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I loved attending Syracuse so much!! I would highly recommend the school. It is expensive however, they give generous academic scholarships and financial aid. I have always found that the professors really want to help the students. I would recommend pursuing research opportunities, joining the sports teams (being an college athlete is a once of a lifetime experience), and applying to the honors program, which is an incredible program.
I found my undergraduate program to be exceptional in the field of psychology; however, the neuroscience program is still growing. The campus offers many opportunities to get involved in various areas of interest. With my healthcare and humanities interests, I joined Global Medical Brigades, Habitat-for-Humanity, and a brain and behavioral psychology lab. The school gave me the stepping stones to set me up for a successful future. I am grateful for getting a great job out of college at Johns Hopkins University. Other than the Arts and Sciences program, Syracuse is known for its Communications school, Newhouse, and its' business school, Whitman. Each school is its own entity and once you commit to one, it can be difficult to transfer to a different school. For this reason, it is best to go into this college with a general knowledge of the field you would like to major in. Sports are a huge part of the undergraduate experience. The boys basketball team is very popular for creating a huge fan base, with orange pride running through the entire campus. The school spirit is huge and if that is the culture you would like to be a part of, then this is certainly the school for you. The biggest downfall of Syracuse is the weather. Winters can be absolutely brutal, even for a fellow New Yorker. The wind from the great lakes makes it difficult to walk to class; however, I definitely got used to it and found it to be 100% worth it. I was given the best 4 years and made a great group of friends. Overall, if you want to attend a school with exceptional academics, tons of school spirit, and do not mind the cold, then this is the school for you.
I thought it was a good program, however, it could have been more academically challenging. I was looking for more mentorship within the faculty. Individual attention could have been enhanced. The students were highly social but not necessarily focused on academic achievement and competition. The professors could have taught more techniques to increase our skill level. The fashion design program did not prepare students accurately for occupational experience. School stressed the creative and limitless boundaries of imagination. Although I appreciated the ability to be imaginative and inventive with design, it does not reflect real world job experience. The industry is all about limitations, catering to customers needs, and making compromises with the construction, costs, materials, hardware, and timing. The environment between school and working in the industry are at extremes. School is perceived as on a self-directed schedule with facilitators and driven by personal grades. A design job often leads to a stressful, unfriendly atmosphere of constantly proving yourself with long hours and complete dedication. The creative freedom is greatly reduced to fit the molds of consumer targets. Syracuse should teach their students more about the industry experience to prepare for post college life. With that being said, I still enjoyed the undergraduate program. The most memorable and productive part of my college experience, was studying abroad. Being able to study in a different country with new perspectives and external feedback, I gained valuable learning moments. I am grateful for the opportunity to study abroad. I highly recommend the chance to study abroad. The design program could help more with finding Internships and job opportunities. Networking within fashion design alumni and faculty can be improved. If given the chance to redo the undergraduate experience, I may have looked into other programs more seriously.
I worked really hard to get into the S.I Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. After my first semester of school I was still settling into college life. I've always been an over achiever and joined a ton of clubs and organizations, and maintained a 3.9 throughout the course of the year. It wasn't until my junior year when I had two abhorrent professors that I became completely appalled by SU. In office hours one male professor openly flirted with me and asked me "how many men had asked me out" on campus. Not only did it make me uncomfortable, but completely unwilling to ever return to his office hours which made my grade drop and increased scrutiny in class. To make it worse- this professor is older and in his early seventies. Many consider him a legend of sorts in Newhouse, and it seems he is immune to any sort of discipline. Historically, friends who have graduated have told me that the only guys in his class always receive the highest grades (the class is predominantly female). To make matters worse, I gave a big presentation in another advertising class with the other male professor, and became so nervous that I fumbled some of what I wanted to say and the presentation came out much worse than I expected. It would have been fine to accept a lower grade than I wished and worked on my public speaking skills, but the professor openly roasted me in the class. His exact words were, "that was a complete mess, and utterly hard to watch." Needless to say, I felt destroyed. It wasn't like I hadn't worked my butt off but the workload I had that week was intense. I was overworked, exhausted, and now humiliated. I felt like I was being put down again and again. Here's the coup de gras- I take out 60k in student loans to have these old white men teach me things I can learn in seconds on the internet and conduct themselves absolutely shamelessly. Syracuse University should not be on any intelligent, high achieving person's college list. This is the honest truth.
Syracuse Universitys B.A. in Psychology program is good. Not great, but good. It focuses on the fundamentals of the science, but is limited in the experience needed to be ready for the field. Classes are interesting, but I found that most of them are classes which introduce you into the subject areas, including history and key words, and do not really give you hands on experience. Research labs are great to gain practice with experimentation, but does not fully prepare you for the job. This is similar for all psychology undergraduate degrees though, as furthering your education in a graduate degree is necessary in order to actually get a job in the field you want. Because of the size and population of the school, you do not receive much attention from your advisors, unless you put in the work to have them help you. Which is understandable, given that they are professors as well, however they do not give as much helpful information and guidance as you may have hoped without pushing them to it. It is an overall great school, and do not regret choosing it one bit!
Attending Syracuse University was by far one of the best decisions that I have made thus far, I have gain great education, large network of people that want to see succeed and could help provide guidance, as well as playing a major role in my personal growth as individual.
Syracuse University. The best undergraduate program I believe you will find anywhere. You might ask why? The moment you step on campus and take in the community feel; orange pride, outgoing faculty members and driven students you cannot ask for more social, ethnic and academic diversity. Students and faculty travel from all over the nation and country to discover who they will become after four years of higher education. I argue that Syracuse University provides the most opportunities to find both your social or academic niche over the course of four blessed and orange years!
Syracuse University has become my home away from home. I truly felt like I received the college experience from Syracuse. I felt academically challenged as I was able to maintain a social life. The possibilities of internships and research positions were endless, and my experiences that I had at Syracuse allowed me to follow my passion of helping people into graduate school at the University of Denver. I am forever grateful for my Syracuse experience and hope students who choose Syracuse will have the same experience.
This program really changed my view on education and teaching, and have not only increased my passion for teaching but also have taught me to be a creator of change in the education community. I have not looked for a teaching job yet as I am planning to enroll in graduate school after graduation, but with the education Syracuse has given me, I have been accepted to Teachers College at Columbia University. I am excited to take all of the skills and resources Syracuse has given me to apply to my future and the future of the students I hope to teach.
The great thing about Syracuse University's Music Industry program at the Setnor School of Music is that it is so comprehensive. As a graduate of this program, I am qualified to pursue jobs in any part of the music industry, from concert promotion, to record production, to artist management.