The thing that I considered to be the worst thing about the college I attended my freshman year was probably the dining hall schedule. Of course, that's because I like to think with my stomach on most occasions. The dorm hall that I lived in had, what all of my friends and I considered to be the be, the best dining hall. Unfortunately, this dining hall wasn't open on the weekends and this left us to have to walk ALL the way over to the closest one- about a block away. Now, walking to another dining hall on the weekends would be fine- even in the winter- if it had good food, but this dining hall had the same food. Every. Weekend.
At the beginning of the year we looked forward to nacho night and chicken wing night and even fajita night, but as the year went on it just felt repetitive. And though this dining hall had other options, none of the food was very good. There was greasy food, food that felt undercooked, food that felt overcooked, food we just didn't like, and more.
Thankfully though, that was about the worst part of my experience at UNL.
The involvement of students outside of Greek life, because the students that wish to participate in campus activities either don't have the money or the activity they wish to do isn't advertised properly because the Greek houses taking most of the places that are eligible to advertise on.
The location. Football is huge here and when the stadium sells out every game. Seating 87,000 people on Game Day Memorial Stadium easily stands alone as the 3rd largest city in Nebraska. Mainly, the state is quite empty. Although the city Lincoln is right on campus the lack of other places to go and explore is what I find most disappointing in the school. Although lectures and books can take you far mentally, a car or campus bus there isn't much place to physically go.
The worst aspect of my college is the overall lack of consideration for high school accomplishments. In order to secure scholarhips from this school, the most important decision you can make is to take the ACT and score above a 28. GPA and service were never components of my application process and with my ACT scores their willingness to offer additional access to aid subsided.
As far as financial aid they do not do a very good job looking into an individuals situation. Just because the paper says your parents make okay money doesnt mean your parents are doing well. Especially when you have a large family life costs a lot. I feel like this school should look into a students background and see what kind of person they are so they can help people who actually care and stop giving money to those who dont. If I dont get scholarships I might have to take a year off of school which would be bad.
The worst thing about my school is the diversity. I wish the school was more diverse with more races, the black community takes up 2.5% of the schools population and of that 1.7% are athletes. The asian community takes up around 3.2% of the schools population. I wish that could change to where we were more equal in numbers.
The worst thing about my school would have to be that it is so far away from my home. It is about a nine hour drive from my home city so I am only able to come home about twice a year.
Everyone is very closed off from their peers. This makes it hard to learn, study and socialize together.
The worst thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is that it is a rather undiverse school. The majority of the students are from small towns, which means they have not been exposed to very may cultures that are different from their own. This causes many of the students to be rather close minded.
I personally think the advisors at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are not always very helpful. The previous advisor I had for my major, retired recently. Before he retired there was a lot of confusion to many other students as to what the proper answers were that we would be told, because we would always get different answers. One friend even said how she scheduled an appointment and she was only there for a few minutes and she gained nothing from the experience. I think the advising board could be changed a little to offer students more help.
Personally, the worst thing about St. Lawrence University is how the administration works. Everything you might might want to do, from taking five courses instead of four, to taking an independent study class, involves mountains (or at least hills) of paperwork. Also, the administration is very stingy in granting credit for taking classes elsewhere. For example, taking a one credit course at another university, gives only about 0.86 credits at St. Lawrence.
The cost, I do not have alot of money give out more scholarships to people who take on line coureses not just the ones on campus.
The campus is all close together so you have to walk everywhere. In a lot of places the sidewalks are cracked and unlevel so you have to watch your step!
The worst thing about my school is that it is located in a cold climate during the winter.
There lacks a true sense of school spirit and timeless traditions. For as old as our university is, there seems to be nothing that connects our past to the present, and this is coming from someone who has had family attend the university. I cannot imagine what it would be like to come in truly as a new student with no prior connection or affiliation. There does not appear to be anything that sets the university apart.
The professors that cannot communicate with the students because of language barriers. It is hard for us to learn and understand them when they do not speak English, like most of the students here.
The price of the school is very hard to deal with. For out-of-state students the tution is really high and financial aid does not always cover it all. They do not give you much notice on how much is due before it is due.
The worst thing is probably the perception of those outside the school, and perspective employers outside of the area. The University of Nebraska gives a very thorough education, but that may not be perceived with Nebraska's "reputation".
The worst thing about my school is the parking. It is very hard and frustrating to find parking in someplaces around campus.
The worst thing about my school, specifically the School of Music, is overcrowding. The building is very old, there aren't enough large classrooms, and practice rooms can be difficult to find at high traffic hours. Making matters worse is the fact that half of the rooms are reserved for piano majors and while oyu can use them, they can kick you out without warning. The best way to counterct this is to try and schedule your practicing for later at night when it's just you and the crazy cellist who practice 11 hours every day.
For me personally, it's a little far from home. It can also be kind of unorganized.
The worst thing is walking to class during winter. It gets pretty cold in Nebraska and winters can be harsh, so walking across capmus gets old fast.
The cost. I am even an in State resident and I am finding it extreamly hard to pay for. I applied for numerous scholarships and only got loans that are now building intrest.
The worst thing about UNL is probably its size. I think it makes it harder for students in their first couple of years to really hone in on a subject that they are interested because of all the core classes we are expected to complete first.
The worst thing about my school is that it's so big. I came from a high school whose population was 200 students. I graduated from a class of 36 students and coming here for somewhat of a culture shock. I do like that not everyone knows everything about me now, but my professors still do not always know who I am and I do not feel like I have the same security in my classes because I can be sometimes afraid of asking for help and I do not know my professors well enough.
The worst thing about The University of Nebraska, Lincoln is the financial aid process. They offer few to no scholarships for students who are good students, but came from a class that had a lot of academic geniuses. My GPA was a 3.85 when I graduated and I got no scholarships. Most of the time you get a regence scholarship (everything paid), or nothing. I think this is something they could really work on to accomodate and be more inviting to the general student population.
Some cliques, if you aren't in organizations it can be hard to meet people
The University of Nebraska, unfortunately, does not offer a complete tutorial on how to survive on such a thriving and enthusiastic campus. Incoming freshman, like myself, are given only a brief glimpse of where we can find the tools that will help us build up our graduate education before we are overwhelmed by a huge football season and classes that progressively get harder. We might be given booklets and pamphlets, but they are usually superfluous and unnecessary. The University begs students to ask questions but first does not give us enough information to build them.
I don't enjoy the idea, of not offering financial aid based on your fafsa. We all have different situations, that require more understanding than just a look at a Government issued peice of paper. I think alot of people, my friends included would still be in school, if the school just provided them a little aid. If a student trul wants to be at my school, than the school should help them out.
My school is not racially diverse. I believe a more racially diverse campus would promote greater diversity in thinking and beliefs. My school is mostly Caucasion and I know that that discourages some minority students because they do not want to go to a school where they feel underrepresented. College is the first time where most students really experience independence and I feel like their first experience of the world outside their parent's nest should be representative of how diverse the world really is. An open mind to culture I believe helps to promote an open mind in general.
There is really nothing bad about UNL itself. What you would have to worry about would be some of the more immature students, if anything.
We have many cliques and our school is run by Greeks. Even though I am a Greek, I wish the independents would have a larger role in the social and community aspect of UNL.
The worst thing asbout myself is my struggle for focus. I get disrtacted very easily and if I'm not fully involved in what I'm doing, I will be distracted and even not go back to the important task at hand.
There are many hoops to jump through for many things. Switching your major, finding the right classes for you to take, paying your bills and sending your transscripts are just a few things that I have encountered that are very annoying. Aside from that and it being 4 degrees outside I can not think of anything else. The size doesn't bother me at all, I love meeting new people.
The fact that the dining hall for my dorm building is being renovated has to be the worst thing. It is a big inconvenience to have to travel to the other dining halls especially in these bitter cold December months.
Not enough parking for students.
They do not offer an International Studies major with a regional focus in the Middle East like I would want.
Parking is terrible. Not enough meteres and way too much for a parking pass on campus
The worst thing about my school would probably be all the walking you do. There are a couple large lecture classes, that sometimes are difficult with over 250 students, but for the most part it's doable.
The overall size of the school is a little too big for me. Being a transfer student from a smaller private university was a big wake-up call for me on how big UNL actually is.
I believe that the worst thing about my school is the special attention it gives to its student athletes. They have their own dining hall and receive special treatment from professors. I believe that every student should be equal and I do not believe that the student athletes deserve to be treated so much better than the average student.
Parking is a huge problem and they don't seem to be doing much about it.
I hate the fact that at UNL, everyone is just a number. They do not see you as a person or a student who is working towards their future. A lot of the office staff are short with you and treat you like you are a burden. Overall, I just feel that many of the staff and faculty really are there to further their research and studies, and do not care about the students that they are teaching.
The worst part of my school is probably that there isn't enough parking for everyone who wants to drive.
Lack of adequate parking
the amount of student who choose to drink and let it interfere with their school work
I feel that some professors are not teaching for the correct reasons. Some only do research and do not help their students to the best of their ability. I also feel that too many professors use group projects too much. I would rather be graded seperatly than with a group of people.
For me the worst thing is parking. THere is hardly any places a visitor can park without having to pay for a visitors pass or a meter. The parking services will give you a ticket for anything and it is ridiuclous that there isnt a parking lot sctrictly for people without passes.
The worst thing about my school was the popularity of sororities and fraternities. It made i t difficult if you were not in one because it was the most popular thing going on on campus. Also not attending the Big Red Welcome at the start of the year made it difficult as well because there is a lot you can miss out on if you choose not to move into your dorm until the night before classes.
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