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| CMU is, itself, a fine school. Most of its buildings are in great, clean shape, the campus is pretty clean, and the teachers are, for the most part, helpful. The main library on campus is gorgeous and awesome, and there are plenty of places to sit outside (in good weather) and hang out without getting stepped on. CMU is clean, friendly, and feels pretty safe. Parking sucks, but that's to be expected. |
My only real complaint about CMU has to be with its teaching program. The resources available in Ronan Hall for teaching students are, without a doubt, substandard when compared to the resources the rest of the university has. Ronan is haphazardly designed with very poor acoustics, shabby painting on walls, and bathrooms that look like they were designed in the 40's. Scary stuff.
All of that aside, the elementary teaching program is full is spirit-breakingly-boring-and-tedious busy work. Wait 'til you take Foundations in Semester Two of your program -- you'll be amazed at how many people there are who went through the program, decided that teaching sucks, and plan to work in another field altogether. On the plus side, though, you take your classes as part of a cohort -- that means that you have, essentially, the same group of twenty-or-so students in all of your TEPD classes. It's a nice support system, and almost everyone is quite willing to help each other out.
|Jan 02 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| I transferred here from Western Michigan University so that is what I base my comparisons on. Mount Pleasant is one of the most boring towns I have ever been in. If the college were not here it would be one big hick town. There are parties, but not a lot of student houses so these parties are mostly in cramped apartments. The advisors never seem to know what they are doing, nor do they seem to care. I am living in the new towers and they were not at all understanding when I asked to be let out of my agreement so I could move into a much cheaper apartment. The food is terrible and the cafeteria is overcrowded because it serves six or seven different halls. The parking situation is horrible. If you don't have a parking spot by 8 p.m. you probably won't find one until the next day. A lot of the people I have met here are prone to cliques. There is an extreme shortage of dateable guys and after just one semester I have gained two stalkers. I suggest checking out another school before settling on this one. |
|Dec 10 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |