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To start out, I went to College of the Ozarks for a little over a year. I thought that I would do really well there because I am a very hard worker. However, when I was there working, people slacked off all the time. The first job that I got there was working at Edwards Mill. However, two weeks later I was transferred to the Keeter Center because the Dean of Work had made a mistake when arranging jobs for everyone. At the Keeter Center, the supervisors were awful. One man, who was a chef at the time, sexually harassed a young woman. Fortunately, I got transferred to a different work station. One thing that doesnâ€™t make sense is how some of the supervisors can slack off, but they give students a grade based on their work performance.|
The classes there are mixed, and what I mean by that is that there are great to crappie teachers that work there. The resources compared to other colleges are out dated. The library needs to be completely up-dated. During my time at the college I never once saw a brand new book in the library. To me the English and the Math departments seemed to be the stronger departments of the school.
The Living conditions there are not very good. Some of the womenâ€™s dorms are way too small--especially for two people to live in. The air conditioning units are awful. There is mold growing in them and wasp sometimes fly out of them in the summertime. I would also see small green centipedes crawling around on the floor.
My social life there wasnâ€™t very great because I was working, going to class, or studying all the time. There was not a whole lot of down time there compared to the school that I am going to now. The students who go there get pushed to the edge in the since that they donâ€™t get very many breaks, the food isnâ€™t very great, and they donâ€™t have a very good living condition.
The administration there is not very good. I had a harassment issue with someone, and ended up going to the Dean of Work, Dr. Dawe. He told me I wasnâ€™t using the term "harassment" right, and that he didnâ€™t want to get involved in the story, and that "there are two sides to every story." He later told me that he wouldnâ€™t penalize me that time for coming in. I have never been spoken down to like that before.
This school is very political and would not recommend it to any one. Even if you are the poorest kid on the earth, donâ€™t go to this school. I would rather be in debt, than go back to this corrupt school.
|Dec 23 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| This college is little more than a big-kids bible camp, as far as student life goes. There are few campus activities that are not evangelical. The dorms have very strict rules (i.e. hall monitors check to see if you're in bed at 1am sometimes.) Of the four girls dorms, two have rooms that are literally smaller than a single-occupancy jail cell (and yes, they do put two in there. The boys dorms, however, are all of adequate size.|
If you are an independant thinker and enjoy being responsible for yourself and not having your life controlled, keep away from this place. It puts on a great show when you're enrolling. These people kicked a kid out last year because, when they searched his car in the middle of the night, they found a rusted beer can under a seat. I transferred to a nice, sane, public school.The college is blatantly biased. The dorms are in poor condition and the mold is just awful.
|Jun 30 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| At C of O absolutely everything is about how the school looks to the public, not the student's well-being. Just look at the buildings, and I should know about them I worked in custodial. Which building has the most money put into it? The Keeter Center, where all the guests stay, and coming in second the administration's housing. Which buildings are the worst, the dorms and coming in second the main educational buildings. The rules are there so they can be boasted about. And if you don't follow them, you face expulsion. The administration doesn't care about students personal growth, all they care about is how the school looks. |
That being said, the professors, for the most part, tend to care an awful lot about their student's personal growth. The high point of my time at the school was definitely the music faculty. Very approachable and very interested in, not only the academic well being of their students, but their emotional and spiritual well-being as well.
It's important to note that C of O is not a school that prepares well for graduate school. That was my mistake. C of O mostly prepares for careers right out of college, and they do a good job of that from what I can tell. But if you're looking into graduate school or if it might ever be an option for you, look elsewhere for your bachelor's.
C of O is also not a school for the liberal, minority, homosexual, or non-Christian. These students will absolutely not fit in at C of O, but, then again, I'm a generally moderate, white, straight Christian and I even felt out of place. My point here is this, if you are a parent, or have a parent, who feels the need to "fix" your "broken" child by saying you'll pay for their college but only if they go to a "Christian" school like C of O. All I have to say is: DON'T! It's rather counter productive if you ask me.
Honestly, I feel like I've wasted my time at C of O trying to live up to someone else's standards. I think my time would have been spent better at a community college where for two years I could save money (live at home, have scholarships to pay for school, and work for actual money), get an associate's, think about my major for bachelor's, and think about what college I'll even go to. in the end, it doesn't matter if you go to a community college before you go to a 4 year school. And I'd say it's a MUCH better option than this prison of a school.
|Aug 16 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |