At UTK you're a number. I have had many problems
with “the big orange screw” through out my three years
at UT. I am 3 semester away from graduating.
The campus is over run with:
a) Greek life.
You see the sorority girls walking around in packs in
their matching t-shirts or dresses. I'm sure this is a
great environment for some, but for others it is intimidating,
and kind of annoying.
b) Religious Groups. I have never
been invited to more church services in my entire life.
There is a bible study being advertised for every night
of the week. The people are very nice though, so
even if you are not religious, it is an easy
way to meet people.
3. The university schedules activities, but
the often lack attendance and enthusiasm. I can say this
with experience because I really did throw myself into trying
to participate during my freshman year.
4. I have
lived on campus every year, and the only reason I
am moving off campus is because I'm getting married. I
would highly suggest it because when you end up with
an 8 am class because it was the only section
avialable, it will be that much easier to skip -
knowing you have to drive to school. It also makes
it nice if you have a break between classes. I'm
surprised that I am suggesting this, because I have had
a couple of nightmare-ish roommate stories, but on-campus living has
far too many perks in my opinion.
5. My favorite
thing to do on campus is go to the plays
put on at the Clarence Brown Theatre. They are $5
with your student ID, and they are always entertaining. Cheaper
than a movie, and more culturally enriching, makes far a
great - cheap - date!
6. Knoxville has terrible water,
and air. Terrible = polluted. I've never had allergies before,
but apparently I'm allergic to Knoxville. Thankfully I have never
had a problem getting into the “free” (part of your
tuition) clinic. Take advantage of this. You do have to
pay for any actual tests now (that's new this year
- 2009) but it's a good clinic. Just remember, they
see a lot of mono, and the common cold, and
fakers. So be persistent and you will get better service.
7. The food generally sucks. Except for the omlettes.
I find my classes easy and, sometimes, boring. I have
had two teachers that I couldn't understand, two that did
not do any lesson planning, and a couple of really
amazing teachers. Get online, look at teacher reviews of people
who have taken the classes. You'll have better luck that
I go to UT because my dad went to
UT. I have no connection to this school other than
to hurry up and graduate. I have had more health
problems here than I have ever had before, but I
don't blame that on the school. I have tried to
offer some positive advice, but I can honestly say
that knowing what I know now - I would never
come here. If you don't find your perfect group of
friends, Knoxville is a big, lonely city.