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| I would not trade my Iowa experience for anything, even though it wasn't perfect. True, it was hard going to such a party school when I'm not a big partier, but I worked hard to find other stuff to do--and if you do that, you will find it. Trust me. It's hard work, but you will find cultural events, musical events, art events, etc...|
Now, onto the school: I was in the Creative Writing Undergrad Program and a Cinema minor and 90% of my teachers truly cared about students, were available to us, and made the material engaging. You should know that UI is a "research" university, which means they have grad students teaching classes as part of their grad program. Grad students, I find, often try harder than professors simply because they have to, so don't let this deter you. The liberal arts programs are filled with passionate faculty and students. I can't think of any "bad" program at Iowa--they work hard to keep everything top quality.
I'm not proud of all the attention the school gives to the football team, but I will say I prefer a lively college town to a boring one, and football certainly keeps that alive. Like I said, though, if you work hard to find other things to do, you will. It probably won't happen overnight though.
UI has an absolutely beautiful campus. I liked how the academic buildings are mixed in with the commercial buildings (cafes, bookstores, bars, etc) It made for a tight knit community. A lot of good bands and authors come through IC for performances and readings. Pay attention to flyers on campus and check the UI calendar for stuff to do. The dorms are very nice and the cafeteria isn't anything special but better than other college food I've tried.You will get out of this school what you put in. There are slackers taking easy classes and skating by on athletic scholarships, and there are also insanely smart people who deserve to be there and are doing great things. It's not as diverse as, say, Chicago, but it's definitely diverse for Iowa.
|Mar 27 2013|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I am from Boston and Iowa City is BORING as anything. However, people who grew up in the Midwest did not think so. Actually, native midwesterners liked Iowa City a lot. The town itself (it's not a city, I don't care itself what they say) is clean and very family-friendly. It's not the best place to be as a young, single grad student.|
The professors are the best in their fields and the people there are friendly, sometimes too much so. You will make friends quickly.I left because I hate Iowa as a place to live. I need more excitement in my life. Also, moving back to Boston, the only responses I get from people are "Iowa? Really? Why?" That can't be good.
|Mar 12 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
|Not so bright|
| Firstly, I should mention that I grew up in Iowa City and decided to come here because of the cheap in-state tuition, despite my parents saying they would help pay for out-of-state tuition had I wanted to attend another university. Iowa also has a decent reputation, so I figured why not? I can honestly say I regret NOT taking them up on this offer and getting the hell out of here.|
I'm a psych major, but the work I've needed to do for my psych classes is not college-grade material by any means. In a lot of my classes we've had to do assignment that are about as difficult (or even less so) as assignments that I received in high school classes. Gen ed. classes are a joke - they're a complete waste of time. The only thing Gen ed's have done for me is lower my gpa because I had one very hard logics class and one hard anthropology class that were ridiculously difficult. For my major's classes though, I've gotten straight A's. I've only had two good TA's, and they were for rhetoric and my interpretation of lit class, which do not have lectures. All the classes I've had lectures from have been taught by GRAD STUDENTS and not actual professors, and have been quite annoying. Everyone I talk to here is at a point in their education where they still don't know what they want to do, don't try hard at all, and don't really care about getting better than a C average so they don't get put on academic probation.
The ONLY thing people do here for fun is DRINK. THAT'S IT. No matter what ANYONE SAYS - drinking is the whole social scene of this city. I grew up with it, but had some notion that I could still have fun without having to go out or get drunk all the time. This turned out to be false. The places and things that are fun your first year get very boring very quickly. If you didn't become part of a tight-knit social group your freshman year, it is near impossible to make friends.
I absolutely CANNOT stand the annoying Chicago kids that come here and act like the run the city. It is the most annoying and condescending about social life and friend-making here in Iowa City.Don't come here unless you are going into writing, journalism, nursing, or engineering, or unless you really like to drink...like a lot. I'm actually transferring next year, and I have absolutely NO qualms about it.
|Jan 16 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |