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The many negative comments regarding SUNY Potsdam I believe are from downstate students who find themselves in a very unfamiliar environment. They are out of their hostile, competitive, materialistic environment and are disoriented. They find themselves as outcasts among more open, friendly upstaters. Their friends and family pay them very few visits due to the distance of Potsdam from L.I. and NYC areas and the result can be very lonely for shallow, shopping-mall people. Upstaters simply do not play these stupid LI games and a downstate student can feel that they have landed on another planet where they are the cultural minority. If this same school were located closer to NYC, it would be considered at the very TOP of the SUNY system. This is a wonderful school for any self-motivated student who wants a superior education in a safe, clean stimulating environment. If you expect any university to "give" you an education, you will be horribly disappointed; you need to create that process from within yourself. Potsdam offers every opportunity to rise to whatever level you wish. If you cannot get a superior education here, then you would not be able to get it anywhere. It's all really you, you know !
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