Suffolk University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Before going in, I envisioned myself leaving with great skills and jobs lined up waiting for me. Well, it's been almost 3 years and I'm currently unemployed and never had one job that related to my major. I'm so depressed I've lost passion in all my hobbies. When I got my degree, it all suddenly hit me - how Suffolk just DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU. They handed me my degree, told me "thanks" and tossed me to the side like used goods. As an International Student who paid so much for a "great education", I feel like I simply wasted the prime years of my youth doing things that helped me in no way whatsoever. I'm 27 now, and seriously depressed. I hold a lot of resentment towards Suffolk.
I got really scared about life in my last semester, when, as a Film Major, my last four ever classes included "Biology" and "Chinese Food in America" - a class where you just learn about Chinese food, literally. They were requirements that I felt were so unnecessary. Especially when I felt totally unprepared, the fact I knew NOTHING about the Film world, or how to get a job in it.
Never once did I ever sit with someone at Suffolk that told me how to prepare for a career or ever once see any services offering that kind of help. I feel like I just don't match up to anyone else in the Videography industry as I simply didn't learn BASIC elements needed within the industry (such as editing on Final Cut Pro). How embarrassing as a FILM MAJOR, that I can't even edit on Final Cut Pro (the industry standard) because Suffolk didn't teach me how to - now I have to spend MORE money doing outside courses when really it shouldn't have been part of the core of teaching at Suffolk.
My overall impression - Suffolk really doesn't care about your future, who you are, or what you bring to the table later on in life. They just don't. They want your money and that's it. Look at all the scandals going down in the University right now - during my time, the current president of the school was THE HIGHEST PAID UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT IN AMERICA. And for what? What are we getting back? Nothing, and I'm speaking as a prime example.
Just absolutely ridiculous. It really is an institution for rich kids who don't want to do any work but still want to pass just to get a degree for the sake of making their parents happy. If you want that kind of life in school, by all means, go to Suffolk - you can pass with your eyes closed. But be warned - you WILL pay for it later. Just feel like my life is in way more of a mess now than BEFORE I went to Suffolk. Wish I could rewind time - and that's the kind of thinking that will bring you down. Take my advice - find a better school. Keep this as your last option.
Education- I received a high quality education by choosing excellent professors. In my freshmen year I had some good professors but I also had some mediocre ones. I started to ask my friends and use ratemyprofessors.com to choose the best professors at Suffolk. Many of them taught at other schools in Boston such as Northeastern, BU and Ivy League schools. It really changed my life. Learning got much easier and I started earning an excellent GPA. However, it was not easy and I hard to work hard especially in my major courses. Suffolk also has an honors program which has challenging courses.
Social life/clubs- There are plenty of clubs at Suffolk but you have to be proactive. You have to figure out where you fit in. There are plenty of bars/clubs in the area.
Students- Overall, the students were friendly and mature especially in junior and senior year. Of course there are people that you don't care for just like in real life. You might have to work in groups with people that you do not like. But it really helps you mature and prepares you for the real world. The admission standards are similar now compared to 2004. The average GPA is a B and SAT scores are slightly above the national average. I think the admissions rate of over 80% is misleading. The quality of students that apply tend to be better. Some people apply to schools like BU and Northeastern and they use Suffolk as a backup. With that said, there are others especially in freshmen year that should not be there. They drop out and leave negative comments about Suffolk instead of being thankful for the opportunity that they were given.
Co-ops- In finance there was a mandatory co-op requirement. I applied to plenty of jobs and it took a few months to land a co-op. I am very thankful as it helped me after graduation. It is valuable experience for entry level jobs after college which require a few years of experience.
Location- The location on Beacon Hill does not get any better! It was very convenient to work in the financial district and attend classes. It is a nice neighborhood. I took many classes at night and always felt safe.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude. There are plenty of opportunities after graduation. Some of my classmates in finance are making 6 figures a few years out. My experience at Suffolk was very positive. In hindsight I would not change anything. I would actually choose Suffolk over Harvard. One of the reasons is that Harvard is a liberal arts school and does not have finance as a major. I would actually have less job opportunities as an economics major than a finance major. There are Suffolk grads that have dream jobs at the largest banks. Ultimately, my experience has taught me that success depends on your major, doing co-ops/internships, and making good connections. I was accepted to other colleges but I made the right decision. I think of Suffolk fondly and remember when I received the acceptance letter. It changed my life!
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