Students are on the whole very approachable. The
food and health services are superb. Plenty of high
quality study areas such as a fantastic library and a
helpful place called the Math Empo. People respect stranger's
boundaries. If you seek help, you will usually get
it. Drinking is kept off campus. Long, long
walks to classes will help keep you in shape.
Freshman and Sophomore year, you are
truly just a number, maybe that's an understatement. Your teacher
doesn't know you, and your are not going to get
to know your classmates. 300-500 student classes are not
unusual. Too often an individual class will utilize 5
or more different resources for the same material!. Because
of this, one feels overwhelmed constantly, and those who succeed
are the ones that game, cheat, use sites like Koofers,
and strategize on what is going to be tested.
There are some exceptions in Engineering courses I had taken,
where wisely only one text is used, and is put
on the net for easy access. Classes that took
that approach I did the best in.
Faculty: Teachers range
in quality from lifeless non-english speaking T.A.s to friendly professors
who are bad at lecturing. You never really know what
you are getting into with any individual class, quality varies
wildly. Advisors are mainly there to help you through red
tape and the ridiculously complex and unorganized VT website.
Body: Buses and classrooms are solemn. The student uniform
is plain, darkish colored clothing. Where there are discussions, they
sway towards the mean spirited, bad mouthing, and back stabbing.
Student organizations take themselves way too seriously with complex hierarchies,
unnecessary events, and long constitutions. Most people's personality seems
to be the same: lost of fake smiling, vacuousness, and
some sort of inner struggling. Campus appearance has a
sterile, depressing, bland feel. There's still plenty of left
over paranoia from the tragedy, and the fake threats that
echoed for a few years later.
The campus culture is
patronizing, outdated, lame, and corny. The best example would be
the naming of the middle of the Student Activities Center
“Break Zone”. Then there's “Venture Out”, Greeks everywhere, a
popular!? tan salon adjacent to the Math Empo, a white
pride organization, cow milking club, a Rocky Horror Picture Show
Club!?, etc. Oh and this year Bill Cosby will
be returning for the 17th time!, and later in the
year, a professional hypnotist!
If you are highly self-motivated, diligent,
are absolutely sure you love studying science, and are coming
into the school with a dozen or more friends, then
you should be fine. Otherwise, I don't know what