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| This place is what you make of it. For those committed to making the most of his or her college experience, OWU provides fodder for an extraordinary liberal arts eduction. |
If you want an academic challenge there are plenty of difficult courses. All of the natural science classes have reputations for being difficult -- but the faculty offer plenty of time for extra help. The most demanding courses in the humanities and social sciences are wonderful; they regularly displace normal thinking, and lead to discussions that reassess assumptions and values.
OWU also serves as a great launching pad for grad school, with surprisingly strong pre-law and pre-med programs. I'm at an Ivy now, working on my MS/PhD, and in my graduating class I knew people that went on to Cornell, U Chicago, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, Stanford, and other better known schools.
So, if you're willing to put hard work into your college education by taking advantage of challenging opportunities in and out of the classroom, OWU may be the place for you.
|Mar 27 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| I wanted to go to the best and brightest university; I envisioned students who stayed up late talking about Obama's plan for the War in Afghanistan or some other intellectual subject, teachers who were nationally renown, and coursework that was focused on writing and developing critical thinking skills. To be honest, however, no such university exists outside of Berkeley, and that was too far away. So, I reformed my naive views of the world and looked for a practical school.|
Washington & Lee is far too limiting: everyone is involved with Greek life and everyone drinks outside of homework. Emory, although pretty and great at academics, isn't as personal as Ohio Wesleyan, nor does its English department meet what I see in OWU's. Oberlin, although it's a very nice school, has the same problems as Columbia and UVA: it has a somewhat snooty student body with somewhat snooty faculty.Ohio Wesleyan students are friendly and helpful. They don't stay up late debating politics every night, but they do it sometimes (at least if your an honors student). The University really helps prepare the student for graduate school, and the faculty are always willing to talk to you. Granted, there are the occasional snooty students and those professors who are so boring that you regret taking the class, but every college has those.
|Feb 17 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| Set an academic and professional goal and work toward that goal with the flexability to change course along the way. Find what you love to do and become very good at it. Focus your energy on establishing your importance within your department, or in the workplace. Think long term and not just this weekend. |
|May 28 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |