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| I came here because...here is the deal: if someone else is paying for undergraduate education, an in-state school is the way to go. Why? Undergraduate degrees are basically worthless. I am an in-state student, but would never have gone to Purdue because...gross, very conservative and West Lafayette sucks. I did however get into both Rutgers and NYU. Both considerably more expensive than IU, obviously. So I came here, believing this would give me opportunities to learn and grow. However, that has not been my experience. I will say that I do not think it would be any better at any other university - but I can only speak for IU. IU is bureaucratic. As described by one of the few (very few) competent professors I have had here...administration sits up first class toasting with the finest champagne. It's great for them...and they hope us flying in coach are having a good time too, but "too bad, so sad" if we are not. I started as an English and Business major (I lasted a semester). In the English major, I couldn't believe the emphasis on poetry. Poetry. Can you imagine anything more worthless? I wanted to do creative writing, fiction. "Too bad, so sad" my advisor said. The degree is designed to squeeze money out of the bunch of students (guaranteed to show up every year) who have no clue what they want to do with their lives. The professors are pretentious snobs - and they make what 30K a year? Good for them, can you really call that success? No way. Meanwhile Kelley School of Business treats you like a progeny - but the reality is that unless you want to stay in the Midwest - good luck - that's all I can tell you. I never intended to stay in the Midwest - even Chicago would feel like unnecessary settlement. It's NY, LA, or San Fran or death. I mean that. But Kelley grads don't get jobs in those cities. Chicago is bloated with Kelley grads - but I'm not working my ass off to work in Chicago. The degree is ALL pain, NO gain. I switched to Journalism (advertising concentration) with a Theatre/Drama second concentration/minor. There a things I enjoy about it - however what technically sounds good on paper - doesn't function properly within these degrees. We have a few (very few) competent professors in the Journalism degree. Most of the "core courses" are useless, "busy work" bullshit classes. J110, J155, J200 all a BIG waste of my time. Especially J110 - Jeffery Cannon, a professor at this school is a regular professor for J110 and he is HORRIFICALLY bad. Imagine the worst professor possible and multiply it by 20. Yes, I'm not exaggerating. Theatre department is good - but is bloated with pretentious professors and students alike. People who like theatre because it's fun (it is, make no mistake - or at least it should be) are sometimes shown the door. Some professors should just post a sign on their door - serious thespians only. Just because I don't know all the Shakespearean terms, doesn't mean I can't enjoy theatre. Most of the good roles in the productions are reserved for MFA's. They say "no role is precast," but this of course isn't true as the same five-six actors fill the same roles every semester (and summer). I don't begrudge them for that - they deserve them - they paid for it after all. |
|Nov 19 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| IU is a very beautiful school, campus is gorgeous to say the least, but when pertaining to diversity their is a 4% black population which should have been an immediate red flag for me. I love diversity because it coincides with diverse thought, but when you are surrounded by a huge institution with others that can't relate to you, it's a very depressing feeling. |
|May 31 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Now that I'm a Junior, I finally feel as if I can write an adequate review of IU. While the school has some positive aspects, if I could do it all over again, I would not have attended IU. |
Campus: Honestly, this is why I chose to come here. It's beautiful. No matter what the weather, I am still constantly surprised at how gorgeous this place is. It looks and feels like "college." The town is really cute, but unless you have a bunch of money to spend every weekend, you probably won't be able to take advantage of it.
Academics: It feels like high school. Even in upper level English classes (10-15 students), I am not being challenged. I've worked with graduate faculty, and they just have not lived up to my expectations. That being said, there are some wonderful professors here. But one great professor every year does not make up for the others. There is a ton of busy work, and even when you personally meet with your professors, you don't feel as if you're an individual. I am also a Psychology major, and these classes are definitely disappointing. All large lectures, the professors are all focused on their research, you can just read the book and come in for the exam and get straight As. Nice if you're into that, but it's not what I was looking for.
Student Body: I think this is the most disappointing part of IU. Yes, there are intelligent, friendly, interesting people here. But I have had to constantly seek them out, and that becomes tiring. The overwhelming majority of the student body has adopted this attitude that partying is the number one priority and school is just something you find a way to get around. Remember senior year of high school when you just did the bare minimum and then joked about how drunk you were on a Tuesday night with your friends and forgot about your test the next day? Yeah, welcome to IU. And don't get me wrong, I go out, party, drink, blah blah blah. And it was great for the first two years. But I didn't expect that to be the main aspect of my overpriced education.
Financial: Speaking of over-priced....IU has seriously swindled me out of a ton of money. Their priority goes to funding in-state students. I lost all financial aid a year ago, with no explanation. When I went in to the office to get help and tell them I didn't understand why I suddenly had to come up with 40,000 dollars a year, they were of no help whatsoever. You have to constantly fight for aid.
Misc: I know freshmen really focus on dorms/dining halls when first coming to college. These things are important, but please remember to look at the big picture and remind yourself that only 1 year of your life will be spent in these places. The dorms are generally very good, albeit a bit depressing after awhile. If you are interested in a sort of artsy/alternative lifestyle (I'm not really sure how to put it) PLEASE check out Collins LLC. It was a great experience and I met many of my friends there. All of the dining halls are awful, but probably to the extent that any dining hall is awful in large state schools. I will never set foot in one again. Parting ADVICE: If you're looking for the quintessential college experience, the kind you see in the movies, with a beautiful campus and crazy parties, then consider IU. If you picture yourself surrounded by an intellectually stimulating student body and growing as a student and an individual, I would look elsewhere. You can do those things at IU, but it will be a constant battle every semester to seek this experience out. Unless you are interested in Jacobs School of Music or Kelley, IU is not worth the money to attend out of state.
|Mar 26 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |