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I have been at Emerson for less thanNot so brightEnglish
I have been at Emerson for less than a semester, and I already have transfer application in so I can leave. First, I will start by saying that my living situation at Emerson is ideal. I live in a suite, and really like all my roommates. Also the new dining hall, although a little small, is really nice, and the food is good. That aside, I am disappointed in almost everything else. My classes are boring, and I don't feel like I am learning anything, and I have never spoken one on one to my advisor because I don't know how to reach out to her. The extracurriculars here are plentiful, but sooo serious. Everything is competitive, you have to interview, or put in an application, just to join a club. I was told I shouldn't even apply to one specific publication until i had At Least 3 internships under my belt..and I am a freshman. Also many clubs, and activities will rule you out because of your major, saying it doesn't line up, which makes everything very pigeon-holed. Theatre here is also very intense, and don't expect to get in, or get a part if you aren't a theatre major with an in. I have also encountered far to many condescending students. I swear, half of the people in my classes act like they could stand up and teach the class. It's unfortunate because I did consider Emerson my dream school, but now I feel duped, and have decided to move on to somewhere better.
1st Year Female -- Class 1921
Surrounding City: A, Collaboration/Competitive: D
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A party school!Not so brightArt & Design Department
A party school!
No jobs unless you want to work at McDonald's when you get out.
No support on finding employment when you graduate. Go to NYU instead. Everyone knows this school's rep!
3rd Year Female -- Class 2019
Collaboration/Competitive: B, Faculty Accessibility: D
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Those high in the ladder at Emerson knowQuite BrightOther
Those high in the ladder at Emerson know how to market the school well. The problem is, it's often garbage what they say. Unfortunately, you don't usually realize this until you're attending the college. I'm nearly done with my sophomore year as a film major and have very few good things to say about this school. I'll start with the one positive thing just to get it out of the way -- you meet a lot of really great, really creative and friendly people that are fantastic to work with. Most people are very passionate and nice (not everyone, but you'll find the people you're looking for).

The classes, at least for film, are garbage. You can learn everything they try to teach you about film/digital video in a day of sitting on the internet and screwing around with a camera. I guarantee it. That's it...nothing about the industry, nothing about being on set...they do NOTHING. POOF! Bye $50,000! Now, apparently it gets better Junior and Senior year here with more intense classes. However, the first two years are a waste.

The rest of your time is filled checking off the list of general education requirements. And, oh boy, is it a blast! Science and politics of water! Of WATER??!! Oh's glorious.

Going to film school has prevented me from working on movies because of the time you have to put in to general education requirements that are LITERALLY A WASTE OF YOUR LIFE. They do nothing for you, and it's given me a terrible, jaded attitude towards academic life in general as a result. I'm retaking Physics at the moment...why? To check off a box. Granted, physics is interesting, but it's repeating high school and wasting my time as a result.

Regarding the equipment that the school's lacking. Your intro film production courses will make you shoot on ~70 year old film cameras. Sure, an appreciation for actual film is nice, but this school is not caught up in the digital realm and continues to drop money making their students learn technology that is old and no longer used in the industry. Yay.

The school drops money on the Bolex and other out dated cameras. I wouldn't have a problem with this if they also had new equipment. They have Canon dslrs (60D, 7D I believe), C100s, Sony F3, an F5 I believe, and that's it. They have a couple steadicam Zephyrs, along with some decent lighting equipment. However, that's nearly the extent of it (oh and one dolly that you can't get). My personal opinion is that the students should band together to have a Bolex (old film camera) bonfire and force the college to buy RED cameras and a few Arri Alexa's.

I should mention regarding academics...the film classes are useless and so are gen eds...but Emerson does offer workshops (sparingly) for various post-production applications....they're still lacking and they're still not part of the normal curriculum.

Point is, I hate this school and the fact that it puts so many kids in debt for a subpar, useless education (film production wise).

I have a few very good friends and a lot of good people I know, so that's a plus. People are on the same page in terms of passion and creativity and need to work. Boston is also a great city (although you freeze to death half the school year, so you never feel like going anywhere).I know it's a scrambled review, but I hope you receive some insight.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2017
Surrounding City: A+, Education Quality: D-
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