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| I graduated from Wash U in 2012 in Film and Media Studies. I loved the film program solely because of two professors who profoundly influenced me as a filmmaker. These professors no longer work at the university due to administrative politics within the department. So I can't say I would vouch for the program. |
Wash U has a way of stifling creativity. It is not a good atmosphere for "outside the box" types or anyone looking to pursue a career as an artist. All of my friends in the art school had terrible experiences except for those in the graphic design program. The pre-professional programs are undoubtably outstanding and offer amazing opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in business, law, or medicine.
Although it seems like commenting on the entire study body is inevitably an overgeneralization, I'll try and relate my perspective based on my personal experiences. I am a fairly extroverted person who makes friends easily. I came away from Wash U with a couple very close friends and a few people I will certainly keep in touch with. However, I think the biggest problem with Wash U is the lack of emotional depth present in the students as a whole. Students are not particularly good as expressing themselves and have trouble developing actual meaningful relationships. A lot of this has to do with people overall being uncomfortable with there own identities. People in greek life (espcially fraternities since sororities have no housing) cling to that as what defines them, the art school students cling to a sense of superiority and have "advanced beyond a need for socialization", others cling to KWUR (the wash U radio station) and envelop all the hipster they can muster. Not many people are comfortable with being an individual, and this translates to a lack of empathy. Obviously this is just my own perspective. There are certainly some great people at Wash U, and everyone if nothing else is very nice.
The social sphere is dominated by greek life. Meaning that beyond freshman year, it is extremely hard to meet new people if you are not in a fraternity or sorority. There are also very few parties that are not affiliated with a fraternity. I did my best my last year there to facilitate parties outside the greek sphere, but it ends up boiling down to about 1 party every three weeks thrown by either the co-op or people affiliated with the wash u radio station.
One other issue Wash U tries to keep on the down low is safety. The campus itself is absurdly safe. You should feel comfortable walking all around campus at all hours of the night. HOWEVER, the skinner-deballievere neighborhood which has about 50% of students living off campus is extremely dangerous. Nearly all my friends were mugged, one sexually assaulted, only a block from where I lived. This being less than a quarter mile from campus. Wash U students are targeted because of the high crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods. This seems like an exaggeration but if you look up the neighborhoods surrounding Wash U's crime information (Delmar Loop area) my point extends beyond personal experience. I know I have made some harsh points but Wash U can be a good fit for some people, and just wasn't right for me. It is a university constantly trying to give its students the best. The dorms and food are excellent, and aside from one or two professors, the academics and classroom experience is wonderful.
|Feb 25 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I remember ardently reading these reviews when i was in high school and hoping that these depicted an accurate portrayal about the college I ended up at. No review, of course, is unbiased but I figure I might as well try to provide some of the guidance I had wanted when I was looking at colleges|
About washu: washu is a very, very insanely friendly school. We don't have that awesome east coast name recognition and people never know where we are located (ps its st Louis) but we are some damn nice people. Washu tries ridiculously hard in your freshmen year to make you feel supported. I'm not saying it always works, but between orientation, a program called first 40 days, and the general bonding between you and your floor, I believe washu does an excellent job of the transition between high school to here. The downside to this is that you kind of feel a sophomore slump, as the newness and excitement fades and the "oh shit, this is school" realization sinks in. But all the same, there are so many resources and people to reach out to, that I think washu excels at building a community. Oh and we were ranked 2nd for friendliness according to huffington post.
The student body is diverse in talent and personalities, and to a lesser degree racially, but not so much socially economically. I think that's a problem a lot of expensive private schools have but it doesn't make it any less unfortunate.
The Academics here are tough especially if you are pre-med. I am a pre-med English major, and even without having to fulfill a bio major, I find the courses challenging. Challenging does not mean hopeless or unfair, but so many freshmen come in thinking, "well I got a 5 in AP chemistry so I'm sure genchem will be fine". Well, it might be fine, but genchem 1 has very little to do with what's taught in high school chemistry and a lot more to do with quantum mechanics. My point is, it is absolutely possible to do well in pre med classes but don't expect it just because you did well in high school. Sooner or later, everyone comes to a class where they realize it's harder than anything they've come across and theyve got to put in real work. If you come in knowing that you are going to be challenged, you will already be ahead of a lot of your classmates.
The food and the dorms here are awesome. Everyone gets sick of the foodsoon enough, including myself, but I know that we have it betterThan a lot of places. Um, besides that....VISIT WASHU!!! I did not have even the faintest inkling that I'd want to go here until I visited and then once I did, I was sold. So I highly recommend visiting, not just washu, but all of your options. I also wrote all of this on my phone so sorry if there are a ton of typos!
|Apr 11 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |