College Senior 2013-09-23T14:53:35Z
Never having lived in California, I thought that December would be warmer, but I was at least somewhat prepared for chilly weather. June, however, was a shock. Apparently southern California lives under this fog for most of June in the mornings, and I regretted not having more light, long-sleeved shirts. We didn't have rain at least.
College Senior 2013-09-23T14:53:23Z
Sucks If You're Vegan and Don't Have a Car – Los Angeles has some delicious vegan restaurants, which I was able to experience while staying with a classmate who drove during the June residency. But in December I pretty much only had access to Sprouts grocery and had to do my own cooking in the hotel room. I mean, I was able to eat pretty much as I eat at home, but the restaurants seemed very limited for vegans without transportation.
College Senior 2013-09-23T14:47:31Z
No Sports – ... at least, not that I'm aware of. And damn, I love that! I hate sports teams and that whole mentality.
College Senior 2013-09-23T14:47:08Z
It's New and Ugly – The classes are in ugly new buildings. The worst part is that the windows don't open and the building is "climate-controlled." I've been to two residencies, one in December and one in June, and am always cold.
The grounds are pretty nice; small, but nicely designed with decent-sized trees. It's also across the street from a cemetery where you can go to be alone, unless you believe in ghosts.
College Senior 2013-09-23T14:46:21Z
Not an Option – Again, because this is low-residency, we don't have/use a dining hall. We do have some dinners and snacks provided, and while it runs the gamut and even includes vegan food (which is crucial for me as a vegan), eating well while I'm at school is a bit challenging. I end up staying in an extended-stay hotel and doing a bit of my own cooking, which makes long days of seminars and workshops a bit troublesome at times. The two delis on, or very close, to campus are not vegan-friendly and are more expensive than buying stuff at Sprouts and making my own sandwiches or whatever at the hotel.
I cannot speak about the dining experience of undergrad students. It may be different.
College Junior 2013-06-20T19:26:59Z
Guys & Girls:
I think that each sex is equally friendly and supportive of one another exceling
College Junior 2013-06-20T19:25:00Z
I think his is the most diverse school that I have been to. Everyone is very accepting of each others different backgrounds and culture
College Senior 2013-06-20T14:03:14Z
I don't do that nightlife stuff, but from what I hear if you get in with the party crowd, you can really have some great times.
College Senior 2013-06-20T14:00:42Z
It's fine. We're adults and if there is a problem, the school has set up 12-step programs to be used during residency.
College Senior 2013-06-20T13:55:24Z
This only applies to the MFA in Creative Writing program, which is very specific. The bulk of our work centers around writing, as is to be expected. The thing I miss is having semester-long seminars that coincide with the writing. For example, during residency you are offered many different seminars on aspects of writing and literature, but once you leave the residency, those seminars are not carried through the term.
We do have certain requirements, though: first term, a field study project that you design. Its focus is on social justice issues and writing within your community. Students have done everything from begin a literary journal to teachings prisoners to write. Second term we are required to write a five page paper and participate in a translation seminar, third term we complete a critical paper and fourth term we turn in a manuscript. So there is a lot of work and things to boost your writing and understanding of literature. Just not quite as much as I'd like.
College Senior 2013-06-20T13:50:04Z
for the MFA in Creative Writing program, you are issued a parking pass and have "free" (it's likely the cost is included in tuition) parking in a garage right next to the classroom building. Very convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-17T18:30:34Z
Southern California has the best weather. It's also close to the beach which is a fun place to go and study. There is barely ever rain, and summers are sunny and warm, not too hot.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-17T18:25:20Z
It's a big city so it's easy to get housing, but there is a lot of traffic, and finding a nice area is difficult.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-17T18:22:29Z
Public transportation is very accessible. Though, most people use cars.
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:24:08Z
Very few internships available for people in my major. This may different for people who are not attending Antioch for their MFA in Creative Writing, though. Once in a while a teacher or mentor, or an alum, will need help with a project and internships become available. On the whole, I am not familiar with any consistent internship availabilities, though.
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:22:02Z
I'm attending the Master's program in Creative Writing. It's a low-residency program, so the classes are set up differently from those in a traditional college. I love the mentor-student setup, where published authors serve as our instructors. I feel confident in their knowledge and have received excellent feedback and assistance. I appreciate, too, that the mentors I've encountered are there to guide, but do not come across as knowing the One True Way of Writing.
What I miss about the low-residency setup is the interpersonal interactions with fellow students. I'm also a bit of a school nerd. When we go to the residencies, we can take as many seminars as we wish; generally they last 50 to 120 minutes and are frequently fascinating, either on some issue of writing or social justice, frequently on a combination of the two. However, once these seminars are over, they're over. This is the other thing I miss; I like ongoing classes that last for months, that allow me to explore, along with fellow students, the issues at hand. It's a bit disappointing that we don't get the chance to do that.
The emphasis on social justice issues and creative writing, however, make up for that fairly well.
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:21:10Z
Guys & Girls:
I'm in grad school; I'm not going to school to find a girlfriend. People here are people - some are jerks, some are nice. Gender, which tends to be more fluid here than in other places, is irrelevant to my studies.
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:17:24Z
The graduate program is creative writing, at least at the Los Angeles campus (there might be a psychology Master's program, too, but we don't interact much). It's an excellent program, with astute, interested mentors guiding students along their own paths. One of the things I really love about Antioch is the Field Study -- we must get involved with our local community in a way that combines literature/writing and social justice issues. The workload is fine, what you might expect from a grad program, and also a bit flexible. They understand that many students here are adults working this program into lives already full of responsibilities (though some students are also right out of undergraduate level studies).
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:13:14Z
Health & Safety:
It's been just fine for me, though I'm rarely there late. I've never felt unsafe/
College Senior 2013-03-11T11:12:19Z
Antioch has an undergraduate and a graduate program. The grad program, which is the one I'm in, is low-residency, which means that many of us don't actually live on campus or even nearby except for ten days twice a year.
In that case, you mainly have to stay with someone who will open their house up to you, or in a nearby hotel. The Extended Stay is pretty good, but it all can be a bit costly. There's no dorm availability for out-of-town students.
College Senior 2013-02-04T16:44:10Z
The computer lab is up to date and works just fine, although if you bring a portable drive from home, there can be some complications in getting it to work.
The printing can be a pain, as you have to leave the lab for student resource center, which is at the opposite side of the building. It's not a far walk, but it can be a pain.
College Senior 2013-02-04T16:41:13Z
I'm in the low-residency program for Creative Writing, and I find it absolutely fantastic. We meet in person during residency, then stay connected through the internet during the rest of the term. The mentors are all accomplished authors, the majority of whom are also excellent at seeing the big picture of one's work as well as line editing.
The most important criteria for admission would be talent as a writer and proof that you can commit to being self-disciplined. It's really a super program.
College Senior 2013-02-04T16:37:23Z
The LA campus is located in a corporate office building, although there seem to be plans to relocate the campus at some point, so it's not visually attractive. There are some birch trees outside which are pretty. The library is quite small, but the program has another lending program called WeDeliver which can get you about any book you need. The worst thing about the campus in my opinion is the (lack of) climate control. It is always cold in the building, whether I'm there in December or June. I just freeze my ass off and it's hard to concentrate when my teeth are chattering.
College Senior 2013-01-11T05:59:12Z
Antioch university is a very diverse school of high learning with a focus of social justice for mankind.
College Senior 2013-01-11T05:53:33Z
This is Los Angeles, where housing is very expensive. This is a day schhol, therefore any student that chooses to attend must make sure that they are able to handle the commute pattern in Los Angeles.
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