The bigger the better? I think not!Jul 18, 2001 (Updated Mar 1, 2002) Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Sport and OutdoorThe Bottom Line There are many options in colleges, don't just pick one based on one thing...look at many different things including the size of the campus and student body.
So I've gotten two degrees from two very different state Universities. My first University had a total of get this...3500 students. My second had a total of approximately 45,000. Of course there were differences besides the size. The small one was in the snow while the other only got sludge instead. The large one was in a much larger city. The small one was almost in another country, etc...
But, the point of this essay is simply to speak to the size of Universities. My first inclination is to tell you, as an incoming freshman, to consider your own personality and where you fit. I, as a person from a very small town, was not going to be happy being just a number. I wanted to have an identity and the opportunity to be involved in anything and everything in addition to getting to know my peers and my professors. That turned out to be a very good choice. In addition to being a newspaper editor, I got the opportunity to work for Public Relations, be the VP of a club, and get a 3.7 GPA. It was all-in-all a great experience.
But, needless to say, small Universities aren't necessarily perfect for everybody. The diversity was next to nothing. There wasn't anything like plays and orchestras and for that matter movies to speak of. The shopping was scant, but we did have a Wal*Mart and a bunch of bars and grocery stores. Oh, and I did manage to meet my Husband (okay, we get married in just over a week) on campus there... Oh, and if you aren't sure what your major should be, and small University doesn't have all of the options of a large one. A small college was PERFECT for me, but that's also why they are small. They are only the right choice for so many people.
So far as large Universities go, there are some things to keep in mind...these are all from experience, not heresay. There are alot of choices in your education. You have dozens if not hundreds of choices for your major. There are thousands of class choices. Therefore, if you don't like the Calculus major, you can easily change it to Medeivel History. No big deal. Also, you have plenty to oncampus living options. You aren't forced to live in a same-sex dorm if you don't want to.
But, alas, there are downfalls. The large state University was more expensive overall than the small state University. Yes, there were more restaurants and things to do, but that led to more money being spent. Also, the state University was very impersonal. I had a number, nothing else. Most of the Professors (with the exception of very few) could've cared less what my name was or what I thought...the same could be said of most of my peers. The parking and traffic was horrendous and for that matter horribly expensive. Definitely not worth the trouble. There also weren't as many opportunities for scholarships and grants as the small University. I realize that sounds odd, but it's true...believe me. Also, it is important to note that many more people recognize this University's name over my first one...
Yes, I have two bachelor's degrees. And, yes, I had two very different experiences. There is no question that people should consider options from both sides of the fence. I highly suggest to people in the real world that the at least look at my first, and for that matter favorite, University. I had a great experience, especially when comparing it to my second one. Don't just jump at the first huge, mega-campus (this one, by the way, is the largest self-contained campus in the USA). It may not be the best option for you...
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