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| My college degree definitely helped me get my first position. I do know, however, that my college education did not provide me with the experience I needed in a particular programming language that is considered to be an industry standard. I would reccomend college students try many different things before deciding on a major. It is never too late to change majors. Get an internship! Just because you love the subject doesn't mean you will like the job. They are not the same. |
| Starting Job: Research Analyst, Preparedness: C, Reputation: D+ |
|Jul 13 2007|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| To anyone reading this review, keep in mind that I'm a reserved introvert who doesn't like to screw around with frats and sororities. I came from a small community college and that probably has a lot to do with my perception of UT so far. Simply put, I didn't know how good I had it at my humble little community college.|
The negatives first: the campus is gigantic, parts are unattractive and constantly undergoing construction, it's hilly, and parking for students is UNACCEPTABLE. Seriously, the university is here to SERVE the students, not the other way around, and they can't even provide adequate parking for us. The campus police LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to ticket anybody they can, so watch out for that. If you don't like to walk, you'll hate it here. I like the exercise, but some people might be turned off by that.
Many of the classes are huge and impersonal, which I hate. You feel like just a number at this school and if you don't have a social life on campus, forget about enjoying your time at UT. You've either got to have a lot of friends there, or be rooming on campus. That's probably true for most universities, however. The atmosphere is quite elite and clique-y. A lot of sorority girls in UT sweatshirts and yoga pants. I, for whatever reason, am subjected to extreme mean-mugging from these types of girls and can't quite figure out why. I don't dress like them, but I'm not too flashy or sloppy, either. Just jeans and a cute, casual top. Seriously, most of the guys are decent, but if you're a girl be prepared for cattiness here. These girls like to stare!
Many of the teachers are great, but like any school you get your share of pomposity and arrogance. I have three decent professors, but one is literally the most horrendous and bad-tempered dolt I've ever met in a school setting. I've met some ill-tempered staff members as well. They're individuals like anybody else, but they're not the friendliest or most helpful.
Good things: if you do live on campus and want to get involved in stuff, there are literally dozens of clubs and activities that should appeal to you. The school is right there off the strip, so on the weekend you have plenty of places at which to get blitzed. The school is one of the top-rated in the country, so you get the "prestige" of attending, too. And yes, if you're a football fan, you'll fit right in.
If you're a typical beer-chugging, yoga pant wearing, get- laid-as-much-as possible, football-loving, and spoiled rich kid whose parents can pay for them to live on campus or in the oh-so-lovely Woodland Condos, congrats. You'll love it here. If you're not any of those things, I suggest looking elsewhere. I'm disappointed.
|Oct 08 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I am from Knoxville, and always vowed to never go to UTK. I went to UTC my first two years of college and loved it, but hated how small it was. When I decided to transfer it was between MTSU and UTK, I hate Murfreesboro and my family and friends wanted be in Knoxville, so I decided on UTK.|
It was probably the worst decision I've ever made. One of the few things I did like about UTK was the campus. I thought it was gorgeous, and I really don't mind the hills at all. Now it is all under construction and makes walks to and from classes even more inconvenient.
The worst part about UTK is the people. I'm sorry, but THEY SUCK. And after coming from UTC where everyone is very artsy and different and marching to the beat of their own drum, but still totally accepting of others...this was a major shock for me. Just because I don't look like all the others girls in work out clothes, I get evil glances from every girl. You would also think UTK would be reasonably better than UTC academic wise, but pretty much everything I am learning now at UTK, i already learned at UTC. The problem with UTK is they think they're better than everyone else. Students, faculty, everything about UT is pumping up big orange vol spirit, and the reality is this place is a shithole. I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE.
|Sep 11 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |