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University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

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The most frustrating thing about attneding my school are student websites. We are forced to use these websites for everything from enrolling into and dropping classes to checking grades and emails. Often the server is down for maintenece, or the system simply has a glitch making it impossible to use the website. To check grades and syllabuses students must go to another website that is unfortunatley hosted by the same provider. Therefore, at the end of the day if students desires to stay connected to the campus they have to cross their fingers, hope for the best and click login.

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The most frustrating thing I have encountered is the cold, harsh Oklahoma weather. Imagine that! Being from Beaumont, Texas, we have cold days in the winter but I have never experienced freezing weather where the temperature drops below 40 degrees and it actually snows. Thought it may be exciting to see snow that remains on the ground for over a few hours, I no longer look forward to it because so many students have complained about the horror of being snowed in. Now, the true meaning of "windchill facto" is crystal clear. Sadly, the worst has yet to come.

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Fitting into the pace of things, understanding the university culture and how things work, and learning to live with other people in dorm situations where everyone is living in tight spaces, and do not share your view of separating social and academic activities within the dorm. The so-called culture shock you experience going from living at home in highschool to living on your own in college affects everyone differently. Some people cannot handle the freedom as well as others, and use it as a time to party, penalizing the more serious students around them.

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The most frustrating thing about my school would be the parking. Now, I know a lot of people probably complain about parking here and they are working on fixing problems in the near future with more parking garages; however, that does not help the people in the present. I think with the schools increase of the Freshman class they should also increase with the places for people to park and make a complete housing parking permit instead of priority and just the "regular" housing permits. They get enough money through citations anyways.

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I could probably complain about the poor roads and water drainage (the civil engineers here need to go back to the drawing board), but I think the most frustrating thing is probably the food. For students on a meal plan, options seem very limited. The main cafeteria has lots of options and the food is good, but it gets old quick and closes completely on weekends. The best food, in my opinion, isn't purchasable using weekly meals until after 2 pm and is unavailable on weekends as well and closes around 6 pm. Only one option left now.

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Honestly, the only issue that tends to frustrate me is the lack of consideration for students. During the week prior to final examinations each semester the work load is supposed to be light or non-existant so that students may properly prepare for said exams. The issue is that, generally, the professors tend to cram as much information into that last week so that the students feel "prepared." This ultimately adds to the stress of trying to study, especially when the students are juggling working and going to school full-time.

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The most frustrating is the parking situation. I should not have to arrive 30 minutes early to search for a parking spot. And when I do find one, I am so far away from my classrooms that I have to rush to get to class on time. There are only two parking garages and they are very small. One is designated for commuters only, but people that live in the dorms park there as well, when they are not supposed to.

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Oklahoma University is great but its a fairly large community. Unlike community college, instuctors do not seem as invested in helping students succeed in their course. Also, it is difficult to resolve issues one might have because it is hard to find the right person who can help you with your problem and when you do find the right person, they aren't answering their phone or they are not in their office.

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It is a large university..Also have to be on top of your game and make sure you enroll each semester to get the classes i want and with the professors i want. My first year did not realize professor often times have their understudies teach the class, often from a foreign country and heavily accented, made it difficult to understand, especially in a class like physics, that is already hard.

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The most frustrating thing about the school is the crowds of people in the morning. It is very difficult to find a parking space if you do not get to campus early enough. Eventually, you figure out where you can park for free and how much time you need to walk a greater distance to classes.

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