When I came to Northern Illinois University, I saw all the different activities, clubs, programs, and events to get involved in. I wanted to do them all! For me, a current Sophomore, it is frustrating at times when I realize that there simply aren't enough hours in a day to do all of the things I wish I could. I love being involved with my school because it gives me a purpose and a responsibility for something that matters. It also gives me the opportunity to utilize my abilities in the best way possible! I love NIU!
My school is a place for people who are interested in getting their degrees and getting out into the world. The problem is that a lot of the people who come here are not serious. A lot of the freshmen never return, because they do not think it is worth the money or they fail out. It seems like the path to get to the library is littered with students who are distracting. They are throwing their education away, and they want to get me to do it too.
I would have to say that I was most frustrated with the changes I went through regarding my financial aid situation. Between my freshman and junior year, I had to go through a lot of confusing paperwork and changes that often took my focus away from schoolwork because I was afraid that I would have to leave school due to payment issues. However, I was eventually able to ask the necessary questions and get my finances in order.
The most frustrating thing about NIU is the weather. It gets extremely cold in DeKalb in the winter and walking around NIU's big campus in below freezing temperatures can be quite annoying. It also snows alot and that combined with freezing temperatures causes there to be alot of ice on the sidewalks so you have to be extremely careful and the buses that go to the classroom buildings are very crowded.
The most frustrating thing about my school is the sepertion between races. I say this because every race sticks together, no one tries to hang out with a different race and it they do they are talked about. For an example if a black girl is seen hanging around a group of white people, people are going to start calling her white. This is something that i think needs to be changed about my school.
The most frustrating aspect of Northern Illinois University is the lack of assistance I recieve from the advisors. When I call with a question for one office, I will get bounced to a few other offices, and oftentimes I will not get an answer. It just seems as though many people I speak with do not know how to help me when their job is to help the students.
Professors and advisors did not appropriatly explain how competitve the field was until the end of Junior year. By then many of us were not able to finish projects that would help us to stand out in our field. Also, the director of my program discouraged me from applying to internships due to my lack of experience.
The most frustrating thing about my school would have to be the weather. Living in Illinois is always difficult because you never know what tomorrow holds. In Dekalb you are surrounded by corn fields, so in the winter it is very cold because there is nothing to block the cold wind when you are walking to class.
Getting around campus. It is a big campus and the buildings are spread out. Luckily there are many busses that run frequently, but not always on time. Winters don't make getting around any easier. There are many commuters and parking is usually limited. Traffic can be bad during peak times.
There are not a lot of things that frustrate me, but if I had to choose I would have to say someof the teachers. Some teacher wil just throw work at you and expect you to know how to do it. It is the teacher job to teach the material and I just expect them to do their job.