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| I suggest students take full advantage of the career and personal counseling services provided at HCC. The service is free and counselors are knowledgable and helpful. Advising there was key to me getting ideas for how to cope with the many challenges of school and life in school. I also highly suggest getting to know your professors and communicating regularly with them about classwork questions. Staff at this school will help you navigate the system if you ask. |
|Dec 21 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I'm a new student at Howard Community College and I have to say my experience so far has been an interesting one. The campus is beautiful, and of course the surrounding city is beautiful as well. The cafeteria has plenty of options. Finding parking was extremely difficult my first day, but after that there were plenty of spaces. Also they have a shuttle, so its great if you want to park at other spaces off campus. The students are diverse and pretty friendly for the most part. |
Since I have already have a B.A. degree, I'm currently taking a couple of science courses to head to Dental school. I've seen that some students here are sort of in the "13th" grade, often making inappropriate comments or belitting others while class is in session, when other students may ask the professor a question. From my observations, students are taught to be afraid to ask questions. In my lab for example, we did a procedure for the very first time and when I raised my hand to ask a question the lab professor screamed on the top of his lungs so much that all of the students stopped their lab work and became quiet. Out of all of my years in school, I had never experience this type of unprofessionalism and discouragement from asking questions from any professor in my life. There is a thin line between correcting students, and publicly humiliating them. My guess is that since he is of old age, he probably should be retired and really doesn't like his job. This type of situation has brought to my attention the lack of an open communication bridge between students and administration. It seems that as a student, you have to dig hard to find out who to talk to when you have these type of issues, and you don't have the ability to simply make suggestions or complaints online which leaves you left with the idea that you just have to "suck it up and deal with it". Not cool.
Other than that, great school. As far as the faculty, some need more accountability. Giving the student opportunities to do reviews on professors during and after the course would hold them accountable in appropriate conduct.
|Sep 23 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| Well, I've seen the positive reviews on HCC, and although I'm pleased so far with the first semester, my review is tilted to be positive, but it's more of neutral review and not necessarily positive. |
Positives: Most of the students are friendly, approachable and decent to be around with. My classes are decent, moderately challenging, but you have to "apply" yourself in order to get good grades, especially in the areas of math & science, since I'm an engineer transferring to Maryland or some other college (in case I don't get in.) At HCC, I've had a heavier courseload than others (5 classes + chemistry lab, so that makes 6), so adapting and trying to multi-task everything at HCC has been a bit difficult for me in the start. All of the classes that I've had so far have been satisfactory and you feel a "geniune connect" with your professors and others in the class. The environment at HCC After a few days, I started going to the library and applying myself, so that burden has gone down since. The surrounding city is also nice to be around, Howard County is one of the wealthiest counties to be in, in Maryland (ranks higher than Montgomery County), so the surrounding are has a low crime rate, the Columbia Mall/other amenities are nearby on Broken Land Parkway, so there are plenty of things for you to do off campus. There are many events that occur on campus, and the RRCA 10 miler is hosted annually in Februaries especially for the runners/other athletes that attend HCC. There seems to be an outlet for everyone.
Negatives: HCC is a good school, although there are some problems that act as an "undercurrent" at the school. Some of the students have a bit of a disconnect with learning, ie, not attending classes or leaving when there is still 45 minutes or so left in the class period. Also, obnoxiousness lingers within some of the student body. In the library for instance, there was a day when somebody "Patel", kept causing a lot of raucous and disturbances in the library. They were eventually called up to the Circulation Desk later on. The thing that perplexed me to write a neutral review instead of a positive review was what I saw when I went in the Clark quad where there was a large horizontal poster laying on a table where people could write their stresses about final exam week. Some of the things written include "slapping hoes", and "hoes and bitches". Some of the girls here are fairly attractive, not just the white girls, but in general, and a lot of them would just throw themselves at stud guys (maintaining constant eye contact), I'm one of them, although I'm black. Some of the girls can act a little obnoxious at times and act too "easy", however. So a bit of a problem here is that some guys demoralize women a bit when they get pissed off about something, which is a little offending when it's expressed to the public. You also have to look at the Campus Crime log on HCC's website, which isn't necessarily completely based on crime, it's also based on dumb stuff that people do. Summary: Despite an undercurrent of minor problems that are at HCC, if you're a smart, civil/ethical guy or girl, you should be able to find that HCC is a decent school, and may write a similar review to what I've already written. If you don't apply yourself to higher academic standards, or are loud, obnoxious, and cause problems this CC may not be the best place for you. HCC is a decent school in my opinion, and although it isn't the #1 community college, it's good enough to have a satisfactory community college experience before transferring to a 4 year university.
|Dec 03 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |