Brookings, SD
South Dakota State University


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

Don't worry about trying to find the right major right away. There is a lot of pressure to decide the rest of your life in a ...

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

Don't worry about trying to find the right major right away. There is a lot of pressure to decide the rest of your life in a short time, but if you stress about that, you will not be able to think clearly about anything. Speak to your professors that you will be having before you take their classes. Also, if you are taking a class that stresses you to no end, I suggest trying to stick it out, but rethink your major. I struggled through two levels of a class and I was stressed the whole time just because I wanted the major that went along with the classes! BAD IDEA! Think about the career in the long run, go for the right reasons, (for example, not just salary).

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

It is a great opportunity to meet people, and I am there

Brandon
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

An agricultural based school.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

An agricultural based school.

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

Parents need to push their kids to go to college, but allow them to look into all their options. Parents need to make sure their kids are going to a school that they are happy with, not just because their parents wanted them to go there. Students need to look into colleges they are interest in, check out their campuses, and possibly even talk to a bit of faculty in their areas of interest. Things such as living quarters, class size, and availibilty of curriculm all difinitely need to be taken into consideration. Students need to put in the time and stay on top of their classes, because once you fall behind it is extermely difficult to catch up. It is allso very beneficial to be active in extra curricular groups or activities within their area of study. This allows students to meet others with common classes, as well as upper classmen who can give excellent advise to succeding in the field. Students need to be happy with what they are doing, or it will be very hard to succeed.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

It is relatively close to my area so i knew pretty much everything i needed to know.

Ashley
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I feel our schools is best known for its schooling programs as well as school spirit. Our school is a very well known land gr...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I feel our schools is best known for its schooling programs as well as school spirit. Our school is a very well known land grant university that has many research areas involved. We have very strong medical programs offered on campus as well as numerous other majors. I feel our school spirit is outstanding. When you attend a game, you are flooded with blue and gold jackrabbits. No matter what color or creed, in the stadium we are all jackrabbits.

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

I feel there are a few vital points you need to look at when considering what university will be the best for you. The very first thing that should be considered is what programs are offered. If the student already is set on a major that would be the most important thing for them to find. If the school doesn't offer that specific program, then the best choice would be to look at other options. Secondly, the student needs to look at the size of the school. Size will play a huge role in your experience. The number of people can affect your learning and social life greatly. If you are somebody that doesn't like big groups then its important to find a smaller school. Also, its necessary that you take a tour of the campus before you make your final decision. The feel of the campus will let you know right away if you feel a part of it or not. It's so important that you feel at home on the campus and genuinely want to be there; you will be spending a lot of time there!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I feel that this school is focused primarily to students who are serious about their career choices. This school is not for a student who isn't willing to put for the effort or time into their studies. This school challenges you to do your best and you must push yourself to go the extra length. A person who isn't willing to expose themselves to new ideas or people would not do well at this school, as it is blessed with many different cultures and values.

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

To the parents and students that are trying to find the "perfect" college or the one best-suited to their desires/wants I wo...

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

To the parents and students that are trying to find the "perfect" college or the one best-suited to their desires/wants I would say consider the dream college(s) of your future college student and assess the colleges with an open mind. Do not be stunned with the attached price tag but consider what the "savings" are and what the price of your hard-earned and saved buck really get. The savings are the extracurricalurs available, if there's a sports team they could try out for, a much-desired program is offered, and the scholarships they can apply for. Also, be realistic about the location of the school. It may be too far away and may not allow easy retreats to home. Lastly, the college experience is typified in movies and books but it's what you make of it and do that makes it truly an experience. Yes, drinking is the typical/preferred method but those moments are never truly remembered with absolute fondness and those friends usually drift away. Get out there, live, try a dream (or many) and meet incredible people who will leave changes not only in your heart but your soul as well.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that I would not recommend attend this school is someone who is very citified. By that, I mean someone who is not used to a small-town atmosphere and the agriculture industry. SDSU is a predominantly ag school with the appropriate animals (such as cows, horses and sheep) on campus and I've heard girls, who are obviously from the city, complain about the noise and stench. As an ag school, SDSU is located in Brookings, a small town when compared to big city Sioux Falls. As such the number of extracurricalurs in town is limited.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is, besides rising costs, is that most of the food is fried or deep-fat fried in some way or another. It is really hard to eat healthy with the limited choices presented. The food here is great but looking at it from a health-conscious viewpoint, it makes eating right a challenge both with the choices available and the temptation to splurge and indulge in the high-caloric and artery-blocking foods.

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  • 10,946
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $8,172
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  • 91%

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