Florida International University Reviews - Bachelor's in English
Review of English Bachelors Degrees
Great scholars and professors here in the program, but lack of resources and financial opportunities destroys any chance at feeling a part of the college experience. This is a program that almost punishes you for pickingmit, and the school itself is all lip service when it comes to helping out students.
Florida International University offers students a unique learning and social experience with its exceptional quality of instruction and numerous extracurricular opportunities. Although students outnumber faculty, each faculty member devotes significant time to students in order to meet their needs and understand their approach to learning. FIU is an immensely diverse university with over 60% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. FIU's diverse population offers cultural insight and an opportunity for individual growth unlike any other university.
Overall, I am grateful for the education I received at F.I.U. My core courses fully developed my writing skills and challenged me academically to reach and attain more for myself. Subsequently, this was the first time I personally was made aware of the color of my skin. Miami is such a diverse cultural city and my skin color did not matter. However, while attending F.I.U. this changed with professor Suggs; who constantly reminded me of this. Whenever, I volunteered to critique a writer in class, he overlooked me and would not allow me to speak. It was not until an African American writer's work was discussed would he call on me despite the fact, I never volunteered to critique the author's work. Additionally, when we had to read our work to the class, my peers in the course would applaud my insightful analysis of the paper which I always managed to receive a "B" plus on. Several students noticed that my papers never had any of his red corrections on them or comments; yet, I received the grade mentioned previously. To top it off, other students who were not African American whose papers had red marks everywhere always received "A's". My peers who noticed the discrepancy (of my color) told me to speak up and ask his rationale for the grade. I did. Sadly, he marked "that is the grade you earned." I did take the matter up with the Dean of the Arts and Science but because I was schedule to graduate in the summer if I were to pursue and challenge the grade in the course, my credit would be withheld pending the results of the case and I would not graduate on time. I withdrew my case because I had secured a teaching position at Arvida Middle School. I do now regret not pursuing the case, because I know in my heart I was penalized for the color of my skin. All in all, professor Sugg's actions we his alone, and do not take away anything from F.I.U.'s academic institution.
Florida International University is a place of diversity, a unique and welcoming aspect that I instantly gravitated towards to. Since the moment of my first class, I have felt welcomed, respected, and comfortable in its environment. FIU's slogan 'A World's Ahead' truly embodies what the university stands for in terms of its academics, integrity, work ethic, diversity, and university culture. Likewise, each degree department contains student advisors, teachers, TA's, deans, and the like of which all care for your wellbeing, academics, and are there whenever the going gets tough--should it ever come to that. With that being said, I can't thank FIU enough for opening its doors for people just like me. I would recommend this university to anyone and everyone.
Very low bar and no challenges. Not a very thoughtful university. Not great in terms of community.