The University of Missouri Columbia
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Anyway! If you're a freshman (through however many semesters you need to finish your generals), expect to be challenged, and not in the fun, interesting, educational way, but in the way that even though you have 18 hours worth of classes, your professors will all expect you to study their course material 2-6 hours a night, preferably after their lecture. And, well, we all know that isn't feasible, ESPECIALLY if you have some sort of job that you need to pay off bills, but oh well! I remember getting reading assignments for PHYSICS, of all things. We were expected to look over our notes and do hours worth of practice problems for at LEAST two hours after lecture. That, along with a relatively challenging math class that expected the same amount of attention, and I was ready to tear my hair out. And that was just TWO of my five classes. If the hours don't break you, the book costs might. I've heard of people breaking down and crying, literally, because they can't afford their /absolutely necessary/ required $300 geography text from the bookstore which is not available to rent. If you're a freshman, don't worry - you're usually first come, first serve if you want to get Early Bird (which is a lot like closing your eyes and waiting for someone to shoot an apple off of your head since more often than not, you'll get all new books), but after that? You're on your own! Hope you get their early. Also expect to never crack that book in your life, even though it was totally necessary and important and required, absolutely. For your reading that will probably only barely correlate with the notes your professor will give you to follow. At least, you can only hope. Sometimes, your professors will give you a bare outline, and good luck remembering that when exams come along!
Professors here are a mixed bag. For all its prestige, I can tell you Mizzou probably spends more on its football team and its tshirts than it's EVER spent on its professors. I've had professors from grad students to people who probably should have long since been retired. I've known professors who have died on the job to some that have never taught anyone before ever, and I once heard someone say "research does not make a good teacher", and that's quite true. Mizzou cuts budget costs by lumping their researchers and professors in one sum, and as you can imagine, that's not really ideal in the way that sometimes researchers can understand things better than they can relay them. So that happens.
Need a tutor? Better hope not! They're students, usually upperclassmen, with possibly just as much coursework as you if not more. I would almost feel bad for them sometimes, because they come in and they're really not up to being friendly and helpful sometimes, which can be discouraging if your confidence is waning. Or, sometimes, they just don't know what they're doing. I don't feel like the screening process is very in-depth. Once, I got a really good tutor, but he made fun of me when I got my problems wrong or was completely lost in what I was doing. Another time, I got a tutor who was nice, but he was as lost as I was when it came to doing math problems, and often times I just told him not to show up unless I was desperate for help. Professors will help you sometimes, if you go to their office hours, but if their hours coincide with a class you have, it can be difficult to find a time that works best for you both, and sometimes office hours are chock-full of other confused students that might sap up the time before you get in.In regards to the students, I really can't tell you. To be honest, I came to Mizzou to learn, I wasn't really concerned with meeting people or making friends that I wouldn't see after Generals were up. If you get into a specific field, expect to see some familiar faces after a point? But I wasn't really worried about making friends. I made my own group thanks to my roommate, but in terms of other options, to my knowledge, nightlife consists of bars and friends made through sororities/fraternities. No luck getting into those? Your best bet is your specialized classes. You'll see a lot of people walking around in soror hats and Greek letters and millions more in the bookstores buying gear for games, which i daresay was maybe the most fun I ever had at the school, and it should be, honestly, considering it's where all of Mizzou's money goes.
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