Texas A & M University College Station
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Texas A & M University College Station - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||19|
|Avg years at University||2.9|
|Research Quality||B+ (7.7)|
|Research Availability||B (7.3)|
|Research Funding||B (6.6)|
|Graduate Politics||B (7.1)|
|Errand Runners||B (7.2)|
|Degree Completion||B+ (7.8)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B (7.2)|
|Sufficient Pay||B+ (7.6)|
|Education Quality||B+ (7.7)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B+ (7.9)|
|Useful Research||B+ (8.0)|
|"Individual" treatment||B (6.9)|
|Campus Beauty||B (7.0)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (7.7)|
|University Resource/spending||A- (8.7)|
|Surrounding City||B- (6.3)|
|Social Life/Environment||B- (6.2)|
There are huge political gaps between nautical program, CSFA, and the rest. Political issues in the department seem more important than teaching and training students. They are mainly evaluated based on how much money they bring to the university and the number of publications, so they have no reason or motivation to care about students, unless their personality or belief or philosophy drive them to do so.
There are good professors and bad professors. Bad ones treat their OWN graduate students like disposable. No compassion. And they call themselves Anthropologists...ironic. Others fall between OK to good and empathetic towards their students.
In the department, unfair and unreasonable treatment of students happened in the past. If you are on the wrong end, you can get kicked out of your program without notice. Department doesn't take any action about it. I don't recommend this department for graduate degrees.
The University itself gears towards diversity, but sadly it is only superficial diversity, just trying to increase the number of people from diverse background without facilitating the support system. If there is, it's hiding somewhere, not easily accessible. New international students remain mainly clueless unless they contact the student association of their nationality before they arrive. Chinese, Indians, and Koreans comprise most of the internationals. White Republicans dominate undergraduates and the campus. Very conservative. But don't get me wrong. Of course there are a lot of good-hearted people in the university and community who really care about people. You treat people with respect and care, they treat you with respect and care. I've been helped a whole bunch when I experienced tough times. There are really selfish arrogant people too. It's just like everywhere.
Faculty at A & M are there for international students -
Have been ignored, stood up and delayed by my committee chair. I think it's because I am not connected to an influential male, or married to someone in academia. Basically I have no political connections- so I am just grist for the mill.
Faculty only pay attention to grad students who are working for them, international students, students of color, and spouses of influential people in academia.If you are a white adult- not working for the university- go someplace else. This program just stalls amd wastes your time!
Cons: College Station is a difficult place to live in for a foreigner. The clerks that should provide information to get you familiar with the place are too much concerned about their own lives to try to know anything like how the buses work. In short, the entertainment is really difficult to find, the heat s*cks from mid Spring to late Fall (!), so there is no escape for those who don't drive, and the only bus out of town leaves from the neighboring city, once a day, and takes 5 hours to get to Austin.
Although it is possible to move around by bike, at some point one gets tired of buying groceries that way. The city is horizontal so unless you live really close to campus, bikes are not really a good option.
The students are friendly, but there is no denying, this is a redneck land and the minute you put your feet out of the campus, you are a foreigner and will be treated as such.
Despite the university's strong efforts to promote diversity, still it is like living in the Melrose sitcom. There is even a place called Melrose.The city is not built for those who need a little more urban lifestyle. The cultural life is close to zero. It is so boring that even undergrads work on Sundays.
The University has made great accomplishments in diversity. The student population is becoming more diverse every year. I have made many white and non white friends during my time here. If you are into the traditions here have fun and do as many or as few as you want. I know plenty of people who like to do some but aren't super hardcore and everyone gets along fine...just keep an open mind.
The secret to succeeding in classes is to get to know your professors. Introduce yourself the first day, sit in front, ask questions and visit your professor during office hours. They'll get to know you and realize that you are making an effort in their class. Also try the numerous clubs, groups and activities that the University has to offer. You'll get to meet a lot of people and make some friends who you will keep in touch with the rest of your life. Try out as many as you can at first and then stick with the couple your really like. Sports Clubs, for example, is a great place to keep in shape, learn a new sport or continue with one you've done before. Most are competitive but also have members that just do it for fun and for the camaraderie. I think over all our experience will be what you make of it.
The other positives are the quality of other facilities like rec center, arts and crafts studio.I have gone back to school after working for a few years and this school is not Texas A&M. And I appreciate the positives of Texas A&M even more now. Another thing about Texas A&M that I appreciate now is the dedication and ethics of my fellow students at Texas A&M, which is unfortunately lacking in the school I am currently attending.
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