. Many middle eastern or asian science professors, so often times you will have no clue what they are saying anyway or take notes with lots of blanks for words you couldn't make out due to the accents. Nonetheless, UCF has come a long way in the science fields, and is 100 times more advanced than many people familiar with UCF of the 80's and 90's realize. This is not a school second rate compared to say, USF or UNF, in fact it is significantly better than them. |
|Sep 11 2013|| 5th Year Female --
Class 2013 |