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| I am from WNC so I knew the Asheville area coming in. I screwed around in high school and ended up with a 2.8 gpa from never doing homework and studying for a test maybe twice. I had a decent SAT which got me another chance. |
I was accepted to Alabama, FAU, FIU, and Arizona State and recieved scholarships from the last 2. I love the Crimson Tide and Bama was my dream school. However, after not trying in high school I felt I didn't deserve to go to such a place until I earned it. So in JUNE after graduating, I applied to UNCA and was accepted no problem.
The academics and professors here are actually very good. They make sure you learn and show it, I have had almost no multiple choice tests. The main problem with UNCA is the social life. People literally will avoid talking to you. Where I come from you say hi to pretty much everyone, hold doors for people especially women, etc. Here people just try to avoid all contact. I try to talk to people in louge areas and they get all uncomfortable. There have been 3 people that could actually have a conversation.
I lived on campus at first but switched to commuting because I was miserable (South Ridge is the most anti-social dorm). Also, school spirit is absent. Having no football team I can kind of understand it but even our basketball team gets almost no support. There are MAYBE 20 clubs, most of which are LGBT or other rights movements. The majority of people here are tree-hugging super liberals. I have no problem with liberals at all, but anyone extreme is just annoying. I wouldn't want to hang out with super-right wing people either. BTW the "diversity" people are so proud of here, is not diversity. Diversity means lots of differing people, here its just alot of wierd people.
|Jan 24 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| I was accepted to numerous top ranked universities and I visited dozens of campuses before deciding to attend UNCA. I am from the west coast and in my opinion if word ever gets out about this beautiful quaint little town and college, it will be inundated with students from that region. |
|Mar 23 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Other than one faculty member who really encouraged students to explore different ideas and media, instructors seemed close minded about curriculum and limiting. I had chosen mixed media as my concentration, but after laying off the primary teacher that taught these courses, they stopped offering any mixed media classes. I was advised to finish my degree through independent studies, where I met with a faculty member once a week for 15-20 min. I felt discouraged by not having any studio time where i could get advice from a teacher and my peers, and my advisor offered to let me come to his BA painting seminar class since everyone was working on their own projects anyway, and it would help me as I developed the ody of work needed for my show. Unfortunately I was denied this possibility by the head of the department and told me I could change my concentration to painting and take the necessary pre-reqs before the seminar class. I explained that I wanted the same opportunities the other students had, and that not having in class work time, no contact with my peers or any guidance on how to work with Any materials. It was the same as me just working on my own, except that I was paying for something more. Finally I was offered a space to work on campus, yet since it wasn't in the art building it was more of an inconvenience to use and was given more support from a faculty member. I felt a lot of negativity from the faculty and that I was il-informed on what was expected of me. By the time I graduated I doubted by abilities and ideas and that I had been much more confident and open minded before. I've had a lot of experiences that were so encouraging, and took me in so many interesting directions with my work, but that was not my experience here u fortu aptly. |
|Feb 29 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |