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| I have been at SMU for a year and a half now (almost two) and I absolutely love it. The quality of education seems to be going up and the opportunities the school offers are getting stronger. The school is located in a major city that is now one of the largest in the nation. Hence, job placement is NEVER a problem. Although the school costs A LOT, they do give out a decent amount of financial aid as well. I have enjoyed every minute at SMU.I will agree that the Greeks seem to dominate although only 1/3 of the school is in the Greek system. It is really not that hard to make other friends, if you try. I honestly would not change my experience here. |
|Apr 03 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I graduated in 2005, and I've found that SMU's name recognition has increased considerably, especially with the new Bush Library being housed there (which I don't agree with, but that's another story). No matter what sector you're in, you'll find people who've at least heard of the school or know of one of their programs. |
I found that the journalism program was excellent. The faculty and staff had been working journalists for many years, some of them award-winning, and had many contacts within the field. They were always encouraging, easy to talk to, easy to get in contact with, and treated students with respect. My professor used her contacts to get me an internship, which turned into my first job -- I was actually hired before I received my diploma.
Considering the basic collapse of the newspaper industry, I wish I had taken classes on the business side of the news, so I could have a better understanding of it. But the semester after I graduated, SMU's journalism program started a joint program with the Cox School of Business. The administration does their best to keep the program ahead of the curve.
Being a medium-sized school there's tons of opportunities to practice your craft and know a little of everything -- print, broadcast, Web. I worked at The Daily Campus, the student newspaper, where I gained more experience and forged friendships that last to this day. And again, internships. The faculty and staff work to get you the inside track, especially if you've got the talent and drive.
I wasn't into the whole Greek thing, nor did I come from a wealthy family, nor was I politically conservative, which are big stereotypes about the average SMU student. They're there if you want to be in that group, but there's more diversity at SMU (in students, faculty, and thought) than you would think.
I don't work in newspapers anymore, but the foundation that I received at SMU definitely helped in the transition to my current position. Like most students, I have student loan debt, but I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.As a high school or college student, I'd advise you to work on your writing and storytelling, be inquisitive, be engaged, and have a good work ethic. Take a campus tour and speak to students or learn about professors in your desired program. Be proactive about your education. Map out your class schedules with your advisor, but figure out ahead of time what classes you need to take. I think in each instance, you definitely get out of the program what you put into it.
|Feb 13 2009|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| Academics at SMU are great.|
Opportunities at SMU are great. There are many programs to take advantage of and even MORE to take advantage of if you LOOK for them. If you want to start your own club, you have ability to do so, but finding the right faculty member to help you may be difficult.
Diversity is an issue here. I feel like most of the negative reviews must be coming from white people because us minorities do not have a hard time finding people to be good friends with. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of minorities stick together allowing the white people (the ones who permeate the stereotype) to take over as they wish. Minorities on campus are NOT a dominate force. White rich students are. I am not going to say they are snooty because to be honest, none of my white friends are snooty but I am sure the white people writing these reviews will have more white friends than me and thereby know more white snooty people than me. Likewise, I know more snooty minorities than white people would, but there is always going to be an unpleasant person at any university.
If you like to party, there is USUALLY a party (not always and they are usually not that great. This isn't UT, sorry). For the most part, you have to either indulge in oncampus fun (join clubs and attend on campus events), indulge in the white-people culture, or actually live life how YOU want to live it in order to enjoy yourself.
Also, I think most people commenting are not joining any clubs or any clubs that really fit them. If you find a club or something you are passionate about, you will not have time to befriend people who are not good people. You will only surround yourself with good people and there are lots of good students and friends on this campus. The only way you will be with snooty annoying people is if you are lying to yourself, desperate to fit in, lost in your life, etc.
I agree that most people here are not going to reach out and take interest in you. Maybe its a Texas/ Dallas thing. I never expect people to come and meet me, but maybe some place of the country you are from people are really that friendly. However, the people here are very helpful.
Basically remember that this isn't highschool. You don't have to do what you did back then. You don't have to hang out with the same people everyday. You don't have to party all the time either, you need to study, you know? You need to learn how to live YOUR life. Otherwise you will be unhappy like the previous poster who surrounded herself with negative people. Learn how to avoid negative people (that is once you truely learn they are negative... do not be prejudicist and avoid people without knowing them) and be truely open and accepting to everyone so you can find good people (maybe the previous poster is only looking in one group when there are MANY students here that need love, as well... say hi to anyone and everyone). Otherwise, it will take you a long time to grow up and be happy.P.S. Meadows (our art school) students (particularly dancers and actors) are crazy, insane, and fun. Try to befriend some of them.
|Dec 08 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |