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| I mostly wanted to submit this to counteract people's notions on the extracurricular social life at Brooklyn College. Brooklyn College does have ways to be very involved you just have to approach them. After coming on to the campus knowing no one I joined a sorority and quickly knew a lot of people, never had a class without anyone I knew, never walked around campus without seeing people I knew, learned about other academic and extracurriculars opportunities through other students and always had a very active social scene. Obviously I am partial to Greek Life as a way to meet people at BC but there are other activities like Hillel, Student Gov't, NYPIRG, sports, Theatre etc. that really allow you to meet people and be involved on campus. If you want to be involved just make a point of going to the club fairs which are held each semester or go to the offices of clubs that have them. You may not hear about a lot of groups initially because publicizing on campus is hard but most groups are very open to new members.Academically I must say the school is very underrated. There were two major faults during my time there though. Graduate student lab teachers that do not speak comprehendable english in most if not all the science classes with lab. Also, while the teachers in the political science department usually have good credentials they are very left (like most of the student body) and even as a moderate this really bothered me and I can't imagine how a conservative student would feel about it. |
|Mar 28 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| I commuted to school and missed out on the experience og getting away from home and having the full college experience. At the time the education I received was fine and in many ways have shaped me as a person today. Still I deeply regret never having gone away to college. |
| Starting Job: Office Supply Salesman, Preparedness: D, Reputation: F |
|Mar 23 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I'd hate to give this college a negative review, because academically it's superb, but there are too many other factors that bog it down and make going here rather unpleasant.|
For one, the campus is in the middle of nowhere. Flatbush is not a cultural hot spot by any means, and the long commute it takes to get here from Manhattan or any other borough is mindnumbing and seems unjustifiable.
You won't make friends at this school if you're from out of state. Most of the students are from New York - I would say 70% of kids are from NYC, with another 15% to 20% made up of international students. It really feels like going to a community college. That's fine if you're going with kids you know from high school. If you're a fish out of water, you'll remain one.
It's not that the kids are mean, because they're not. In fact, they're really nice, and you'll meet a wide spectrum of personalities at BC. But it's almost impossible to hang out with people outside of class, and that's discouraging. There are no dorms, except for expensive third party student housing (it costs more a semester to live there than it does to go to the school), and this school has absolutely no social life. The student center is dead; hardly anyone even knows it exists. I'm focusing on this because, for the out of state student, it's important to have an enjoyable college experience, and BC does not offer that. If you're from New York, or were at one time, and have friends out here, by all means. Other than that, you're going to find yourself wandering the campus aimless and bitter.
|Mar 03 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |