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| My college has only slightly helped me, it was the job experience that has really boosted my career. I happened to know my previous boss through the restaurant I worked at. She decided to hire me part time in the laboratory because I had a degree in Microbiology and she needed someone. She also saw how hard I worked in the restaurant and was hoping I would apply that to the lab. I did and she helped me obtain my current job in Miami. The moral of the story is that in college it's more about the connections you make and the people you meet not about the actual education. I looked for two years after college before getting a job in my major, most employers required at least 2 years experience in a lab or a Masters degree. My suggestion would be to do internships over the summer and go on to obtain your Master's. |
|Nov 13 2007|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I came to IU as a direct admit art major. I wanted to try out a four-year university as opposed to an art school because I wasn't sure of my commitment to the visual arts. (I still loved exploring other subjects!) After a year, I have decided to transfer to an art school. |
Bloomington is a SMALL TOWN. The campus is beautiful, and it may seem quaint over the course of a weekend, but it starts to feel stifling the second you settle in. I went to a couple pretty memorable parties my first semester, but after a while the party scene felt dry and routine. There's not much else to do outside of that. There are several nice restaurants and performances to go to, but you really can't ESCAPE campus. You start to feel like you're living in some biodome with a completely controlled population. This puts a sort of summer camp spin on IU, and for many people, that's a huge downside.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PURSUE THE ARTS:
The art school here is very small and the talent level is not that high. If you're going for a painting major, you'll be fine, but outside of that you may want to rethink your college choices. There are a handful of very talented students, but for the most part, you'll find a lot of kids who see Studio Art as a "last resort" major. (Second only to Psychology, sadly.) Also, if you're interested in any mediums outside the traditional 5 (Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Ceramics) such as Illustration, Visual Communication, or Computer Graphics, please, please don't waste your time coming here. There are only a handful of classes that somewhat cater to these fields, and they're so new and shaky that you'll get nothing done.I haven't hated my time at IU by any means, but I have felt restless and somewhat uninspired by my peers. The Folklore and Gender Studies departments are worth checking out, and again, if you're into painting, this is a great university for that.
|Feb 05 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| There are plenty of opportunities to make IU what you want it. I have friends who did not join a fraternity and those who did and all have had a good time although not all made it to get their walking papers (I am in the third category of spending limited time as a member of a fraternity that was focefully removed from campus). IU is worth it if you pay in-state tuition, but I wouldn't recommend paying out of state costs (unless mommy and daddy are buying; sorry I just finished my deferment period). There are some majors that are easy such as Business, SPEA, Telecom, etc. but if you major in a hard science you will be in for a decent challenge. Many of my friends transferred in from community colleges and could not make it in IU's classes although at times they could not make it TO the classes. For those of you who want a challenge, follow my lead and get over a 1350 on the SAT or graduate in the top 5% of your class and enter the honors college. If you go through this program, you are in classes with a similar caliber of students and your discussion groups are taught by the actual professor rather than the TA. Bottom line if your some nerd who lives on the internet moping about how all the arrogant rich kids don't like him and the girls won't give it up that will be the experience you associate with this place. Get out and live instead of complaining and wondering what never was!! |
|Jul 27 2004|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2004 |