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| I went to Emmanuel for the same reason most people did- they gave me a hugely generous financial aid package. It was at the bottom of my list of safety schools and I had no desire to go there. It turns out my hesitations were well founded. |
I'm from Boston, and I always wanted to go to school in my city since every year I would see pictures of college kids moving into their dorms in the paper and it looked like fun. Most of my friends were also attending colleges in the area so I figured it was my best option.
Academically this place is depressing. Although I attended a competitive high school, I never thought I would be able to breeze through college so easily. I kept one notebook all year and never did any homework. Even honors courses were sub-par intellectually to classes I'd taken freshman year of high school. I did like my 3 english professors, but the english department is disgustingly under appreciated. Same goes for the arts. There is no proper performance space, and all extra curriculars involving the arts need to jump through hoops to get even the slightest bit of funding or recognition. Not what I thought a liberal arts college was all about.
The dorms were great compared to many other schools. I had a good experience in a nice double room with a good view, but not everyone got the same experience. I loved residence life, it was maybe the only thing keeping me from going absolutely insane.Socially it was surprisingly good. Being in Boston, as long as you pursue connections, parties are not hard to come by. Which is good, because with a lack of any kind of homework or learning to speak of, you might as well just drop loads of money to get wasted.
|Jun 30 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Environment: Boston = An amazing city to be located in the center of.|
Campus Activities: The past 3 weeks have been non stop events on campus thrown but clubs such as C.A.S.E. (Campus Activities and Student Events). Things going on quite frequently here.
Facilities: Brand New/ Renovated(within the past 2 years): Field(Roberto Clemente), Wilkens Science Center, Fitness center equipment, Wing of the admin. building, etc. They are always looking to make the school better for students.
Aesthetics: (One word) -Beautiful...Can't get a nice campus like EC around Boston, most campuses are split up around the city, etc. We are a small gated, concentrated, well maintained campus. Very nice in the spring time especially.
Residence Life/ RAs: I have loved every RA I've had throughout both years. My freshman year RA later became one of my best friends. I currently enjoy my RAs of this year too. As for residence life, after room selection took place, I decided I would rather move to a different floor and so I e-mailed the man in charge, John Byrne. He took care of it for me and got me where I wanted to be.
Food: Anyone who tells you they don't like the food must be used to eating filet mignon and lobsters on the regular. It's delicious. Plus the buy local, offer vegan and vegetarian options and also have many healthy alternatives.
Campus life: The fact that over 80% of our students and 90% of freshmen live on campus speaks for itself. Good times.Overall: I love the school's location, atmosphere and community. Can't go wrong here (except it can be a little pricey). Wouldn't change it for any other school though.
|May 06 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I came to Emmanuel College bright eyed and bushy tailed thinking it was going to be the best college experience. In high school I was the over achiever; a three sport athlete, president of NHS, and my class vice president. I thought being at a small school like Emmanuel would help me shine in college too. Boy, was I wrong. Once I got to college, I realized that I didn't want high school part 2, and that's exactly what it's like at Emmanuel. Living in Boston, I wanted to become independent, and they don't encourage that at all. |
First off, though having small class sizes has its advantages, I absolutely loathe the fact that I see the same faces every day. Being at a small college means you either know everyone, or you know their face. It's very high school-y for that reason. You know everyone's business, and a lot of the people are snobby and unfriendly- not all, but a good handful. There are times when I would love to grab a tea at the cafe and sit and read a book, but everyone stares at you if you are alone.
Secondly, the orientation leaders are terribly click-y. At orientation I looked up to them, even wanted to be one eventually, but when I got to school, I found out a good handful of them are rude and the other half don't even acknowledge your existence.
The friends I have made are great, but they aren't what I expected. I thought I'd have intriguing conversations with people about film, language and world travel. A lot of the guys here are "lax bros" and tools, and the girls are slutty and have no self-respect. The rest are silently praying until they can transfer.
I will say, most of the professors I had my first semester were great, I found my favorite, and were always very helpful. My American Art teacher however is a crabby old woman who only likes boys, and trust me, they milk her for all she?s worth.
I never thought I'd want to transfer. I was always the peppy girl with school spirit-which Emmanuel lacks immensely- and now I can't wait to transfer. I?m applying to a larger school in Boston, because I still love the city, but I want a real University experience.
All in all, Emmanuel College was a disappointment, and a real learning experience. After spring semester, I hope to never have to set foot on campus again. I'll miss the people, but I won't be too far away. Emmanuel has a dishonest administration (I know as I work in one of the offices where I experience it every day) and when I see tours, I see the kids fall for the same lies the school fed me. I'm taking it as a learning experience, and getting the heck out of dodge.
|Mar 29 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |