Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University

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What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choosing the right college is about knowing what you want and not what others want for you. Sometimes people are lured to a college by friends and family but that not be the reason. Size, financial aid, location, & major availability are some factors in selecting a college. Once these factors are specified and clarafied then it will make it easier to select a college. The experience is all about what YOU make it and, once again, should not be decided by anyone but YOU.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There aren't enough food places on campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell kids to stay away from the larger party schools. Too many kids choose a school where accessibility to alcohol i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell kids to stay away from the larger party schools. Too many kids choose a school where accessibility to alcohol is plentiful and the majority of them drops out or graduate with horror stories. We come to college to learn and quieter smaller schools offer a much better environment for study. Overall I would suggest a university rather than a state school because of classroom availability. The price may be as much as double but the teachers are more qualified and registration is easy. At my smaller school of 10,000 students, by the time my registration appointment arrives many of my classes have filled up and I am stuck taking last choice alternatives. Once in college i suggest living with random room mates. Living with friends always seems fun and a good idea but usually ends in disaster. When living with random people, room mates respect your space and possessions which ultimately leads to a less stressful living experience. Also, a student?s focus should be school so avoid pets. They seem cute and furry but only serve as gigantic distractions. Lastly, do not succumb to peer pressure; strive to be individual despite what the majority wants.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Straight edge, uber conservative, nazi toteing asshole.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If they want a smaller more nature oriented studying environment i suggest ssu. People up here are friendly and the school is very open to liberal arts. Hardcore conservatives should steer clear because they wont find a soul to agree with. Partying here is plentiful and small get togethers can be found but the bigger party schools are santa barbara and chico, definately not rohnert park.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the size of SSU. It's just right for me. I love the fact that I can sleep in 10 minutes till class and then jump out o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the size of SSU. It's just right for me. I love the fact that I can sleep in 10 minutes till class and then jump out of bed and just walk to class and still make it in before the professor. When I tell people I go to SSU most reactions I get is "oh are you a viticulture major (wine making)?" That gets old after awhile. Something I don't like is when the SoCal kids knock on NorCal...HELLO!! You're going to school up here, you gotta adjust to us saying "hella" and "hyphy". It's cool that you're from SoCal but once up here, don't whine or complain, you CHOSE to come here, lol. Rohnert Park is a quiet little town, not meant to have a university in it. The town can't handle all 8,500 of us and the cops have nothing better to do but break up our parties with 5 squad cars, a k9 unit, 3 unmarked cars, and a SWAT van; this is a normal Saturday night break up force. The walk of shame out of a house with the cops lining the walk way with their flashlights doesn't phase me anymore, just a normal night out. One unusual thing about SSU is that we are in a very liberal county, and with that come some VERY interesting people. I'm not phased anymore by the 40+ year old lady who wears a tye-dye shirt with a wolf on the front, dreads, and reeks of B.O.

Describe the students at your school.

Most students at SSU are either from NorCal (Sacramento area, Bay Area, Stockton Area) or SoCal. You'd be surprised how many kids decide to come up here to SSU from SoCal. Hell, 18 from my graduating class alone came here to SSU...and we don't regret a thing!

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

SSU is great. I love it up here. I'm close to home if I want to head home but far enough away to the point where I can feel independent and live on my own. The location of SSU is great. We're nestled right up against Sonoma Mountain and the wineries are cool in the fall when they turn gold. The girl to guy ratio is amazing here, for every 1 guy there are 6 girls, who's gonna argue against that?!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Hell no! I can find on any night (between Thurs-Sat) some party or "gathering" to go to and have a blast at. It's all about networking!

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors here really seem to care about their students. With the undergrad population being around 8,500, it's nice being a name and not just a number. Professors actually attempt to get to know you personally (in your upper-division classes). Lecture classes aren't anymore then 125 students which is small compared to schools like UCLA or Berkeley where their halls can hold 400 easily. It's funny though, on test days in lecture classes the halls fill and you see people you had no idea were in the class...since you're so used to seeing the same faces.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I'd say if you want to be involved in something at SSU and you're not athletically inclined, greek is the way to go. Once I went greek I networked with all of the other greek organizations and have made friends for life. Greeks are known on campus, especially with the small number of us; but we don't let that hinder us from making our presence known. If you're not in to the drinking/partying scene SSU provides alternatives to this. Every Saturday night the school hosts a movie night that shows a film still in theaters, and they're usually pretty good movies. Free pizza usually accompanies the free movie, it's pretty sweet. If you're awake at 2am you're doing one thing and one thing only...sitting on your Facebook account waiting, hoping, for someone to be awake and notice your latest picture comment, wall post, and bumper sticker you just sent's sad but it's true. lol. How do you think I stumbled upon this? lol.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

SSU kids don't know how to party. Thing is, people aren't looking in the right places or hanging out with the right crowd to find a worthy party of your Thursday-Saturday nightlife.


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