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| I stumbled upon this site by accident while looking for other information, but after reading some of the comments on here I feel compelled to comment about my time at Assumption College. I'll preface it by saying I'm about two and a half years out, I had a decent full time job with a big company for a year, and am now in law school. I was "involved" to some extent on campus through intramurals and an on campus job, but nothing crazy. On the weekends I tried to do all the usual college stuff, drink, pick up girls, go to parties, be lazy, etc.(the school sponsored events were usually nothing special, but could be fun on occasion) so I hope this review is helpfulI for anybody with a similar set of interests. I think I'm far enough removed from my time at Assumption to look at it objectively, but close enough to it to remember most of the important details.|
I'll start by conceding that I often wasn't all that challenged by much of the school work at Assumption, but thats not to say it doesn't require hard work and diligence. I was aware of this going in, but I was around a 3.0 student in high school so the scholarship Assumption offered was hard to turn down in comparison to offers from other schools. The way I looked at it then (and in hindsight I'm so glad I looked at it this way) was: if i'm planning on attending a small, liberal arts, Catholic school, why not choose the one that might be slightly less challenging than some other comparable schools? (you probably know who I'm talking about if your looking at Assumption, 1 or 2 of them might start with "S"and might be in MA and NH) That way, I can hopefully get a fulfilling education, good grades, and still have time to get involved and have a social life. Because when it comes down to it, unless you are trying to work or go to graduate school in the immediate vicinity of your undergrad location, employers and graduates are more likely to see the NUMBERS on your resume rather than the name of the school. Trust me, if your looking to work anywhere outside of a very small area of southern/eastern New England, a bachelor's from Assumption will look the same on a resume as a bachelor's from one of the "S" schools. Knowing a few people that attended these unnamed schools, they wish they felt that way in the beginning too. If you only want college to put you on the fast track to a specific career, then by all means go to a state school and save the money.(Thats not a knock on state schools, its a knock on people who say a liberal arts degree is useless) But at a school like Assumption you pay for more than job prep courses, you pay for a liberal arts experience which can really expand your mind and teach you ALOT if you want it to and you let it. It certainly can be challenging at times, but you have to seek out the classes that you feel will most benefit you, not just go through the motions of taking the easiest possible route and getting enough credits to graduate.
Which brings me to my point about the student body. It's funny that most of the negative comments on here seem to be from students still in their first year. Freshman year is always an adjustment and the living situation isn't perfect, accept it for what it is or live at home and save the money. Yes, Assumption can be like a high school, and yes it can be cliquey. And I'll admit at times my freshman and sophomore years I wished I had a larger number of friends for the sake of having more options on weekends and may have at times felt that the school was full of dumb jocks and snobby girls. You quickly realize its the quality of the friendships you make rather than the quantity that matters. Myself and most of my floor mates from freshman year didn't have an "in" at the bigger parties on campus, but we found ways to enjoy ourselves. Most of them stayed my good friends through all 4 years, and by senior year (even junior year to some extent), we were the ones throwing the parties that all the underclassmen wanted to get in to. And yes the parties naturally aren't huge, but you can't expect parties with hundreds of people at a school like Assumption. You would be surprised how much fun 40 people with various levels of drunkenness packed into a 6 men apartment can be when your with your friends and everyone is looking to have a good time. I know I could have had a better party experience elsewhere from visiting friends at bigger schools, but senior year at Assumption was the most fun I've ever had.
So thats my 2 cents, I hope its helpful to anybody thinking about attending Assumption.
PS if your interested in study abroad, Assumption is amazing at facilitating you in that respect, they made it simple and hassle free, and have connections to send students just about anywhere in the world.
|Jan 31 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Assumption has been absolutely fantastic. Getting involved is key. I have chosen to live here during the summer months as well, because I have enjoyed it so thoroughly. Getting involved has development my relationships with countless faculty members and admins. Many of my best friends come from the organizations I associate with. Assumption has made me feel completely welcomed, especially since I am from out of state. I only go home on the holidays when the school shuts down because I enjoy it so much. |
|Aug 03 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Assumption has been a wonderful experience. Classes have been stimulating and pprofessors friendly and helpful. I would strongly recommend Assumption if you want to graduate with knowledge. |
|Jul 09 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2012 |