decided to attend IUP my junior year of high school.
When I came to the college for a visitation it
seemed as though the school had everything I wanted: a
beautiful campus, a large number of students, a small town
setting, and a reputable journalism program. I was still in
love with IUP at the time of my orientation, and
looked forward to starting my freshman year for the months
that followed. I had always heard IUP was a party
school, but I had believed the statements of others to
be exaggerated as not many young adults from my area
attend this university.
I was wrong.
got to IUP as an incoming student it did not
take long for the facade to crumble. I did not
make friends (and still have not over a month into
the semester), and someone had the audacity to tell me
I would not make friends because I don't go out
to parties. Long story short, if you don't drink you'll
have a hard time finding people who want to befriend
On another level, I've found the academics here to
be lacking. I've yet to be intellectually stimulated or challenged
by my coursework, even in my 200 level classes which
I plan to transfer as soon as
this semester comes to a close. The advice I offer
to anyone considering IUP is if you graduated in the
top of your class, are seeking somewhat challenging academics and
believe there is more to college life that partying every
day of the week, IUP is not for you.