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If you want to major in science, please

Apr 08 2014Public Health
If you want to major in science, please do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. The chemistry department lacks ethics, fairness, teaching ability from the teachers, and the stress levels it creates for students is ridiculous. I tried so many times to go to the head department to talk to them about their cruel ways and how i along with other students never really learn anything and then we get penalized for things we never were taught. All the lab TAs are under-qualified and grade according to how they feel about students. The parking situation here is so bad they make you pay over $300 for parking and its always packed so parking is never guaranteed. They instill fear in their students when the Mason department doesn't even care for its students. Every semester, more and more students fail and drop out, they make it hard to get As I just don't understand why under-qualified teachers are giving out less and less As. Its so hard to achieve a 4.0. If i could go back I would have not gone to GMU and would have gone to Vtech or VCU
Male -- Class 2000
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Apr 05 2014Geography and Geosciences

The Dept of Geography is not good. The school of Engineering is much better.

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
University Resource Use: A-, Education Quality: F

George Mason is a good school

Feb 22 2014English
George Mason is a good school.
That being said, it?s not for everyone. Classes are great and the school does try to accommodate to the students needs however, there certainly is a lack of social life for many. I can?t even begin to count the amount of times I?ve been heckled by Police officers and RA?s about whether I?ve been drinking, where I?ve been and who I?ve been with. It gets really annoying after a while. If you have intentions of partying or enjoy drinking, look into Greek life. While it?s your best option, I?ve been to high school parties that are better than ours and you will have to drive a good ways off campus to get to any of them. If you?re not in Greek life, you will be stuck to drink in the dorms. Wait, you can?t do that either because RA?s here will write you up the minute you do so.

Aside from drinking, Mason falls short in many other social areas. While the campus feels like Wallstreet during the week, it?s virtually dead during the weekends. The age-old complaint that Mason is a commuter school still does apply. The overall friendliness on a day-to-day basis depends on the person, but many people solely look out for themselves and have a detailed agenda to abide by throughout the day, so life seems very rushed and chaotic.

The overall atmosphere of the campus is not all the great and seems to be lacking something. A friend of mine stated that, ?Unless you go here, you will never know what that atmosphere is like and why it?s so depressing.? From the outside, Mason will be viewed as a great school. Yes, it?s a great up and coming school. Yes, it?s financially a good decision. Yes, work is constantly being done to improve the school. But, from some student?s perspectives, the atmosphere here at Mason is quite honestly depressing. It?s also a very exclusive school. The town around it isn?t much better either. It?s mostly suburban neighborhoods and you can get to nothing if you don?t own a car. Mason will tell you that D.C is extremely accessible, but you have to catch bus to bus to metro just to get into the city. In total, it?s nearly an hour commute. And if you do have a car, good luck with Northern Virginia traffic.

The school accredits themselves with their diversity. That?s great, everywhere should be diverse. By this day and age, it shouldn?t matter what ethnicity you are, we should all be treated the same. And, while many ethnicities do attend this school, many ethnic groups tend to stay together. What?s the point of claiming how diverse your school is if cliques are formed from where you come from? The majority of the clubs here on campus also promote this. I haven?t been able to join many of the clubs because I?m not the right ethnicity.

After this very negative rant, I will still say Mason is a good school for some. Most of the problems derive from the social scene. There are many who love it here and have no problem finding a social group. But it?s very hard for others. I would suggest really looking into these aspects of the school. If none of these issues matter to you, I would encourage you to go here. But do take into account what people say about the school. The people who are happy here find great joy in the school, but the people who don?t have probably around transferred out or won?t tell you until you are already there.

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