College Senior 2012-06-14T15:38:42Z
A - Availability, Convenience, Location, Cost, Safety – I believe that the Off-Campus housing provided here at Clemson University is very affordable which allows many students to get an option to live off campus but still be able to afford it. Also it is very convenient becuase they are close to campus so it is easy to walk to class and since they are so close it is also very safe. There is a free transport system that goes to all off-campus housing.
College Senior 2012-06-14T15:34:22Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls Are Hot – Clemson is mostly southern women but has its northern influence from students coming down south to gain their education. If you aren't from around here you will understand why the girls are gorgeous here. Great weather and way of life make the best people.
College Senior 2012-06-14T15:34:02Z
Guys & Girls:
Lots of Variety – No matter your taste, you can find someone attractive at Clemson. Take a walk through campus and you'll see guys in head-to-toe camo, pastel polos, band t-shirts, and cargo shorts. The girls are just as diverse in floral dresses, t-shirts, and ecclectic outfits. As a girl, I'd say there are plenty of hot guys. And there's someone for everyone's taste, too.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-05T22:28:05Z
Graduated and happy to be out of there – Let me start by saying that I love my life outside of Clemson. I'm an Army nurse at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on a wounded warrior floor and it's probably the most rewarding/ exhausting experience (because you give your heart and soul to these families and patients) I will ever have. I'm also back in Maryland where people are a bit on the rude side, but at least there is diversity and tons to do. Also, I fully consider south of Annapolis and the Eastern shore to be "southern," no matter what small minded South Carolinians think. Clemson made my dream job possible. I was a busy ROTC cadet on top of being in a challenging nursing program. Constant stress and worry were part of my everyday life because there was so much pressure from both programs and not enough communication between the two. ROTC was demanding, but in the end I am grateful for the challenge because it molded me to be a fit (early morning Physical training, ruck marches...) confident, and knowledgeable Officer. At the time I had little family support, so I depended on my ROTC scholarship to fund my education. The nursing school, was informative and challenging academically wise, but clinicals were HORRIBLE. The school taught me nothing about functioning as an actual RN, and it wasn't until my preceptorship at Walter Reed when I learned what it takes to be a good nurse and all that entails. Most clinicals we sat around with nothing to do and I was definitely behind my peers at clinical skills when I first started my job. I even graduated with a 3.8.... There was one nursing professor who stands out to me as brilliant and memorable...that was our psych nursing professor...all the others I've allowed to become a distant memory. One clinical instructor in particular was just plain nasty and unprofessional. At one point she told me I was so anxious and such a bad nurse I should change majors or get counseling. Didn't bother asking me why I may appear anxious minus my dissatisfaction with Clemson as a whole, or how stressed out I was balancing the hardest year of military training and nursing at the same time, or the fact that the love of my life was deployed. I was on the phone sobbing to my mom after every encounter with this Clemson professor. Later I met a nurse in the ER during one of my clinicals that told me she had the same experience as me with this dreadful lady...and she's an excellent ER nurse! Also I've gotten good reviews so far and attribute all of them to my fantastic preceptorship at Walter Reed as I've said before. At least half of my nursing classes were repeats of previous ones or an utter waste of time.
I truly believe a combination of lack of family support and being at a college that was so not right for me completely ruined my self esteem. Freshman year I was accepted into the "popular pretty girl" group on my floor (lived in Johnstone) who were not interested in joining a sorority. I'm blessed with a naturally fit body and pretty face, but was never "popular" in high school mainly because I moved around so much. Anyway, these girls all ended up being calculating and mean, not to mention one of them; my roommate had already slept with over 60 people at the ripe old age of 18 and was a complete racist and homophobe. I felt like a sheltered virgin in comparison. They pushed me out of their group for whatever reason and I took it pretty hard. Not to mention, I still had to live across the hall from them and felt constantly left out 24/7. On my quest to find new friends at a church group, all I ended up making were surface friends that quickly faded when I left the group because nursing/rotc got too busy. My best friend from Clemson ended up being a guy that grew up 30 minutes away from my house in Maryland which is a testament to how homesick I was. I shiver to think what I would have done without this particular friend and some of his friends who more or less adopted me into their group. That's how it is at Clemson though, if your not in a frat or sorority it's all based on who you were lucky enough to live near your freshman year, and if you choose the wrong group as I did; you ay be socially doomed the rest of your time there. The random parties I went to or invites down town when I became of age (where hardly anyone dances or does anything but drink and shout at each other) I felt so disillusioned and bored which no amount of alcohol could fix and would almost always end the night early. I felt so ALONE thinking I was the only one who really couldn't stand the school and got pretty depressed. It was so bad, I ended up having to go to counseling most my years of school and it got to the point I needed to take medicine. Funny, because my husband is deployed again and my job is 3 times more stressful then school and I've never been more happier or confident and am medication free now.
The happiest memories I had at Clemson were when friends from home came to visit me or when my Naval Academy boyfriend at the time now husband came to visit or when I went to visit him. Also the surrounding area of Clemson: Greenville and the blue ridge mountains are a lot of fun to visit and hike...and with my limited free time all I wanted to do was escape there! Also, my ROTC experiences were bright spots for the most part. With a highlight of having the Army pay my way for a month spent in Germany.
Senior year, I really started to pick the pieces up and become the woman I am now. I stayed away from campus and escaped to Charleston where my bf was stationed most of the time, I was in a leadership roll in ROTC, and even started getting along with some of my peers. My relationship with my parents improved two fold. I think it was because I knew I was on the countdown until my prison term at Clesmson ended. NO more ignorant drunk people, loud football games where we mostly lost, un needed stress from a bad nursing school, mean superficial MRS degree girls... the list goes on and on.
I had two months of of army training in San Antonio, Texas last year after graduation and I had the TIME OF MY LIFE. It was like college should of been. I realized I am capable of having a bizzilion friends and staying out until 4 am dancing the night away, and meeting people I can actually have a conversation with and relate to. I LOVE country music now not because of 4 years in Clemson, but because of two fun loving months in Texas. So now I finally know I'm not crazy or a lame person. It still haunts me that my college experience wasn't the greatest and I can't get those years back. However, I remind myself if your best years of life are in college; then that is a very very SAD life to lead. Not only that, but I'm living a life full of so much purpose now I almost thank Clemson for the comparison because I'm a very grateful woman to be where I am. I also thank my amazing counselor at Clemson who helped me deal with all the anxiety and self esteem Clemson took away.
My best friend at Clemson LOVED it, my best friend from home's little brother LOVES it. However, your not alone if you don't love it. And life does get better I promise! If your stuck there like me; hang on, escape to the mountains and surrounding cities as much you can. If your not stuck; get out. This is your college experience and in my case time did not make it better. Good luck!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-05T22:23:24Z
hard to get into as it should be because nursing is hader then people think
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-05T22:17:24Z
Where do I begin.... I'll just say after two months of two stepping and partying it up in San Antonio, TX... Clemson is completely lame in comparison. I'm afraid these people don't know how to have a serious good time unless your idea of a good time is standing around at bars that are all the same talking about nothing and drinking. NO ONE DANCES :( and if you want to get to any apartment complexes they are all so far away.
College Senior 2012-06-02T23:28:36Z
Ultimate College Town – If you are looking for a college town Clemson is where you want to be. It is a small town, but the college bars a so much fun, fraternity parties are a blast, and game day is unmatched.
College Senior 2012-06-02T23:26:58Z
Prepares You for the Real World – Professors and courses are hard, but prepare you for the real world. Clemson is a very progressive school and has been improving academics year after year. President Barker is committed to improving the academics every year and has been doing a great job.
College Senior 2012-06-02T23:21:38Z
Cheap and Average – The dining halls are pretty good, but get old quickly. The unlimited food option is definitely a plus, but the food quality isn't as good as places that you pay more for.
College Senior 2012-05-30T18:55:08Z
There's Something in These Hills – I love clemson! I moved down to Clemson from Maryland and the culture shock was immense and took a semester to adjust however I now love this place and I love it more and more everyday. Clemson is an amazing place to be and the atmosphere on campus is electric and addictive as there is more spirit here than at any school that I can image. There's a reason its one of the happiest schools in the country
College Senior 2012-05-30T18:51:23Z
Pass but Not Great – I lived in the tower, an all guys dorm which sounds aweful but it wasnt. There's always someone partying and something to do and you are surrounded by two towers of all girls and three sorority dorms nearby. Overall the on campus housing is nothing special but there are plenty of good places to live and a wide variety if you want to be on campus. Would recommend stadium suites or holmes/mccabe to be close to stuff and in the most convenient location.
College Senior 2012-05-30T18:45:34Z
Above Average, Could Be Better – The dining halls are probably a C+. They are always crowded and serve the same food repeatedly. The food is okay for awhile but gets old really quickly and it mostly tastes the same. Not worth getting an unlimited dining plan. The other places to eat are pretty good its worth getting paw points or tigerstripe to spend on chick fil a, einstein bros, subway, papa johns or burger works. The canteen and hendrix center are the places to eat, they are A quality.
College Junior 2012-05-30T01:18:59Z
Pretty Good – After joining a number of clubs and organizations that I am interested in, I have met an awesome group of people who share my interests and values. There are a number of ways to get involved, and there is always a fun event going on at the campus. The classes are not too difficult if you put in the time and work hard. The library offers an excellent place to study, as well as lounges in the dorms. There are a lot of people who party, but it is still possible to have fun without drinking.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-28T14:36:24Z
The variety of majors at Clemson is phenomenal. And most of them are award-winning and the faculty is full of knowledgable professionals who are willing and able to provide assistance to students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-28T14:32:24Z
Acadmics Outstanding – Everything about Clemson's academics is outstanding. They've won numerous awards, and continue to dazzle.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-22T19:08:11Z
Can't Beat It! The weather here rocks! Yes it's hot in the summer, but there are two lakes nearby and plenty of pools at the off campus apartments to cool you down! Fall and Spring are beautiful - with the plentiful trees, the colors during these seasons can't be beat! You do need a bit of everything when it comes to clothes, as there is plenty of rain in the spring, heat in the summer and chilly nights and days in the fall and winter. And did I mention every fall the Clemson Tigers play football! You just can't get a better experience with a fall football game, tailgating and a gorgeous fall day.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-22T18:38:35Z
There is always parking on campus, but you may have to park very far away and take the CAT bus, which will drop you off close to your destination. Be sure to get to campus about 20-30 minutes early if you're driving! Permits are expensive ($100+) and tickets can get costly if you wait past 10-15 days to pay them. If you live on campus or in an on-campus apartment, you don't need a car.
College Junior 2012-05-22T17:00:03Z
Relatively Smooth Process – Financial assistance for my first year at Clemson was okay. It definitely could have been better. However, the process was smooth with everything done online. Soon after FAFSA's are processed by the school, they email you about your financial aid for the next school year. You can choose to accept or decline any loans/scholarships. Throughout the summer, you should look out for emails in case they make any changes to your financial aid. By the end of summer they may give you more scholarships than they had originally awarded you at the beginning of the summer. Even if you accept the original award, you can accept the newer award.
College Junior 2012-05-22T16:54:02Z
Relatively Easy – At Clemson, there was no separate application for applying as an engineering major. After the first year in general engineering, you declare your specific engineering major, such as chemical engineering. As long as you had a certain grade point ratio at the end of your first year, you were accepted into the desired engineering field.
College Junior 2012-05-22T16:36:36Z
Smooth Transition Into College Studies – At Clemson University, all engineering majors are required to first apply as a general engineering major. Within this major, all students learn the basics relevant to each engineering field. This allows for a smooth transition between high school math and science to the basic applications of calculus, chemistry, biology, and physics (the math and sciences learned in high school). Instead of delving right into challenging engineering problems, this program helps freshman achieve a solid understanding of the important basics. It also allows students to have a little taste of each engineering field to help those undecided determine which engineering career they want to pursue or even to change majors if they so desire.
College Junior 2012-05-19T00:35:02Z
Beautiful Places and Smiling Faces – South Carolina's state motto is "Beautiful Places and Smiling Faces" and Clemson is definitely full of both. Clemson weather is typical of the south. The summers are hot; fall and spring are warm (around 70s); and winters are mild. We occasionally get snow, but it is rare.
College Junior 2012-05-19T00:27:27Z
Great University from Great Professors – Clemson professors are excellent. I have had awesome teachers in all my classes, especially the courses offered by the Calhoun Honors College. Clemson requires students to take a number of general education courses, so you will get to take a wide range of courses, not just your major courses.
All Clemson majors are designed to be completed in four years; however, courses are designed to be hard. Clemson wants its students to be hard working and successful.
College Junior 2012-05-19T00:23:35Z
Don't Be Afraid to Drive – Clemson has an excellent bus system that goes to all major apartment complexes in the area, but if you want to drive, there is plenty of parking on campus. Freshmen are required to live on campus, so you won't have to worry about commuting every day. Still, you can have a car on campus all four years. The residential parking lots are farther away compared to commuter but still reasonable.
Clemson students don't need cars, though. Most places are within walking distance, but if you need to go farther out, the bus routes go into most local areas.
Parking services are fairly strict about parking space rules, but the fines are reasonable and cheap if you pay them quickly.
College Junior 2012-05-19T00:15:01Z
Interesting Work, Interested Professors – Clemson's professors care about your success. My professors have interesting course material that they teach and also have excellent undergraduate research opportunities. I love being a chemical engineer. The professors teach in a manor that makes our degree applicable to a wide range of careers.
College Junior 2012-05-15T01:47:47Z
Athletics at Clemson are very popular. School spirit can be seen all over as Clemson is a college town. Football Saturdays are huge. Baseball, basketball and soccer are also well supported.
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