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| First of all, I recommend H.S. students to have some sort of idea of the career path they want. Then, seriously research your options and make an educated decision. If you need help ask your guidance counselor, teacher you trust, parents, etc. |
Second, this is a church of Christ affiliated school! They are going to have rules that adhere to their belief system If you don't like being given guidelines and limits, do not attend this school. I didn't mind the rules, most of the time they weren't things that I wanted to do anyways. And I never felt that the professors were judgemental, but I know the students are! I consider myself a "church of Christ" Christian, but i'm not sheltered like some of the others who attend are. Even I felt judged and looked down on by those students.
Now here is my biggest complaint about the university: the administrative staff is no better than the administrative staff than a public school. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing, but don't go expecting to be treated better than another school's staff might treat you , just because they are supposed to be Christians. I really view them as hypocrites, but they don't treat all students that way. There is a lot of favoritism within the administrative staff with regards to students. I wasn't a bad student, I didn't get in trouble, but I focused on studies and not the social aspect of the school. I still felt as though the staff didn't like me and wouldn't help me as much as I saw them help some of the other students, even though I really needed questions answered whenever it came to financial aid.
Having said all of that, most of my professors were amazing in every aspect and sometimes I still miss being in their classes, especially for discussions! I met some of the cleaning crew and they were super nice. Some of the IT staff was great. Those people are the only redeeming quality about the faculty and staff. The most negative aspect of the school are the administrative staff. I also made some friends and met my husband at FHU. My time at FHU is more bittersweet than anything else. The good aspects just make me despise the negative aspects even more.
|May 03 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I hate FHU. The rules are so beyond ridiculous. yes, every school has rules, but Freed is so out of hand. Some teachers do help you, but i think it's ridiculous we have to take a bible class every semester when other colleges around us only have to take one at most. I would ONLY advise someone to go to Freed if they were a bible major or liked being told what to do 24/7. People look down on you if you say or do certain things. We are in college and people should act like it. |
|Oct 11 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| For my first few years I thought FHU was the greatest. But my pov was as a very damaged, abused child experiencing love and freedom for the first time. By the time I had been at FHU for a few years, I realized that the quality of education I was getting there was not as good as I had anticipated and the rules were ridiculous. I also thought it inappropriate that each student was required to take a bible class each semester. Years down the road, I was able to see that the education I got there was far inferior than I had thought as a student. I also recalled that in all those required bible courses, we were required to complete tests/assignments with the "correct" church of christ approved doctrine. Anytime I inserted my personal belief that conflicted with church of christ doctrine, points were deducted from my grade. Students from other denominations were also forced to complete tests/assignments with coc doctrine or have their grades docked. Those same students were considered non-christians and all us coc students waited each year for the freshmen heathens to get converted. Finally, I'll mention that I was once turned down for a job because the administrator found out I went to a church of christ college and he was concerned that I would try to push my beliefs on coworkers and clients. That's the reputation the church of christ has and anyone who gets their degree at a coc school is going to be closely scrutinized or rejected for employment at some point because some employers, particularly in the south, don't want employees who think they're the only christians causing problems on the job. Even though I assured that administrator that I no longer held coc beliefs, nor did I attend their services, he was afraid to take the chance. I had a lot of fun at FHU for awhile and it was a healing place for me to be those first few years, but in hindsight, it left me ill-prepared in my chosen field and "marked" me as a religious zealot. |
|Apr 03 2011|| 5th Year Female --
Class 1991 |