The most frustrating thing about Colorado School of Mines is the difficulty of the course material. Even for a student who attends class every day, the tests are incredibly challenging and require knowldedge of topics never covered during lecture. Also, the lab portions of Chemistry, Earth and Environment Systems, etc. are almost impossible to succeed in without prior knowledge of important concepts in the topic. Granted, this is a specialized institution, and most students who are enrolled have chosen this school by their interest in high school and subsequently prepared for the subjects, the level of expected preparedness is astounding.
Since School of Mines is such a specialized school, there is very little outside of the major classes. There is a very small music program, but there isn't a lot of funding. Most students have to print off their own music. There are very few opportunities for extending foreign language knowledge beyond Study Abroad. In addition, there are no art classes whatsoever. At times options are limited because of the size of the school.
The most frustrating thing about my school is the fact that some of the professors believe that there class is the most imoprtant so they give a lot of homework or expect more than you are able to give becuase each of them are all doing the same thing. But if you are able to talk to them and they are understanding they will work it out with you.
The amount of work you're expected to do from each class get's difficult if you can't find a balance between your schedule. You quickly learn that your personal life and your job aren't as important as school is regardless of whatever situation may be. The best thing to do is to prioritize well and manage your time accordingly.
There is a TON of school work. Considering the amount of credit earned for some classes the amount of course work is way too much. Especially the labs, considering they are only 1 to 1.5 credit hours the amount of work is whay too much.
The freshman curriculum is very rigid. It is done for a reason, but there is an opportunity to create more well rounded engineers by allowing for some more diversity in the undergraduate curriculum.
The most frustrating thing is that there is a lot of work to be done. I have to do a lot of studying to get the grades I want but it will all pay off in the end.
How demanding the course load can be, and how continuous it is. There are hardly ever lulls to relax.
It would definetly have to be that there is very limited on-campus housing for sophomores and above.
The lack of girls on campus... But that is beginnning to improve.