University of Southern Mississippi Reviews
As a person in my late 20's, going to a university was exciting yet intimidating. Initially the university was overwhelming. However after the first couple of months, I was glad I didn't give up. USM open it's doors of acceptance and diversity to me. I greatly enjoyed the intelligent staff, beautiful campus and diverse social settings it gave me. I would recommend the University of Southern MS to anyone open and willing to be intuitive, serious, and committed to receiving an overall great educational experience.
I truly enjoyed my time at Southern Miss. As a double major in English and History, I had the experience of studying under some of the best professors. The university worked with me to help me achieve my goal of graduating with two degrees. My advisers were also very knowledgeable.
Southern Miss is a good school for self motivating people. Unmotivated students shouldn't go to university in the first place, but unfortunately the ranks are swollen with them (Not just at Southern Miss, but any typical state school). For even moderately intelligent, unmotivated students, you can slide through and get a degree without having to really challenge yourself. For the intellectually curious student, there are more than adequate resources to really max out the quality of your education. For the most part though, you will have to seek those resources out for yourself. Research professors and find out who the "hard" ones are and then sign up for their classes. Apply to the Honor's College. Learn about resources available through the library system and how to use them. Socially, there's tons to get involved with, and Hattiesburg is actually a really cool town. You can make Southern Miss into whatever kind of experience you want it to be.
As a second generation alumni from USM, I can truly say that I enjoyed my time at the University of Southern Mississippi. I was a double major in English and History and graduated with a degree in both areas. While at USM, I encountered some of the most intelligent professors that pushed me to read, write, and think on the next level. Upon graduation, I immediately began working on my Master's Degree. Due to the rigorous programs at USM, graduate school was not extremely difficult to find success in.
This is a school with a lot of spirit and a wide variety of degree options. The music, education, and polymer science departments are especially good.
The USM School of Social Work provides a comprehensive and engaging degree plan for individuals who desire to be future social workers. The curriculum has recently been revamped and has been adapted to meet the highest of standards to prepare students as they seek to enter the workforce as professional social workers.
The faculty at USM were very helpful and caring. The orientation and tour I had before I began really made my choice that this was the school for me. The staff always did thier best to answer questions and help me with my plans for my future. I would recomment USM highly to anyone who is looking for an inspiring and dedicated faculty and staff.
I graduated from the social work program in May. I thought it was a great program, and USM has one of the highest if not highest pass rate for the licensure exam for graduates. I passed the LSW licensure with no problem and 10 questions to spare. I was accepted into the Advanced Standing program for my Master's, and I hopped right back into school at the end of May. I would recommend Southern's social work program to anyone interested in becoming a social worker. The teachers are great and are second to none.
At The University of Southern Mississippi is a family oriented university. We all come together to help each with excel in academics, community outreach, social life, and career opportunities. We are connected with highly-skilled, knowledgeable experts at Southern Miss. They can provide the necessary assistance to ensure our educational and professional development is a great for success for a lifetime not just at graduation.
My college experience wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The thing that was best about it was the social experience; it was nice to get the feel for having roommates and also to meet a large variety of people. I fit in fairly well at the school. The work wasn't too difficult and the people were nice; there was even an anime club and an improv group that helped me to connect with others and enjoy seeing something I was really into. All that said, as far as the work goes, I sometimes feel as though the university does not properly prepare students for the real world because some of the work is too simple and graded too easily. Perhaps the best experience as far as the education aspect went, and the social for that matter, had to have been the Fiction class offered; that's where I met a large amount of my college friends, including my first girlfriend, and also got to enjoy doing what I love--writing stories.
I think I would choose a different degree, though I am not sure what degree I would choose. I say this because around my senior year I really began thinking about how few jobs were probably looking for someone with just a degree in English. I would choose something more practical. It is for the very reason just listed that I selected "somewhat" earlier when asked if obtaining the degree helped find a job. Although I'm not hired yet, the degree has opened up more job possibilities than would be available otherwise; even so, the job possibilities in the field seem limited, hence why I would choose a different degree.
I would advise students to go to college, but to think long and hard about what they want to do in the future, career-wise, and whether or not it would make sense in the long run. I would also advise students do everything they can to look into possible scholarships--looking online, talking to school officials, etc. Otherwise they could wind up owing loans upon graduation. Furthermore, I would likely recommend they look into online job sites so that, if they can't afford the time for a real job during their education, they can still make a couple dollars a day to assist in funding for their education, even if only by a little.