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| The coursework is difficult and sometimes overloading, but I think in the end you learn a lot. There is a social life here, but finding time for it in between classes and homework is the hard part. EVERYTHING is competitive, but if you are naturally gifted or have good people skills (get to the know the professors well) you'll get what you want (I'm not one of those people so it is hard for me). Career Center is a nice tool, but when it comes to internships and co-ops the onus is on you. Certainly, there is a divide between engineering/science/med school students and liberal arts/business students, but I don't think one looks down on the other. I'm an engineer, but I admire my pre-law friend studying History, English, and Political science undergraduate degrees. Research opportunities are a plenty which most schools can't say. Take advantage when you find the time, it looks great on a resume. Best advice I can give is come to Case if you are willing to work hard and want to be an Engineer, Medical professional, Business major, or graduate student. Liberal arts school here is good too, but not worth 28k-55k a year. Also, do your own searching for the right extra-curricular activities and socialization, and you will find what fits you. TIME MANAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT TOO! |
|Dec 27 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
I just transferred into the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department (Polymers) from Chem E. One of the best, smallest, and most friendly engineering departments on campus (only 35 undergrads). They produce lots of things and really encourage students to get involved in research, even requiring at least one credit hour of it to graduate. Since the program is unique, nearly all of the undergrads who graduate get placed where they want to go, whether that be grad school or work force or other. Check it out!|
On to Case.
Most of the negative comments about Case are pretty true, but some of the positive comments are true also. Yes Case has alot of socially awkward people that come here, but that's not everyone. Not everyone here sits in their room or library studying all the time (including engineering majors). People do actually party (somewhat), do the typical college stuff. The majority of the people that go here are approachable, they just dont seem that way. Students are generally willing to help if you need help with some class. However, there is alot of the "I'm smarter than you" attitude that goes around though and often times students will only talk about how hard/easy a class was forever seems like. So the students here are ok, not perfect, but not terrible.
Most of the liberal arts and business faculty are pretty nice and relaxed. They seem to actually care if their students learn and dont shy students away from asking them for help. The science faculty on the other hand is hit or miss. Alot of advanced classes will have teachers that dont have a strong command of the English language which makes it difficult to do well. Also, some exude the "dont come to me unless it's important" mentality which can be frustrating. Thats not to say that they're bad people (which they're not, they're only human) but they're just not good teachers and honestly should not be teaching those kinds of classes.
Yes there is alot of work, especially for the engineering/science majors. The pre reqs will be challenging, tedious, and utterly pointless, but not impossible. So many students here focus on getting good grades in them (which is fine and what you should do) but in reality, those classes really mean nothing as you probably wont use 75% past your intro the the major courses. Getting a C in Math 121, Phys 121, Chem 111, Math 223/4, and any of the Engr coures doesn't mean the end of the world or necessarily the end of engineering for that student. There are other important things like having a social life which many engineering/science/pre med majors here and at other schools fail to realize.
The common misconception is that there isnt much to do around campus. There is usually something going on, but not something that alot of people (*cough* Springfest *cough*). thats part of the reason either find a close group of friends and just hang with them alot or join greek life since they'll at least have something.
Hit or miss at the cafeterias. the campus restaurants arent very cheap either or good (*cough* Rascal House *cough*). Your best bet is to go to a grocery store and keep stuff in your room/suite if you can.In conclusion, socially, Case is what you make of it. You can have a semi good experience here or not. Its usually not the best experience of anyone's life like some people claim, but its not all that bad. Just come in with an open mind. Academically, just take it in strides. Work hard, but not too hard. There is no reason to pull an all nighter for any exam. No grade is worth losing sleep over (not even an A). Pick your classes/ teachers well and you'll have a decent time with that. Never lose hope and strive for what you want. Only quit a certain major if you truly dont want it anymore.
|Jun 10 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
First things first, Case is a university and is concentrated on the educational aspect more than anything else. Sometimes this is detrimental to other facets of college life. The good news is that Case gives you a great education and resources to work with. The bad news is that is does so while sacrificing aesthetics. |
I do want to dispell the myth about Case students. Generally regarded as computer nerds and hermits who never leave their rooms and who have never heard of a party with LAN before it. The general populace at Case is much like that of any other university, especially the top tier schools. The students know how to have fun and are very social, but just like any school, there are the occasional social hermits. Also, since the school is largely a tech, engineering and medical school, most students are more "nerdy" than state schools. This is a bad thing however, and is often a source of laughter when students begin discussing the newest polymers of biomechanical inventions.
That being said, the students do not as a whole support the athletic teams. Football and soccer games are not a cause for celebration and are generally not well attended. This is not because of the teams' records (Soccer was #3 in nation, Football finished undefeated regular season and made 2nd round of playoffs, and many other successes by sports teams) but rather by the tradition of failing sports teams. Only recently have Case teams began to excel, and most students are used to the lackluster performances. Once more students begin to attend, word will spread and games will once again become a social event.
The worst thing about Case is the campus. If I said it was ugly, I would be doing ugly a great disservice. Construction litters the campus and downtown Cleveland. Most building are bland and out of place, and those that are unique and inspiring are hidden from view. The campus, being urban, lacks open fields and green space which is goes a long way to creating a campus. The few open patches of green space that exist are littered with abstract art that students can't stand.
The dorms are res. life is above average for most universities. The freshmen rooms are small in comparison to other schools, but the sophomore and upper-class housing is superb. In addition the policies of res. life are fairly liberal and loose, allowing for an enjoyable experience.
If I were to rank Case as a learning institution, I would give it an A.
If I were to rank it on aesthetics, I would give it a D.
Unfortunately, both these translate into a university and that hurts Case.Don't get me wrong, Case is a wonderful school and I absolutely love my time there, but just at any other school there are things that need to be changed.
|Jun 30 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |