I consider Ashland University as a school that holds themselves to such high standards that it puts pressure on the students to excel and keep excelling at an alarming rate or you might not fit in with the "rest of us." I don't want to be "The Ashland University" so we can rival OSU for a big name. I want to be a student at Ashland University, getting a normal education and having the opportunity to make my own choices. It is my life and for once, I would love the chance to live it without so many standards.
Some of Ashland's policies restrict living and the expression of its students, such as its policy on off-campus living and alcohol usage. In order to live off campus at Ashland you must be 22 years old, married, or have served in a branch of the military which makes it impossible for many students to ever live off-campus in more affordable housing. Also, Ashland is a dry campus for everyone, even if they are legally able to consume alcohol. And Ashland's tuition is quite high.
For me, the worst part of Ashland University would be the fact that students are unable to live off campus. I find this the biggest flaw in my school because I think college is the time in your life when you should figure out how to do important things such as paying the electric and water bills each month, as well as learning to cook. Because Ashland doesn't allow its students to live off campus I feel some students may lack this basic knowledge when they graduate.
In reflecting on my time at Ashland, I think the most challenging thing for me was time and accessiblity. I was fortunate they had a satelite campus not too far fro where I was living at the time. I would have like to seen their main campus and had the opportunity to take classes there. Likewsie, I had a lot of adjunct professors, this was a challenge because often they did not have office hours or have a lot of face-to-face accessiblity to their students.
The worst thing about Ashland University, in my opinion, is that I was not able to commute for my first year. I had wanted to commute to decide if I would later like to live on campus but that thought was immediately shot down. It was said that I needed to apply to live off campus, but a very, very small percentage is able to actually live off campus. I feel that this may be a decision breaker for some prospective students.
The cost. A lot of financial aid is given to incoming freshmen but a lot of it is only for students' first year. A few scholarships are available to only upperclassmen, but not many. Although the small classes were great, the massive amount of debt I am now facing is not. I think I would have been okay with slightly larger classes so that I would now have a lot less debt.
I never liked the assignment of advisors. My advisor as well as some of my friend's advisors were not in the same concentration as the student. My advisor helped as best he could but some things he couldn't help with. I am also very disappointed in the lack of assistance after graduation, even where there's the possibility for additional courses.
I think the worst thing about my school is that you are not allowed to live of campus until the age of 22. I think that is a bit silly since most graduating seniors are only 21. I believe that juniors and seniors should have a choice whether to live on or off campus.
I consider the worst thing to be all the strict rules there are. Especially for living in the dorms. It would be alot easier if freshmen had to live on campus and then after that it would get to be their choice for housing. Ashland is the wettest dry campus.
Ashland was a small school, which was both a blessing and a curse--you get a better sense of community there, but sometimes it feels like a small bubble. But I really enjoyed the school regardless.