It is an amazing inclusive school that gives endless opportunities. Classes are small and make sure you are able to learn so you can get the most out of your education. I originally left and did not believe it was worth it, but after looking at a few other top notch public schools I came right back because how supportive it is.
Wheelock is far from what I expected.
To start, the academics at this school are simply meteocer. I transferred out of two classes within the first two days of the fall term because I felt that both professors were truly UNABLE to teach...At times, Wheelock felt like a glorified community college. it felt like the marketing team was really the most prominent department in the school, wheelock is facing serious problems as an institution which is affected enrollment and applications. instead of solving these problems the school is hyping up their marketing. at times, wheelock felt more like a mid-sized corporation than an institution. in fact, 40% of the time it felt like a glorified community college, 40% of the time it felt like a corporate entity desperately struggling to make it, and 20% it felt like an insitution of higher learning.
While intellectual and engaged students can be found, if you are looking to be in a college that feels like an intellectual community, Wheelock will disappoint. Many, (NOT ALL) of the female students seemed to view certain issues in an ignorant or backwards manner, to the extent that their own views were detriment to their well being as females. The male community, albeit minuscule, was generally incredibly ignorant, sexist, and homophobic. We had a unit on feminism in my sophomore year social work class and not a single man exhibited even the slightest tolerance or respect for the topic of feminism. Everyday after class i would hear them huddle up, calling it "Gay" or calling the teacher a "fag", etc. they were angered that they were studying feminism. moreover, within the male community there seemed to be a palpably uninhibited culture of homophobia, at least within the circle i ran with. additionally, many of the females in my feminism class would complain about it as well, something that made minimal sense to me..seemed that their views really worked against their own interests. all in all i felt that many of the people at wheelock, specifically the male community, was IGNORANT. one more thing: a lot of the men at wheelock are recruited for the schools desperately waning sports program, and that is the ONLY reason they go. since wheelock is a specialized school, that means that you are around a whole hell of a lot of un-engaged people that have ABSOLUTELY NO interest in the majors the school offers, something not that fun to be around. i would say 7 out of 10 men i met didn't want to major in a major that wheelock offered and/or were planning on transferring.
the first year field placement will only feel applicable to you if you are an education major. as a JJYA major, i thought that the opportunities were diverse. but the field placements the first year are ONLY in schools, and you don't get another field placement util senior year. all in all i felt that the field opportunities at wheelock were grossly hyped up.
lastly the campus. i personally found that i didn't understand what i wanted from a college campus until i actually went to college. but, the campus was the second component, after the quality of the classes, that made wheelock feel more like a community college than a four year university. neatly placed beside what is basically a freeway, whelks campus was...well, just weird and unappealing, far from what one would typically desire. moreover, it was small and just odd and generally added to the feeling that wheelock was an overpriced community college.
the ONLY thing that I will miss about wheelock is that, for a private college, they do a pretty darn good job of having racial diversity. but while important, i didn't feel this made up for the other realities that school faced and i wound up transferring anyways.
lastly, when i came i was worried that the school was boring. i heard that the party scene was non-existent, etc. this isn't true. most of the people at wheelock like to have a good time, but the school just doesn't facilitate parties. therefore you just go off campus.
all in all I'm leaving, primarily because i found a school that has a better major for my professional goals. yet, i won't miss the widespread ignorance of the student body, shaky administration, and general averageness of the academics.
I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in public sector fields such as- education, social work, non-profit leadership, and humanities. Our political science department is also growing and attracting more students thanks to Professors Geoff McCormack and Sandy McEvoy. But of course, like anywhere else, Wheelock has its pros and cons. It's just up to you to become involved and find your niche of friends/interest groups so that you can get the real true beauty that comes with going to school in the heart of Fenway Park in Boston.
I am currently a student at Wheelock college. It is a great school. The campus is small and safe. The professors and faculty are amazing. I would recommend this school to any student looking to major in education, social justice, or child life. Wheelock college is a great Boston school.
As I embark on my final year here at Wheelock College, I must say that I will miss this school very much. I would say that I believe this institution has provided me with numerous resources and opportunities for me to excel academically as well as personally. Although the food and resident halls need some work, the campus, which is fairly small in size and students, provides its students and faculty members with this sense of family. Wheelock professors and other faculty members are always finding way to engage students in and outside the classrooms. Many professors even ask students to join their personal studies outside the classroom. Wheelock provides so much support and truly cares about its students. Wheelock still has many areas of improvement. Aside from the food and resident halls, Wheelock struggles with its male population, as well as the number of faculty members that are of color. Over all, I believe that the education and support I have received has been phenomenal and life changing. I have learned the necessary skills to not only be an amazing social worker, but also the skills to become a more open-minded, loving human being.
Wheelock College has a lively spirit, from faculty, staff to students- they are all actively trying to "improve the lives of family and children" by engaging in and creating opportunities, dialogue, and resources in a number of different fields. Wheelock is one of the top ranked schools for Education and Social work but their other programs, such as the Humanities and Communications, is rich with scholars and thought-provoking interdisciplinary work. Each program has a component of social justice, to stay true to the school's overall mission, and provides students with opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. The academics are of a high standard but the atmosphere in the classroom, and out, is warm and welcoming. There are countless resources to help students succeed and it is apparent that professors are not only active in their fields, but are active on campus, and with student engagement. Ultimately, Wheelock College is a place of leadership and growth with a wholesome outlook on education and the world around us.
Wheelock College is the only school I visited because I fell in love with it as soon as I stepped onto the campus! Everyone becomes a familiar face and students, staff, and faculty are all on a first name basis. We are probably one of the friendliest places to be and I feel so lucky to be here. Academically, I have thrived and succeeded because of the small class sizes and discussion based format. If you're a student that can thrive in a close-knit community, then this is the place to be!
I like to think of Wheelock College, as the Trader Joe's of colleges. Everybody is so nice and they strive to make everyone feel heard and supported. From the teachers, to the administrators, to the maintenance guys, you can tell they love their job.
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