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The University of Connecticut

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueA- University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityC- Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Dec 02 2008
Major: Music Education (This Major's Salary over time)
I really have mixed feelings when I look back on my college expirience. I ended up choosing UConn due to the reputation of the education department, and not the music department. I ended my career there feeling the exact opposite.

I loved the music department and felt that for a state school without a big reputation in the music world that it is an extremely fine department with alot of really fantastic, top level professors. I feel very satisfied with the music part of my degree.

However, I wasn't very satisfied with the Education aspect of the program. I don't know what the other education programs are like, but as a music major I had to wait until my junior year to apply. This means I wasn't in a classroom until my senior year! Unlike the other degrees which give you a masters in 5 years, music gives you two bachelor's degrees in 5 years. Fortunately I started at a master's pay scale due to the number of credits I had, but it means I still have to do my masters.

I also feel like the ed psych courses we took with the full department were a massive waste of time. I remember very little about them. Over the past 4 years, all the ed pysch that I have acctually needed could have been taught to me in a day.

The music ed classes that I took were fairly well designed and put together, but no where near diverse enough to prepare you for your certification. I am currently teaching MS and HS in an urban district doing MS classroom music, HS choir, musical theater and piano. Most of the classes i took in college were super focused on elementary, and as a result, I feel as if I had to learn all new material on my own my first two years of teaching.

Despite UConn's placement in the middle of a cow field in the middle of nowhere CT, I loved my social life there. I made tons of friends and always had something to do. Then again, i'm not much for bars and clubs, but there are so many people on campus and so much going on, you could always find something entertaining.

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