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| I graduated from OU last June (2009). While I have made my own success, I unfortunately cannot attribute much, if any of that success to my educational experience at OU. I received high As in "the most difficult courses," and was not challenged for a minute. On top of that, the school 'lost' my graduation application and messed up quite a few things for me. |
I probably had it better than most students simply because I was in the Communications program, more specifically, Organizational Communications. I was able to customize my specialization, which was AMAZING and I had exactly two good professors. One incredible one. That was it.
Regardless of the trouble I had to go through to get my degree, I graduated Summa Cum Laude, started a successful program for the Undergraduate Admissions office, and met a VERY FEW good people. I got my job at a successful Public Relations and Advertising firm ONE WEEK after beginning my search. I could not be happier now, but like I said, OU did little for me other than show me what I did NOT want out of life.
I like to party, don't get me wrong, but almost all of the students behaved so immaturely and disrespectfully about it. It was as though they had never tasted alcohol before (which was probably true). More than half of my college career, I was sad for other people. I will say it again, THE STUDENTS ARE VERY IMMATURE.
The school touts its support of "individualism." There is none. Just to set the stage a little bit: I was prom queen of my graduating class of 1,000 students, a cheerleader, voted most likely to be President, best smile, peer-voted overall captain for our gym night, a straight-A student and a big partier. This school made me feel like a loser because I was the only one with an open mind and my heart set on my future.
The following is a true story about my floor of my freshman dorm: eight out of the twenty something people on my floor freshman year dropped out due to "severe mental illness," one kid almost died from alcohol poisoning (I called the ambulance and was hated by everyone on my floor for it), one girl got knocked up by a one-night stand and had to marry the guy, ten or so people transferred or got kicked out, and the rest of us wished we did. I have nothing against Ohio or its people, my brother currently lives in Ohio. I just think the children of Ohio are generally very naive, sheltered, and sad. The campus is beautiful and there are some really great things going on at OU, yet I don't think it's worth it, particularly if you are bright and expect great things from your future. I think it may be a waste of money. It makes me sad when people say college was so much fun. I just think of all the drunken guys I had to push, hit, and kick just to stop touching me; I think of the poor police officers and horses who were physically and verbally abused by the rude students; I think of all the young girls who lost their way; I think of the people who went to college wanting so much out of it, yet got nothing. I was so happy to leave Ohio University and that fact makes me want to cry.
|Apr 28 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| First of all i will start off by saying that i am a freshman and that I am not in the class of 2011, but '13 was not an option so i picked the closest one. Second of all, I love the university and the people here so instead of just ranting, I will offer all you high-school seniors/ transfer students some advice. If you are not social and/or outgoing, this is probably not the place for you. Everyone is very friendly and especially the first weekend, it pays off big to be as outgoing as possible and meet everyone that you can. The party scene is awesome. period. If you're not into it, it is a little harder to find things to do, but the town and university offer some fun alternatives to getting hammered all weekend. In fact, they're quite desperate to keep students away from alcohol and require you to complete a mind numbing 6+ hour AlcoholEdu online course and listen to the dean rant during orientation about how strict they are about drinking and how "this is a new OU". Do not believe this for a second, or anything else they tell you at orientation for that matter; especially about Learning Communities. As an undecided student, they force this abomination of a class onto your schedule and make you take a "cluster" of classes that almost always have nothing to do with your major or even your interests, forcing you to wake up early and waste time learning things that you will never use. To make matters worse, there is a one credit hour class that is bundled in with this that meets two hours a week and overloads you with busy-work. I am not exaggerating when i say that sitting through this two hour hell-hole of a class borders on being physically painful. It seriously is as if the administration sat down and made a list of all the obnoxious aspects of high school and middle school and combined them into a class that they hail as the best thing since sliced bread. As if it couldn't get any worse, these classes are taught almost solely by condescending graduate students who share a mental delusion that makes them confuse their class with first grade nap time. I literally spent 2 straight hours playing "the name game" during the classes' first meeting while contemplating dropping out to sell meth. You have probably heard that the food is awful and the rumors are true. The only thing i can even stomach is the cheeseburger and french fries, which still makes me feel like i swallowed a bowling ball. The "grab n' go" is an absolute disaster, at least on south green. Aside from the dreaded learning communities, the classes so far have been okay, but freshman english comp can be overwhelming at time. The RAs and police are pretty cool as long as you're not doing anything stupid like walking around with an open beer or pissing in public. As for the greek life, it doesn't dominate, but its a major plus to be in a fraternity/sorority. Although some of them are douche bags/date rapists, they are mostly friendly just like the rest of the campus. One last thing: music/file sharers be warned: if you do so much as open a p2p file sharing program or torrent on your computer, your internet will be shut off completely. I recommend OU highly and throughly enjoy my time here aside from a few grievances. DO NOT JOIN A LEARNING COMMUNITY! |
|Oct 19 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| I love OU. One bad thing about it is a lot of students have the tendency to lose focus on their academics. Being on quarters, it's really easy to fall behind. If you blow off the first couple weeks, it's hard to catch up because by that time a lot of professors are giving their first midterms. Another bad thing: Make sure when you sign up for a math class (which you inevitably will) that you find a professor with an english-sounding name or you know someone that's had the professor otherwise. This isn't at all a close-minded comment; I had a statistics professor who literally had to have all the class material written in english before hand, and he'd just dictate it to us in class. If any of us had a question, it was almost impossible for him to understand us. I think a lot of the class performed poorly because of this. |
|Aug 30 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |