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Fordham University - Comments and Student Experiences |
I'll start with the students. It's really just a bunch of snotty rich kids whose parents give in to their every desire. I've met several students who have no idea what they want to study, and when I ask them why they came to Fordham, they simply shrug their shoulders and laugh. I get the impression that a lot of students are just here for a title. They like the idea of going to a private school like Fordham, so even if they have no idea what they want to do with their lives they still choose to come here. In addition to this very arrogant aura given off around campus, the students are very difficult to know. They all seem fairly occupied with things outside of Fordham...as if they have better things to do than hang out with you on campus. Since it's pretty close to the heart of New York City, not many students spend their time on the Fordham campus, which makes it difficult to make friends. At least, that's been my experience.
Another issue I've encountered is the mystery of where my money is going. After spending one full year at Fordham, I still haven't figured out why I'm paying the amount of tuition that I am. It's certainly not going towards the teaching staff...a handful of them don't even have PhDs. The professors don't act like they want to be there. Much like their students, the professors always act like they have other things to worry about than teaching their classes. I suppose the money is going towards the school's location and its' up-keep. That's something I DO love about the school. The maintenance crew does an excellent job keeping up with the scenery. Very pretty campus.Overall, my time spent here at Fordham hasn't been too exciting. I'm planning to transfer sometime next Spring. To re-cap everything, the students are stuck up, the faculty aren't dedicated, the costs are ridiculous, and it appears that the students of Fordham are too busy with other things to really care about going to school here. It doesn't feel like a college, it feels like either a daycare or a really expensive after school program.
As to not seem out of touch with some of the realities of the institution, I will say that there are some down sides to Fordham, esp. the Bronx campus, which stem from its surroundings. I served in the US Army, deployed and lead a team in Iraq, this being said, I would never live in the Bronx. The entirety of the area is sub-poverty and high crime (..which for some reason seems to be a source of pride for the locals..). If you combine this with the usual attendee at Fordham, i.e. upper middle class individuals, you will find that there is a high likelihood for robberies and the likes. That being said, be smart, think about your actions and act accordingly, and you will be ok. Another point, If you feel college is more about partying than education, although NYC is less than 20mins south, you will be sad you hear that the "nightlife" just outside of the campus is not thrilling. That being said however, if this is a disqualifying factor for you regarding your undergrad institution choice, please do the nation a favor and just work at McDonalds. We have enough under educated moralistically challenged individuals in high places now a day, and do not need any more. Also, there is a big drive for minority acceptance, so I have seen some rather questionable individuals finding their way into some of the classes I have taken, but these individuals are usually weeded out by the curriculum. Unfortunately this is the case with many institutions throughout the US and must be taken in stride, the system does even itself out. I loved Fordham, I have nothing but great things to say about my time as a Ram (..and I will always be one!) and I would do it all over if I had to. The reputation is already well known throughout the Tri-State area, gaining momentum nationally; the school will be a Top10 for sure, within the next decade. In closing, good luck to you in your search, wherever you end up, but be assured, Fordham is a great choice!
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