In my opinion, Siena is a
very friendly place. The people who go here are
generally friendly, the type who, even if you don't know
them, will smile and hold the door open for you.
As in every college, there's many
types of people here. There's really down-to-earth people, and
there's high-maintenance types. There's people from big cities, and
small towns. The majority of people are from New
York or the surrounding states, but there are people from
ever been to look at large colleges, you are accustomed
to seeing huge lecture halls, which can hold hundreds of
students. Well, that image is not even close to
what Siena is. Classes generally have around 25 students.
This way, you can actually get involved in the
class, and not just sit there and be lectured at.
I find my classes to be worthwhile.
As I said, it's not just a boring lecture.
You actually get involved! In my intro to education
class, for example, we're working in groups to create a
lesson, and then teaching it to the class. You
can't find that kind of thing at most schools.
In my opinion, the majority of
professors are warm and understanding. They want to help
you succeed. While they're not about to be handing
out A's if you don't try, they're there to help.
They are willing to help you on their own
time, even outside of their mandatory office hours. While
there's a few tough teachers out there, there's tough teachers
at every school.
The administration, on the other
hand, is a bit of a pain. Public safety
will treat you like you are still in high school,
which I don't really appreciate. If you stay out
of trouble, however, you won't have much of a problem
The campus is
located in a suburban area, but with easy access to
Albany (Siena students get free bus rides). I like
this. There's the benefits of the city, such as
being able to go to nice restaurants and concerts, but
the benefits of the suburbs, such as not living in
an area that has a bail bonds on every corner.
There's not much to walk to from the campus,
but as I said, you get a free bus ride!
The campus is well-kept. There's plenty of
grassy areas to play a sports game with your friends,
or just lounge about between classes. There's plenty of
foliage, which gets pretty in the fall time, and I
think it's a pleasant area.
can use some updates, such as installing more drains in
the bathroom showers, but overall, it's all right. The
rooms are a bit small, nothing glamorous, but that's college
Things to Do:
a party school. If you're looking for a place
that is pretty lax about students partying, this isn't the
place. Siena can be pretty strict about under-21 students
drinking, especially freshmen.
That being said, some people
party. Some people don't. Whatever you decide to
do, you'll find people who do the same.
There's plenty of things to do, if partying isn't really
your scene. There's a bunch of clubs and intramural
sports. The student union hosts a variety of events
throughout the year. You might be a bit bored
some nights, but you'll find something to do on most
If you've looked on
Siena's webpage, you've probably noticed that it is a Franciscan
Catholic school. Don't worry if you're not Catholic, though.
You're not required to go to mass, or participate
in any kind of religious activity. One of the
required gen-ed courses is a religious one, but you can
take something like “World Religions,” or “Judaism,” and not be
involved in Catholicism at all.
And even though
Siena is a religion-affiliated school,I think that all types of
people are accepted here. I know plenty of people
who are LGBT, or have piercings, or are just different
from the rest of the crowd, and it's not as
if they are treated badly by the school.
people who decide to go to Siena:
housing forms in early, so you don't get put in
a forced triple.
As someone else said, college is what
you make of it. If you get involved, and
find your niche that way, you'll love it.
while it lasts!