a new media major at this school, which is a
new and upcoming major, dealing with the future of information,
technology, and delivery. And I have LOTS of comments.
First, I'm getting ready to transfer. This is NOT
the school for me. I live in the CT/NYC
area and I'm used to a very different lifestyle.
I find that the people here are homogenous, generally unstimulating,
and totally lacking animation. It's like the walk of
the clones around here. Instead of just mentioning things,
I'll do a pro/con list to simplify:
The internet/intranet is GREAT here. Fast as hell with
few limitations. I only wish everyone could be connected like
this. But when the system goes down, it takes
a long time to get back up.
2) Teachers, in
the right departments, are fantastic. I found amazing physics
teachers, new media, and various other randoms. But I
haven't found one fully functional great department.
3) Financial Aid
dept. is very helpful in new transitions and whatever other
advice you need.
4) Disability services on campus are FANTASTIC.
I have ADHD and they have helped me enormously
through a number of freak health problems along the way.
5) Drinking and partying can be found anywhere. Maybe
6) There are smoking rooms, which made the
7) You can enter to get on campus
apartments as you gain seniority and live with 5 other
people in a pretty nice apartment. But you gamble
on not getting a place to stay.
8) Vacations are
typically great. 2 weeks for spring break, 1 month
for christmas, 1 week thanksgiving. NO national holidays though.
1) Schoolwork is often overbearing and unbelievable.
I was prepared for a lot of work, but not
all nighters all the time. Teachers often can be
cold if you don't approach them correctly about issues/questions/problems.
And I'm pretty good with people.
2) Social life is
the same old thing. If you're not into frats,
drinking in your room, or the ONE club in a
20 mile radius, don't come here. And by club
I mean a disco ball and dry wall.
offers about as much exictement as sleeping.
4) Variety is
nothing. Even the people look all the same.
Diversity on this campus is entirely quota based, and only
because of the athletic teams.
5) I love snow.
Now, I hate it. We had 12 inches last
night and school in the day. Basically, if you
can feasibly move at all out of your door, you're
going to class.
6) Finding events worth going to, or
even finding them at ALL is like finding a needle
in a haystack.
7) Trends are about 2 years behind
8) People move slowly up here.
Imagine the paperwork going about 1/10 of the speed you're
used to, and you're still at a better school.
If you don't have a car, or know someone who
does, you may never have a life outside of campus.
10) Cafeteria food stayed in the system for about 20-25
minutes. We used to have dates in the bathroom
and schedule times.
11) Campus is large. No real
bus system to speak of. I walked over 3
miles a day for classes. Try covering 1 mile
in a 10 minute break between classes in 8 inches
of snow, -10 degrees and it's snowing sideways....
for classes is ridiculous. You have to see your
advisor get your registration number, have your classes planned out,
and half the time it doesn't work out at all. JUST went to online registration this year, and it
barely barely worked. The system is so overloaded that
you have to plan on spending 1 hr+ on the
phone or computer or both. Redial gets worn away,
and often you get booted before you login on either
one. It's aggravating too because registration starts at midnight
and sometimes you have 8am tests the next day.
I had one chemistry lab teacher say to the class:
“I teach you chemistry, you teach me english.” I
switched that day.
14) Add/drop is less than a week
at the beginning of the semester. If you add
a class at the end of that time, you're already
really far behind.
15) You get one weekend before finals,
no added study time.
16) I had a lot of
trouble interacting socially up here. I have NEVER had
that problem. I'm a little older than most around
here, but regardless. I've been all over the US
and here is the ONLY place I feel disconnected from
people. They're aliens, I swear.
17) People here are
friendly, but only on a superficial level. Hard to
explain, but it always seems fake. It's oddly narcissistic,
but not in a way I could explain.
miss living near the water.
19) The highway (if
you're an out of stater) is long and boring.
50 exits take 3 hrs.
20) If you're used to
a faster lifestyle, stay away.
I think that about covers
it point to point.