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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage myself to practice a lot more. I'm a...
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would encourage myself to practice a lot more. I'm a Music Education major and am required to perform at a high level. I would force myself to learn all that I could learn while I was in high school, with special regards to the piano, and then enter college at a level the professors could only dream of. I would also warn myself about how having a roommate will be and urge myself to seek out a private room or perhaps choose my own roommate. I just feel like comfort is essential to growth and success in college. The easier you can make your freshman year, the happier you'll be and that will leave you with more time to embrace and enjoy other college experiences. My third and final piece of advice for myself would be to apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible. These opportunities grow more scarce as you become an undergraduate. Overall, I believe that by following advice of other people, there really isn't too much I have to tell my younger self.
The worst thing about UCM is the location. We are in Warrensburg, MO and the biggest store in town is a Walmart. Aside from activities on campus there isn't a lot of things to do in the town and as a result most people go home every weekend. We are often referred to as the suitcase college because of this. Overall UCM is a really great place to be and there is nothing else really wrong with the University.
The most frustrating thing about UCM is the dining halls. We only have two actual dining halls and the one on the West side of campus lacks variety and operates on weird hours during three day weekends. This is frustrating to students who do not keep food in their rooms and are unable to walk to the other side of campus whenever they are hungry. As a result, students are forced to purchase food from places that deliver and still face limitations when ordering.
My classmates are great and vey focused.
My classmates are great and vey focused.
The advice I would give myself would be to study more. I also would say to learn how to get better sleep and practice on sleeping early. The most important advice I would give is dont be scared of college because once you are in the door it will feel like home.
what I had wish I could have known is how badly the food will get after awhile.
Do what you love. Don't be afraid to change your major. It's growth, not failure. And speaking of theater... No one's ever to...
Do what you love. Don't be afraid to change your major. It's growth, not failure. And speaking of theater... No one's ever told you... but you're not a soprano. No amount of practice is going to change that. And really, you want to be an actress for all the wrong reasons. Acting isn't being someone else. It's being yourself. Loudly. Flamboyantly. Ridiculously. Where everyone can see you. Be brave enough to be yourself. Even if you haven't quite figured out who that is yet. It's okay to be impractical. Ask for help. It's okay not to know everything. Pay attention to which classes you enjoy. They're a good way to figure out your major, and a good place to make friends too. Friends are important. They're people you can listen to, talk to, and be silent with. They don't mind how weird you get on your off days. And they don't feel the need to always follow you into the bathroom – the conversation will keep till you get back. Most importantly – keep doing what you love.
Do what you love. Pay attention to which classes you enjoy. They're a good way to figure out your major and a good place to make friends too. Don't be afraid to change your major. It's growth, not failure. Be brave enough to be yourself, even if you haven't quite figured out who that is yet. It's okay to be impractical. Ask for help - it's okay not to know everything. Most importantly, keep doing what you love.
School doesn't prepare you for life on the outside. Its a closed ecosystem with minimal consequences for failure. You assimilate and regurgitate facts that have no meaning outside the context of school. But the papers are the worst. No one outside an academic setting wants to read academic writing. In real life you say what you need to say and then stop. You don't fill up the extra space with fluff and fancy words that no one knows the meaning of.
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Some people may not like it's location. Not being close to any large town there aren't a lot of jobs available and often it's hard to find housing.
UCM is great for anyone. It is located in a small town surrounded by farm land. The town has all the accomadations you could need. UCM's library is especially great, it's size and features are outmatched.
Place more emphasis on your school work now. The more you place on academics now, the less you will have to worry about it wh...
Place more emphasis on your school work now. The more you place on academics now, the less you will have to worry about it when your 10 years into your career in the military.
I loved the integration of other programs with the major sports programs on campus. This allowed virtually everyone to become involved with the major school events on campus.
Students were removed from the dorms when the electricity went out or extreme bad weather. Students living in the dorms had no other place to go.
UCM has great on-campus activities, and an amazing Rec Center. They pay their student athletes very well, and lots of scholar...
UCM has great on-campus activities, and an amazing Rec Center. They pay their student athletes very well, and lots of scholarships are available for people who apply early (ie, almost a year before they intend to start), which I did not know when I transferred.
Forget about boys! Those men who are flattering you? They don't care about your future. I know 70% of your drive to move in with that guy is to get away from your Dad. Yeah, your dad sucks. Life will suck way worse when you get off track and miss your chance to go to college while it's still easy. What I wouldn't do to go to college straight from high school! When all the scholarship offers were still there, while my high school knowledge was still fresh and my health still at its peak. It's harder when you're older, married, have kids with expensive medical problems and are stuck working full-time. And if you'd have skipped moving in with McCain to go to school, you wouldn't be divorced twice by your 25th birthday for sure, and certainly wouldn't have had to file bankruptcy in 2010! Ditch the zeroes, make YOURSELF the hero, girl. Do it.
I wish I'd known the ins and outs of the transfer scholarships, I would have applied early and waited a few more months before transferring just so I could get the transfer scholarship.
What I like most about the academics at UCM is the general class sizes. Most classes are 30 people or less, and the professor...
What I like most about the academics at UCM is the general class sizes. Most classes are 30 people or less, and the professors truly care about your success. They generally know your name and are determined to help you succeed in whatever you do. The best class I've had is my flying instruction. Being a Professional Pilot major, I have the opportunity to go out and learn to fly with quality instructors. The program is very concise and organized and is designed to push you through and succeed in your field.
In general, the students here are nice and very welcoming. As an incoming freshman, I did not know what to expect in going to college. However, some upperclassmen made my life easier than I expected so transitioning to college life was a breeze. I would say the main stereotype of students at UCM is definitely of the party type. Of course there are some exceptions, but a good majority of the students get out and party multiple times a week.
The teachers at my school are great. Most of them know all their students names. My favorite teacher was my psychology teache...
The teachers at my school are great. Most of them know all their students names. My favorite teacher was my psychology teacher. For most of my classes class participation is key. The teachers like to get the students involved so the students will remember the information. I personally feel as though schooling is just to get a good job. If a good job did not come from getting a college degree I doubt many people would go to college.
At my school I would have to say the sterotypes are sorority girls, frat boys, sports people, foreign people, and then there is everyone else. Everyone seems to get along with one another though.
University of Central Missouri is the perfect size. It is located in Warrensburg, which is a small town, but the campus has o...
University of Central Missouri is the perfect size. It is located in Warrensburg, which is a small town, but the campus has over 11,000 students so it there are still a wide variety of opportunities. The best thing about UCM is the professors and classroom size. Most classes have 30-40 people and the professors are interested in their students. Unlike other colleges and universities, the kindness of our professors allow the transition from high school to college to be less stressful. When I talk about this school with my friends, they usually reply, "I heard it's a good school" or "It has anything that any other University in Missouri has to offer." Most of my time is spent in UTT music building because i am a music education major. UTT is where most of my friends have classes also and that's where we like to practice and catch up. The Administration doesn't reach out to students often, however the President is well seen around campus. There are no controversies going on right now. UCM prides their athletics, especially football. Every game the stands are always packed with UCM students and alumni. Every major takes pride in their major as well, so much so that there are designated halls for specific majors. The only unusual thing about UCM is that all parties occur during the week since hardly anyone stays on campus for weekends. An experience I'll always remember is at the beginning of the year and our hall had a "Pizza with the Professors" but the professors didn't show up. I got to meet so many cool people and i still hang out with them today. Students typically complain about the size of Warrensburg because typically students are from the Kansas City area and are not used to restaurants closing at 10 p.m.One thing I would change at UCM would be that i allow more restaurants to accept points that students get for the meal plan and have a Starbucks open every day of the week.
I decided to go to this school because it wasn't too far away from home, but far enough so I couldn't always feel my parents breathing down my back. Being a music major, I saw the marching band and how devoted they were and I hadn't seen a college marching band who sounded and preformed as well as UCM's. UCM was not only my top choice for college, but after visiting campus for the first time it was my only choice. The huge thing that settled me on this school was when i met with the professors. They were excited to meet me and answered all of my questions even about different areas in college. And when i visited for a second time they remembered my name!
The most popular sport on campus is football. Other sports are talked about but not as much as football is talked about during football season. I am involved in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. We sing popular jazz tunes and some pop music as well and we have lots of fun! Students always have their doors open, we have competitions to see how often we can keep our doors open. Athletic events seem to happen almost every night. Guest speakers come every once and awhile and we have tons of theater productions to go to all year around. There are lots of couples who have to the same major (like myself) but there are a few who venture out to find different people. My closest friends live on my hall or have my major as well. If i'm awake at 2 am on a Tuesday i'm either studying or talking with my boyfriend. A tradition in marching band is the night before our last game lots of members get drunk and try and march the show at midnight. It's usually tradition that the cops get called as well. We also have ugly sweater days toward Christmas and for every holiday the cafeteria is decorated and serves different food for it. UCM is a party school, people typically party during the week and lots of people party on Thursday. The majority of people who are enrolled in UCM want to be in some type of sorority, however not everyone is. Last weekend i stayed on campus because Friday night I had a performance for Vocal Jazz at the Lake of the Ozarks and on Saturday my boyfriend was the D.J. for a rager in a different dorm. In Warrensburg you can go see a movie, go out to eat, check out what's going on on campus, or check out some games at every dorm help desk. Once again, off campus you can see a movie or go out to eat and even go to Wal-Mart! And if that isn't enough for ya Kansas City is only 45 min away.
There is a huge study abroad program at UCM so there is usually a student from a different country in every class. Religion isn't huge here but it also isn't uncommon. If someone is LGBT they just stay in the closet. Students looking for a big city experience would feel out of place here. Half of the students wear sweats to class, a quarter of students wear jeans and a somewhat nice t-shirt,and the other quarter wears really nice clothes (typically the sorority girls). Students here aren't judgmental and if someone thinks you are cool, they won't deny that they know you. If there are four lunch tables in the cafeteria then the first one is the frat boys and their brothers, the second is for the athletes and the people who like to work out all the time, the third is for people who have common interests like art and music, and the fourth is for people who like to eat alone and listen to their ipods. Most students are from Missouri, typically the Kansas City area, but some students are from Kansas as well. Students who attend UCM come from middle class or lower upper class families. I have never seen anything political on campus and I know lots of people who don't care about politics. Students don't talk about how much they'll earn one day and just worry about graduating.
I know all of my professor's names and they know my name as well. My favorite class is a Music Class called Aural Training one because the teacher is outgoing, funny, and is very helpful when teaching his students new things. Students typically study a few hours a night, depending how far into the semester it is. Towards the beginning not very much, but when it gets to the last month and to finals week, that's when most people start hitting the books. Class participation is very common, in fact, if a student doesn't participate in class the instructor will probably ask the student to leave. Some students have intellectual conversations outside of class, some don't. It really depends on what the student is into or what their major is. Students are competitive, in the classes that i am in the students are always striving to get the best grade possible. Music of the World's Cultures is the most unique class I've taken. This general education class exposes students to music from all around the world and integrates listening to music where most of it is not from the western side of the world. My major is Vocal Music Education. The department of music is extremely friendly and takes a great interest into all of their students. Being in the vocal program i get to work with voice professors who all have different backgrounds in vocal music and they have taught me so much already. I only spend a few minutes after class with professors if i have questions which is usually right after class or I make an appointment if i am concerned with something going on in the class. This school doesn't expect every student to be a straight A student, but if you fail a class, you'll be put on academic probation. I feel that UCM has pretty good academic requirements, but there are still a few people who get accepted that i wonder how they got in. UCM is very geared toward getting a job. UCM holds a job and career fair once a year and has a career service website with job postings and applications to help students use their degree or to get jobs while at school.
Football players don't come to class most of the time, but other sports players actually do well in class. Frat kids are very dedicated to their Fraternity (or for girls Sorority) and spend most of their time with their brothers or sisters. Stoners come to class smelling like weed but go off campus to get high. You'll find the geeks studying, but enjoying the board games and the table tennis that the dorms have to offer.
UCM is a great school that seems small when you are in the process of looking for the right school for you, but once you are ...
UCM is a great school that seems small when you are in the process of looking for the right school for you, but once you are here you love it. The residence hall life is great. The school offers many activities and events that are put on for the students. All of the sports teams are always in the top 5 in their division. If there is one thing that I would change would be the food that is offered here. I would say school pride is average, many people support the sports teams and wear their colors, but it's not as boasted as the bigger colleges. Most of my time is spent in the beautiful rec center, playing basketball or working out. If I'm not at the recreation center I would be studying in the library or my dorm's lounge doing homework/hanging out. When I tell people that I go to University of Central Missouri they usually have never heard of it, but I think the word is starting to get out of how great this middle of Missouri-school is.
The stereotype is that we are unintelligent small-town kids.
No, I have heard many people say that this school is for hoosiers and hicks. But that stereotype is not true at all because even though this school has many small town students, they are all very nice and welcoming.
I am very happy that I went here. Before I started I was freaking out because I did not know too many people that were going to this school because it is 4 hours away from my home, but I am so thankful that I went here. This has been the best decision of my life and I don't regret it at all
Some hot-button issues on campus is what is the executive board going to do to make our school better. Things change here, but nothing too drastic. Other than that I do not know of any.
The best part is that it is really fun. The worst part is that it is so easy to get caught up in the social scene. If you can't stand up and tell others that you don't feel like going out some night then you will have a tough time in college.
Students here complain the most about the food, but that's really it.
Every freshman should know before they start school is that if you don't want to step out of your comfort zone to meet other people and get involved then college isn't really your scene. College is intended to build academic success and social success. Be yourself and you will meet some wonderful people.
I am actually not too sure about the "dating scene" on campus. I know many people who met on campus and some of the clubs host events intended for people to meet each other, but other than that I'm not too sure. I am taken, sorry ladies.
The best place to get work done for me is the giant library that we have on campus. It was just make about 3 or 4 years ago so it is very update with the newest technology. This library is always quite and there is always a table our chair open to study at. It also has rooms which you can rent if you would like to be alone or if you are in a study group you can rent this room for an hour.
The sports on this campus are a lot better than I thought coming into this school. Each sport's season the school sends teams to the national championship tournaments. All of the teams are in the top 5 of there division so we are a very competitive sports school. The local people always come to support the teams. I just went to a basketball game this weekend. We won the MIAA championship for the 5th year in a row.
Personally, I am not a fan of our dining halls. I think the food plans our way too over priced for the quality of food. They are working on changing that problem though. The food court on campus consists of Chinese food, Taco Bell, Burger King, and a place like Subway. This is my favorite spot to eat. There is a pretty diverse selection of restaurants of campus and the best part is most of the deliver!
Since I am only a freshman most of my classes are lecture based, but I am currently taking an ecology lab that is very hands on. I enjoy these classes more and I have heard that the farther you get in your major, the more hands on the courses become. So I am excited about that.
Our campus is very pretty. The grounds crew on campus makes sure that there isn't any litter or trash on the ground. They keep the walls painted and the grass cut. The buildings all have an older look to them which is nice. Our recreation center was just finished last year and it consists of 6 basketball courts, two work out areas, Einstein's bagels, and a rock climbing wall. the campus is very nice and if you don't believe me come look for yourself.
A typical weekend here in Warrensburg consists of sleeping in the mornings after a fun Friday or Saturday night and homework on Sunday. Some of the things I do on weekends are go downtown to thrift stores, go out to dinner, see a sports game, hang out in the dorm, play board games, work out, pick up basketball games, etc.
I am not really sure which classes are the most popular. I have heard all of the psychology courses are very interesting. For me, the teaching courses are very popular, but I think it just depends on how far you are in your major and which major you are wanting.
We played a campus wide scavenger hunt in my dorm. It was the first week I was here and even though my team didn't win, it was still a great time.
You probably have never heard of the University of Central Missouri because it is in a very small town, Warrensburg MO, but the word is actually starting to spread about how much potential this school has. Even though we dominated in popularity by the bigger schools like MIZZOU, we have everything that they have. The only difference is that their sports teams get more exposure because they are a Division I school while we are Division II. The best part about this school compared to a school like University of Missouri is that it is cheaper! (Everybody loves to save)
My favorite tradition that I have witnessed here is homecoming weekend. Thousands of people come out to the campus to watch the parade, tailgate, get free food and t-shirts, and go to the football game. It was a great experience for me.
I see a small town consisting of mostly apartments, fast food restaurants, small houses, woods, open fields, and Wal-Mart.
Even though we are a small school, we have an excellent campus. It is nice not having to wake up for class and leave thirty minutes early because your class is a 25 minute walk across campus. The campus has great up keep and looks gorgeous in all the seasons of the year.
The dorms are older than most, but they have everything you will need; a lounge where you can escape from your room to study or hang out, full package cable, great wireless internet, the furniture is older in my dorm, but they are working to get the new furniture like the rest of the dorms on campus. Overall my experience at the dorms couldn't be better. It is a great way to meet people!
I personally don't like big schools and I felt this was the perfect sized school for me. When I toured here I felt that the people were very nice, the facilities were kept in great shape, and the campus was beautiful. They also have a well-known teaching program which was another draw for me.
The most popular groups to join are the fraternities and sororities here on campus, of course. These groups pretty much run the school, but if you don't feel comfortable joining one of these organizations there are plenty others that may fit nicely for you. I'm in a club called Spotlight, which hosts all of the activities around campus throughout the year. We do things like show movies for free, host bingo nights once a month, poker tournaments, bring in comedians, etc. Many students have gone to a Spotlight event because they are so prevalent. When I am off campus I will go out to dinner or go shopping at some of the stores in downtown Warrensburg. I met my closest friends on the hall that my room is located in. The weekends can be fun, but it depends on how many people you know go home or stay here. If there are a lot of people staying in town then the weekend can be really fun. People party here every weekend, but the good thing is if you want to party you can, but if not you don't have to. It is not the only thing to do on the weekends.
UCM students are usually pretty nice. No matter what background a person comes from they seem to fit in really nice some where at this school. There are some divisions within the school students that are common in most schools because of race or status, but the students are still well mannered and accepting. Most students wear regular clothes like jeans, sweatshirts, UGG boots, tennis shoes, baseball hats, etc. In the dining hall certain people sit with certain people like the black people sit in the same place, some people enjoy eating by themselves, while others enjoy eating with a big group, it is a regular cafeteria. Most students at this school are from small towns in Missouri or Kansas City. There are a handful of students from St. Louis (like me) or from other states.
Yes most of my professors try to remember my name, but it's hard to do when the professor teaches 2 or 3 classes on the same subject matter. All of my teachers so far have been great at their jobs. My favorite class so far has been History from 1877 to Present. This class contained a large amount of students, but it was taught by the Dean of the History & Anthropology Department so it was very informative. Class participation is very common at UCM because almost all of the teachers take roll before each class begins. They use this to give extra points sometimes or just to see if you are trying hard in the class. I live in the Honors Dorm. It provides a great place to have conversations with other students about class matters or just talk about things going on in the world. I always to meet with my professors when I am having troubles. If I am unable to meet with them they always reply to my emails right away. I am in the secondary education program and I love it. My advisers are very helpful with whatever needs and concerns I may have. Overall I would have to say that the academics at UCM are great.
As I was thinking about coming to UCM, I was told that there are a lot of small town hillbilly students, but when I came here and got to know everyone this stereotype is completely wrong.
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