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What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I believe the most frustrating thing about my school deals with it's approach toward freshman level baccalaureate core classes. All introductory classes are designed to fit as many students as possible into an auditorium to learn an important subject and, while it is unavoidable, student's must adapt their learning styles to fit the needs of the environment. This is a very poor design and often leads to student's inability to learn and therefore drop-out of school before they have transitioned into smaller, more personal classrooms that treat them like the individual they are.

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Despite the fact that there are many religious groups on campus, being a Christian was difficult. The idea of Creation was scoffed at by many professors, and beliefs were made into jokes. Trying to find a Christian group to affiliate with was also difficult because I didn't agree with extreme fundamentalism either; in fact many of the Christians I talked to just seemed ignorant. I had to battle an inner conflict but it made me into a stronger person than I ever was before college. Growing up can be frustrating but it's my greatest achievement so far.

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The most frustrating thing about Oregon State is the large majority of graduate students who are required to teach classes for undergraduate students. While these graduate students are usually quite intelligent and well spoken, it can be frustrating to take a class from someone who is clearly not an expert. When attending college and spending exoribitant amounts of money on tuition, it can be frustrating when you realize your instructor is a first year Ph.D. student who is still struggling to understand the stubject which they are teaching.

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The most frustrating thing about OSU is the large class size for many classes in the 300 level and lower. At a time when people are mentally developing and forming opinions, lively debate or at least interaction with peers and the professor, is integral to that process [of development]. Large class size obliterates this possibility by keeping students separate from each other and the professor, and thusly confining their education to the perception of a single mind instead of multiple minds.

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The most frusterating part about my school is being unable to communicate with the professors in every class. There are times that Teacher Assitants will teach the class. This can be frusterating because for me personally, I would much rather have a trained and certified professor teaching me because they are experienced. With that experience, usually means that they are more likely to "birng the class to life".

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Some of the most frustrating things that I have encounterd was when I go to office hours and the professor is not there. It gets frustrating because there has been cases when I needed help with the homework or just understanding the material that when I got to meet with the professor they are not there. Sometimes that affects my grade in the class because I did not understand the material.

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The most frustrating thing about Oregon State University is their class egistration system. I disagree with that fact that students with less credits have to register last because it is difficult for them to get into competetive classes that they need to graduate. Being restricted from registering term after term allows others students to get further ahead while others keep falling behind.

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Although Oregon State is a very diverse college, being a 47 year old single parent can be frustrating at times. There are fewer women from my background and experience, which leaves me feeling like more a mother to my colleagues than a fellow student. A positive step for the school would be more offerings for students my age with peer groups.

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The most frustrating part of my school is paying for tuition. Since I pay for everything myself I have had t o struggle to work out a system of payment. This will lead to a large amount of debt when I graduate. With this knowledge I have created a budget for my future repayments and I now know how I will repay my student loans.

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The most frustrating thing about the school is the location, while the campus and Corvallis as a town is gorgeous, the campus is about an hour away from a large shopping center. This means a lot of online shopping or spending gas to go to Salem or Eugene, neither of which is good for a students budget.

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