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I have been a witness of the exponential and successful growth of Florida International University. When I first came to the US in 2009 it was already expanding and positioning itself as a leading, global and diverse school but today, in 2017 it has consolidated as one of the top colleges in the country, especially when talking about international and global courses like International Business, major which is ranked top 10 in the country by respected publications such US Colleges & Universities and Bloomberg. Maybe you wont get that "college life" you would get in other cities or towns across America, due to Miami being a more Urban city like NYC, but FIU adds other factors to the mix that make it even more attractive. It is a vastly diverse college, with students from all around the world and with a cultural mix that I doubt you will find anywhere else.
Holy c***... is this a horrible school. If you are thinking of going into Journalism, don't... just be another major. Or better yet, go to Miami Dade College. I also graduated from there and was getting A's and B's on the Honor Roll while at the exact same time being on academic probabtion at FIU. Oh it's not because FIU is harder or better- it is harder because they don't give a damn about you succeeding. Miami Dade actually cares about your academic well-being. I was a Journalism major and they had this grammar test at FIU. You have to take it SEVERAL TIMES throughout your Journalism program. Well they have this little information thing you go to for Journalism talking about the requirements and I raised my hand and asked how many people pass it the first try. The dude laughed- literally- not a good sign. But I was ranked in the top 95% of the nation on my SAT for reading and writing and english and fully expected to pass it first try since I had NEVER FAILED ANYTHING ENGLISH IN MY LIFE.... until FIU. They literally killed my GPA. They make you take creative writing and other similar classes - and I got an A. But then you have to take this grammar test- WITH NO STUDY MATERIAL WHAT SO EVER, no grade- pass or fail. They don't talk about it in class, they can't help you with it in the class- they literally do a writing class and you take this grammar test and fail the grammar test and your grade is tied to it (for some reason that makes no sense) so they make your A go to a D! So I try my best to pass it- I take a extra paper and write down all the questions and try to research the answers on my own. I had hundreds of pages of study material I accumulated on my own trying to pass a test in a subject I had never failed in before. Finally after having my GPA ravaged, I set up a meeting with the dean of the Journalism dept at FIU. I told him I've never failed English, writing or grammar. I bring the hundreds of pages of test research I did on my own and set them on his desk (since they give you nothing!) to show how much I studied and asked him, "why can I not pass this test?" You want to know what the dean stated? "Maybe you have a learning disability" Yep.... Ok... where is the office? I got to them and she states they do not give them any study material either. And she is very sympathetic and nice and she states- "you know if you switch majors to liberal studies you only have 5 more classes to graduate" So she helped me switch my major and I got the hell out of that disaster as fast as I could. I have always been horrible with math and at Miami Dade College my first math test I got an F- I asked the teacher what I could do and they have a tutoring area open from 6 am to 3 or 6 pm..( I forget the exact time) and there are teachers and students in very advanced classes - no appointment needed just walk in any time they are open and stay as long as you need before close. I even got tutoring from my own teacher a few times. I got an A in that class..... I never get A's in Math. FIU- I tried to get tutored for this grammar test- it's by appointment only. The kids tutoring me tried, but none of them knew any material on the test or how to help me. They had no idea what I was talking about when stating I needed help with the Journalism grammar test. The period you get tutored is 30 min tops and then it's done and you have to make another appointment. I don't know why people rank FIU so high. I hear it's the major you take and some are good but my experience was nothing but bitter and horrible and I was so ecstatic just to leave. Go to Miami Dade College... sooooo much better. Don't go to FIU it's a cesspool of ignorance and money hungry tactics. They don't care if you succeed. (At least in my experience) Miami Dade does legitimately care about you being successful just go there.
Florida international university is a very well organized and well run university. The curriculum are straight forward and they have professors that not only master the contents of the curriculum but also bring their extensive real life experience to the table. The class rooms are very interactive and professors are usually open to questions.
This is a big commuter school that doesn't offer much support to its students. Partly, it could be due to the large student body that continues to grow and the many different programs it offers. I would recommend FAU if you are considering FIU, especially if the commute is about the same distance.
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 was my home for five years. Had it not been for FIU's ability to provide a variety of degrees, minors and certifications outside of a specific field, I would not have been able to obtain my bachelor's degree in Psychology, minor in Occupational Therapy and certificate in Speech and Language Pathology. Pursing my degree in Psychology opened doors to endless branches of career options. I was able to fall in love with Speech and Language Pathology because of the many courses offered as a Psychology major that opened my interest towards individuals with difficulties communicating. Courses such as " Child development" , " Children's Learning" and "Introduction to Communication Disorders" invited me to walk in the direction I was always meant to follow. What excites me to share with you is how one degree track opens doors to many others. As a Psychology major, I was already in the study of human thinking and truly enjoyed the teaching methods of my Professors. Taking courses that introduced me towards the more hands-on, and more one-on-one interaction with others such as Occupational therapy interested me to pursue a minor. Finally, after learning how passionate I had become about pursuing a career in Speech and Language Pathology, I acquired my certificate in the program and was able to graduate with all three degree tracks under my belt. FIU pushed me left and right, allowing me to experience so much and opened my eyes to so many possibilities that I left the institution confident and ready to pursue my Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology on August 2017.
I appreciate my experiences at FIU overall. I believe the French department prepared me for the French master's degree I would like to pursue this upcoming fall. One of the aspects of the French major at FIU that is beneficial is the cultural activities. Certain courses require you to have a number of French cultural activites: club meetings, museum visits, volunteering events, etc. Another beneficial aspect is Pi Delta Phi. It is a national French honors society through which you can gain other French related experiences. In short, I enjoyed my time as a French student at FIU and I look forward to seeing how else it will positively affect me in the future. Bonne chance tous ! :)
Florida International University is a wonderful school that allows its students to broaden their interests and experience more diversity. The French program is especially wonderful because students get to work closely with professors and have greater opportunities to understand and explore more materials related to linguistics and literature.
FIU is the kind of school in which you can get lost and often you feel like you are just a series of numbers. It is up to each student to make the campus feel like home away from home, especially for the few that will be living out of the dorms. FIU is a very large university and is mostly a commuter school, which means that at the end of the day we pack up and go home, in most cases to our families. FIU is an incredibly strong university in terms of diversity, and I dare say that the least represented group is that of white, non-hispanics. This school provides you with a truly fantastic mixture of individuals from all paths of life, coming from countries most people have not even heard of before. FIU also tries to get students involved in anything and everything and this I truly recommend because it helps you find your niche and reduces the +56,000 students to just a few thousands. Professors are not looking to baby you and you will be held responsible for your shortcomings; however you will also be endlessly recognized for your successes. Professors will regard you as a fellow scholar if you give them reason to believe you truly are dedicated to your field. You will meet many graduate students and they will write the most amazing recommendation letters for you when the time comes. Students develop affinities for certain professors and are able to take as many classes with these scholars as they want. The curriculum is varied and there is no shortage of opportunities, but you have to want it and pursue it like your life depends on it. You must show yourself to be worthy of help and time, but that is just how life works. All in all, I love my school with all my heart.
Overall I recommend the Graduate Certificate Program for any students applying to medical school throughout a transition year. It emulates FIU HWCOM's first year medical school curriculum and prepares students for the rigors of medical school. The courses are taught by medical school faculty and at the level of medical school exams. We even took the NBME subject exams that medical students across the nation take, and in some cases the average of our class was higher than the national average. Apart from the rigorous academic criteria, we learn invaluable professionalism aspects that help us in interviews and in professional life. The professionalism classes helped in understanding ethical aspects of medicine as well as differences in insurance and health systems. This program is great for a transition/preparation year, but it should be noted that this program is extremely challenging; this is absolutely nothing like undergraduate classes. I recommend whoever enters this program apply to other medical schools and not have all of their eggs in one basket since medical school admissions is competitive. Overall, this program is great in preparing you for medical school and I highly recommend it!