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The Universe Of Universities

Posted by Aderia , Apr 25 2012 · 48 views

Aha, yeah, I'm starting to feel kinda old. As of recently, I've been starting to look at colleges. At this point, I'm just trying to decide what I'm looking for in a school.

One thing I know (97% sure) is that I'm looking for a college with a strong English (and/or writing) department, and preferrably a Liberal Arts school. I've been asking around as much as possible, so I figured why not blog about it XP.

So can any of you give me pointers? This entry is more geared towards those people in college or also looking at colleges, but any input would be nice. Some big things I have questions about are:

-Campus life. Clubs, study groups, whatever. Like, if you're involved in any, are they worth it, etc.
-Sports. I've heard that if you play a college sport, it rules your life, even though I'm not wild about that aspect, I am sort of interested.
-Classes. Mostly, did you find yourself having to work a lot harder than in high school.
-Room and board. Even though college is still a few years away for me, I still get nervous jitters when I think about who my roomate might be. Any condolances?
-Spare time, as in how much of it do you have, compared to pre-college life?

Of course, that's barely even a fraction of my questions, but they are some of my biggest.

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Personally, I've been laying on the classes pretty heavily in college, so I'm not in that many extra clubs. Of the two I'm really involved in, I'm regretting joining one a bit because it just isn't gelling with what I enjoy doing as much as I thought it would. The other, however, is a really great place to hang out and chat with other people in my department, and it's been a ton of fun. So it really varies from club to club.

Can't talk about sports, considering I'm prohibited from playing most of them seriously by my doctor. Ah, the joys of awful joints. That said, people who are involved do tend to put a lot of time in, as far as I know.

Have you taken/are you taking/planning to take AP courses at all? (Assuming you're in America, of course.) Those work as a pretty decent barometer for college courses. In college, however, with the exception of high-credit, intensive courses (like some language courses), it's fairly uncommon to meet every day. You might have a lecture for a class two days a week and a discussion one day a week. The workload similarly varies from class to class - some courses might hit you with a lot of smaller assignments, others will give you a few large assignments, still others might have no assignments at all and base your grade entirely on exams. Generally, yes, you should expect to work more in college. The good news is that you have much more autonomy over what classes you take and what sort of work you do, so you'll be working with something you're interested in.

With regards to roommates, I wound up living with a friend from high school, and that's worked rather well for us. That said, there's also plenty of people on my floor that are super cool, and at least where I live there's a very friendly atmosphere, with at least four or five people out in the lounge at any given time playing cards or chatting or whatever. Again, this is just my experience, and there is of course the off-chance you'll get a horrible roommate, but even if you do, there should be plenty of other people to hang out with.

Spare time is an interesting subject. Less time actually spent in class means more time to choose what to do, but between schoolwork, clubs, hanging out, and anything else, you might not have as much of it as you'd think.

All that said, at least for me college has been excellent. I'd say don't worry too much - if nothing else, it's a clean slate. Everyone else there has the same questions - just roll with it.
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Personally, I've been laying on the classes pretty heavily in college, so I'm not in that many extra clubs. Of the two I'm really involved in, I'm regretting joining one a bit because it just isn't gelling with what I enjoy doing as much as I thought it would. The other, however, is a really great place to hang out and chat with other people in my department, and it's been a ton of fun. So it really varies from club to club.

Can't talk about sports, considering I'm prohibited from playing most of them seriously by my doctor. Ah, the joys of awful joints. That said, people who are involved do tend to put a lot of time in, as far as I know.

One of the bigger reasons I was considering sports is that it would help me get to know some other students before the first semester starts up. Also, I hear ya about the bad joints, even though my experience isn't first hand. One of my siblings and both my parents, as well as one of my closest friends from school have the same kind of trouble.

Have you taken/are you taking/planning to take AP courses at all? (Assuming you're in America, of course.) Those work as a pretty decent barometer for college courses. In college, however, with the exception of high-credit, intensive courses (like some language courses), it's fairly uncommon to meet every day. You might have a lecture for a class two days a week and a discussion one day a week. The workload similarly varies from class to class - some courses might hit you with a lot of smaller assignments, others will give you a few large assignments, still others might have no assignments at all and base your grade entirely on exams. Generally, yes, you should expect to work more in college. The good news is that you have much more autonomy over what classes you take and what sort of work you do, so you'll be working with something you're interested in.

Ahaha, yes, I'm in America. It didn't really cross my mind about things being different from country to country. I am planning to take an AP Lit course that's offered senior year of HS. There are AP Math courses offered for next year, but math isn't exactly my forte, so I didn't sign up for those. And yes, the specialization of classes is what I'm really looking forwards to.


With regards to roommates, I wound up living with a friend from high school, and that's worked rather well for us. That said, there's also plenty of people on my floor that are super cool, and at least where I live there's a very friendly atmosphere, with at least four or five people out in the lounge at any given time playing cards or chatting or whatever. Again, this is just my experience, and there is of course the off-chance you'll get a horrible roommate, but even if you do, there should be plenty of other people to hang out with.

Aha, wow, what are the odds of that happening? And from what I've heard, including from you, dorm-life is usually really cool.

Spare time is an interesting subject. Less time actually spent in class means more time to choose what to do, but between schoolwork, clubs, hanging out, and anything else, you might not have as much of it as you'd think.

All that said, at least for me college has been excellent. I'd say don't worry too much - if nothing else, it's a clean slate. Everyone else there has the same questions - just roll with it.


The whole clean-slate/'leaving the nest' aspect of going off to college really appeal to me, and I'm really excited! I think it's just the anxeity of not knowing where exactly I'm going and all have me asking all those questions. Thanks for taking time to answer them!
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I had way more free time in college than in high school. Classes were far less difficult than in high school. But a lot of them also don't have attendance policies. Just make sure to go to class and you'll be fine.
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