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| I am from a small town in Fairfield County, Connecticut and Marist was the best choice for me. Originally, I was set on going to Babson College or Bentley University. But, on accepted students day I immediately felt that I was in the right place. |
Marist challenged me to come out of my shell and push myself so hard. The professors demand you grow up and do not throw around excuses to get out of work.
The nightlife at Marist is more than I could ever ask for. There is always a lot to do. We have a small greek life. But, it is more than enough to give those who want to be in it satisfaction. There are a lot of clubs and bars that let freshman in. Also, a lot of sports teams throw huge parties.
Housing freshman year obviously sucks (it's supposed to). Sophomore year and beyond offers students kitchens and living room areas. Marist uses priority point systems to give students housing based on their involvement with the school, grades, and disciplinary history. Many people complain about priority points. Priority points push us to join clubs that we otherwise wouldn't. But, these clubs and leadership positions give Marist students an edge over average students who get involved a lot less.
|Jul 28 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I had a hard freshman year and bad roommates, but I stuck through it and made my best friends sophomore year and now have amazing friends and an amazing internship thanks to Marist. The only thing that is not great about Marist is the cafeteria food, which is not good at all. Also, Marist does not allow you to choose your freshman roommate and that is not great. |
|Nov 18 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I've gone through mood swings with Marist. When I first got here, I loved it. After a month as an undeclared major taking random classes in Freshmen housing, I hated it. Now, as a soph living with friends and having a major, I love it again. There are lots of things to love and hate about this school. Our website loves to brag about the beautiful campus, river, buildings, etc, small class sizes and guaranteed housing and quantifiable stuff that looks good on paper. And that's all true; but what you end up getting out of this school is the stuff you can't find online. How, after joining a club or a sports team, you have an instant group of close friends. How the professors are all smart and talented, but not too smart and not too focused on research, so that being a teacher of students is really their #1 priority. How the school, in the best sense of the phrase, is a social network within itself. |
There's bad stuff of course; sometimes it feels like a huge high school, with cliques and gossip and rumors; also, 3:00AM fire alarms and cold shitty winters and pompous campus security and Poughkeepsie itself, which is... not a nice or safe area. And there are some things that can swing both ways; cramped freshman housing can be a ton of fun, but drives you crazy if you don't like your living mates. The football team sucks, yeah, but the b-ball, volleyball, rowing, and soccer teams make up for it. Oh, and all the frikkin longislanders (sorry L.I.)In the end, it's the little things that make Marist great. Like how in one day, you can see a sunrise on the Hudson, have your mind blown in a philosophy class, get in a great workout, see half your friends just by walking to classes, stuff your face in the dining hall, people-watch and flirt around in the library lounge while pretending to do HW, get hammered in the dorms with the other half of your friends, and go to a bar or house and party your face off. Marist will be what you make of it, but if you open yourself to what the community offers, you're gonna have a blast.
|Sep 12 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |