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Things are definitely getting better here at Case.Quite BrightPhysics
Things are definitely getting better here at Case. I wish that I was just now entering as a freshman. When I entered in 2000 this place was pretty awful. It took a lot to get anything out of it. A fairly drastic change in administration has occured since then. The new administration is finally starting to spend money and resources on improving student life and not just academics. There has been a lot of student input on this too. I have personally been involved on 4 different committees that were charged with renovating student areas for our needs. More importantly, they took our (student) advice and used it.

I find the faculty and administration here very wanting to help, but you need to go to them to get it. I think this has to do with them not knowing about all of the opportunities that are available to faculty as well as students. Like I said, they are very helpful when asked though. My professors, especially in the physics department, seem to do anything they can to help you out when you ask them to. Also, we personally invited the provost of the university come to our dorm to play pool and eat dinner and then he asked us our input on what we liked/disliked about the university. That was one of the best things he could have done because lots of people changed their attitude about Case that night.

The students here are not as competitive or cutthroat as I thought they were going to be. Everyone, especially in the physics department again, seems to work together on everything in the sense that we are all in this together, so let's get through it together. You can always find study groups or people willing to work with you.

There are also things that I do not like about Case. Lots of the upperclassmen have a negative attitude about everything that affects the rest of the students. They started off in a bad situation, much like mine, only worse. They tell underclassmen that "there is nothing to do" and they go ahead and believe them since they are new to the school. I fell for it my freshman year too.

The guy to girl ratio sucks, if you are a guy. It is about 60:40 now. Before they get too excited though, the girls also have to remember what they say here: "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."

Instead of typing more, here is a list of bad things and good things about CWRU.
~Social attitude of students - besides what was mentioned above, many are not prepared to no longer be "the smart kid" so they are very arrogant at first

~Ratio of guy:girl
~Food - nothing to write home about
~Safety - campus is not in the best area, but they are definitely upping security around it. Just have to use your head and not walk alone at night really

~Faculty - knowledgable and willing to help
~New Students - the new students are much mroe active and fun
~Accademic attitude of students - we are all in it together
~Opportunities ~ the Program Board gives out calenders every semester and I think almost every day has some sort of event listed on it available (95% of the time free) through them.

and, of course, my favorite place...
~The Spot - University funded bar with live music below the cafeteria, open to all students, great times to be had hereAs with any university, you have to make what you can out of your time. CWRU is exciting to be at right now with the changes going on because what you make with your time here could actually materialize into how a new campus building is going to look or how your department will teach its classes for years to come. I hope this has helped you out.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2004
Individual Value: A, Campus Aesthetics: C
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Quite BrightComputer Science
Avoid Case unless they're going to give you a lot of money.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2005
Campus Maintenance: B-, Education Quality: F
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Where do I start?!Quite BrightPsychology
Where do I start?! This university is terrible First off, O never hear from my advisor, ever. He is suppose to be a guide and yet I have to lead him everytime. And, he never organizes any advisee activities. Second, this master plan thing. Well, it's wonderful, if you're going to be here in 2012 or later. My room , er closet, yeah 10x8 here too, sucks. Everywhere else I hear of has A/C and their own bathroom, a kitchen at least for every floor, etc. We have none of that. Then, the fact that our rec. facility is falling apart. Oh yeah I guess it's ok to leave it, after all they want to gut it and redo anyways. I am forced to be on this meal plan where there is no possiblity of healthy, decent food. Just a word too about the dorm, I live at the top of a giant "hill" at the very end of the South side of campus. I am 20 minutes from all student activitites, my major's dept., the library, and most of my classes. NOt only that, but I have to walk up these stairs that anyone could liken to committing suicide! Don't get me wrong, I think the education is great, but there is much more to it then just class. Which makes me think about the people and the things to do here. There are no people here. The only ones I see are in my class and the brothers in my fraternity (not frat). everyone else sits at their computer and studies or masterbates. (Why else don't they ever leave the room) Especially seeing as how 2/3's of this place is guys, the girls think they are all gorgeous. WRONG!!!! You are not ladies, and you should accept the date offers you get. BIg heads=bad guy. As for activites , the student body has many, but they are not well attened, again b/c most stay in their rooms and never come out. Wandering off campus is rediculious. East of us is East Cleveland, the worst area in Greater Cleveland. YOu don't leave campus unless you have a bulletproof car. And if you go West to the Flats, you best have a good fake or be 21. Can't have fun over there unless you can drink, b/c everything is a bar. THe museums you can get into free are nice, but get old, and most "special" exhibts you still have to pay for. (Money is tight here as you spend $10-15000 in loans to stay here) The orchestra is great, but tickets are expensive. There are student tickets but they are in promenade section, which means you cannot see the orchestra. I sat in them once and it just so happens that they happened to have a screen above the stage with the translation from French to English of the music being sung. Couldn't see it in promenade, thankfully I was able to sneak into the main floor seats. Parking is a big issue. They over sell some lots, so you get a ticket for parking in your lot even with a permit displayed. YOu will spend ~$300 to park for the year, which for a student is crazy. The Parking lot police are morons and ticket everyone at least once, and at times like 1:28 or 4:37 in the morning. Overall I think my experience here has been crap. Is guess the question at hand is do you suffer the bs and get a high quality education, or do you go some where that you will have a good time and be able to get a decent education? I would tell you to opt for the latter. You'll be happier, unless CWRU is going to pay you to be here or give you a full tuition scholarship.
1st Year Male -- Class 2005
Extracurricular Activities: B+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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