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| From the outside looking in,this looks like a beautiful, open minded and brilliant education facility. But please, don't be fooled. Never in my life have I encountered so many depressed, unhappy, venting and otherwise, hopeless attitudes from students as I have here. It's depressing simply to interact with students because most of the comments they make are negative in some aspect. The professors are good people for the most part, but it's the type of system the college embraces, liberal arts education, that creates a tense sense of constant struggle and pressure or failure is close at hand. It's not correct for all classes to be of equal value in relation to your major, or even equal effort demanded, when they are otherwise irrelevant and required. If you must require them, at least give the students a break on them and let them enjoy the liberal education, not curse ever having shown an interest outside of their major. Some professors are too absorbed in the belief that all students must sacrifice all personal time specifically to worship their class and subject, and are occasionally too arrogant or close-minded that any suggestions or hypotheses from students are ignored or rudely cast aside as inferior. This is not the sort of environment and value in our future of America we should be creating; making students feel small with the constant reminders that "they know nothing", if that is so, what is the point of college. Give them self respect, let them know they are at least by this point on their life of some intellectual value and weight. I have had many great experiences here, but equally, perhaps outweighed, far too many poor ones. |
|Nov 14 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2017 |
| This school is very expensive for what you get. Limited classes. If it was 10-20k tuition it would be worth it, but where it's at now, you pay 40k to live there. You get crappy food, substandard dorms, not much class variety, preppy classmates that drink too much, and some good professors but some really are condescending, give busy work, or are full of BS. The town is pretty and friendly, but the people that come in from the surrounding rural area are nasty. They make crosswalks dangerous, yell obscenities, and fill the bars just as much as the alcoholic students. |
|Nov 14 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Because a majority of the student population is extremely apathetic (because they came to play sports) or close-minded (because petro is such a popular major and petro generally attracts conservative students), there are a lot of opportunities for students who want to be successful and who understand the bureaucratic channels.|
However, the major, major, major drawback for me is the social environment. I feel like I'm in high school. The student population is so small that everyone knows everyone else's business. I hate saying that cliche, but it's really true. You can't have a one-night stand without everyone knowing about it. Faculty often participate in the gossip which perpetuates the hs-like atmosphere. I was worried about going to a big university and not making connections, but here I feel overly connected. I can't get coffee on campus without running into at least 3 or 4 people I know when I need time to myself.
Dating is TERRIBLE. Like I said before, everyone gossips so everyone knows who's hooking up with whom. If you burn a bridge with someone, you will see that person in multiple classes, in the dining hall, on campus, probably at your work study...it goes on... just because campus is so, so, so small.
A lot of students come here from rural areas and think Marietta is much more prestigious than it is simply because it's private. I live 2 hours away from MC and attended a reputable hs. No one knew about MC.
There's talk about the campus going dry, which would further stifle the social environment because it's centered around partying since there is no where to go in the area to do anything cultural. You have to drive at least to Athens, which if you're looking to Athens as a big town, you've got a problem. If partying is you're thing, this campus fits in a lot of senses, but just know you will be partying with the same people for 4 years because (I CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH) campus is so incredibly small.
I like Marietta because I have a lot of opportunities as a self-motivated student, but the social drawbacks significantly outweigh the positives.
Marietta isn't the right fit for a lot of people and it's something you need to be warned about when choosing this school. I was hesitant to come to MC and ended up here as a fall-back school. I read other reviews and doubted the pessimistic comments, but they are honestly true. I've had some great experiences with some people, but THE REVIEWS ARE TRUE.Be sure you're ready for a repeat of high school.
|Mar 27 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |