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| April 2009 will be the end of my first year at Georgia State. I have to say, when I first visited Georgia State, I was very impressed with both the facilities(e.g. library, rec center, b ball arena, performing arts theatre and recital hall) and the students (VERY diverse). I entered into GSU as a music ed. student and I can honestly say that at first, I enjoyed my experience because college was very new to me. But things seemed to fall apart soon after. If youre looking for a traditional college experience with fraternities, sororities, manicured lawns, and school pride, then GSU probably is not the place for you. The reason why I chose GSU is because there nationally recognized music program. Although the program is very challenging and the teachers are very well qualified, the students at this school are very snooty and clique-ish. Rather than working with their fellow students, they constantly have an air of selfish competition (e.g. having the attitude that they always have to out-perform the other students). They make it very hard to be accepted and to make friends at this school. You are constantly being judged. I have been here for almost a year now and I have yet to make one true friend at this school. The SOM teachers also have their favorites. Basically, if you dont constantly kiss up to them, you just get passed by. Otherwise, GSU is a pretty decent school. Although there are some downfalls to GSU, the school is constantly changing and getting better as each day goes by. New construction projects are going on everywhere, adding to the already gigantic campus. Some projects include new freshman dorms, a science center, and frat./sor. housing (in order to accomodate the 30,000+ students that go here). GSU also has the largest student housing complex in the US (the University Commons which is 15 stories tall). We also have a new football team which is slated to begin playing in 2010 along with the marching band. Yes, GSU has alot of cons. But then again, there are many pluses. In my case, Im just making the best of it, for I know things will improve in time. With all these new changes occuring in and around campus, GSU will soon be the Penn State of the South and will probably overtake UGA in about 10 years. The most important thing is to thouroughly do your research before making such a huge commitment of both you and your parents money and time. |
|Mar 12 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Do not expect this to be your typical grass-quad, tree walkway kind of campus.. because for one, it isn't really a campus. there's a lot of confusion within it because of all the buildings being old and attached together so it's hard to distinguish between which building is which without having a map. thank goodness for all the huge signs painted on the walls and above doorways to let you know which building you're entering.|
do not stay on this campus past 9pm, and if you do, make sure you're not alone. the campus is in the heart of downtown Atlanta and frankly, there are a lot of bums and crazy people that walk around the area when it's deserted, so make sure you have the GSU Police phone number on hand.
be aware that atlanta has a huge african-american population, so GSU will definitely give you a good dose of it. i say this half-sarcastically because it means that pretty much all your culture on campus is going to come from the african-american community. which is fine if no other culture is willing to give their share, but it does get kind of alienating when you're not into rap or like looking at half-naked women on the club invitations handed out to you based on your looks.
if you have asthma or other breathing problems, don't ever be out on the courtyard during the peak afternoon hours. people in the city absolutely love to smoke. there are cigarette bums littered on every piece of concrete, ash spots, and even special trash cans for them. there's no point in asking them if they could step away either; they'll just look at you, scoff, and drag away.
i'd say if you're not on the HOPE scholarship or into a specific offered only at GSU, take your money elsewhere and get a better campus experience, especially if you're already from metro georgia~
|Apr 22 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I think that Accounting should not be so group orientated. It really causes a strain. I feel that if you know the concepts and principles and you can past test that is really all that should be needed. I am not saying no group work- just less. It becomes a strain when you are set into groups and people are constantly dropping out . So you have to regroup. Not necessary. It causes stressful teachers and students. |
|Apr 11 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |