College Sophomore 2013-12-11T22:06:26Z
I haven't finished and found out where it's going to lead me yet, so I can't rate it. This school is so unique and although I don't like a lot of the people and types of people on campus, there are some real gems that I have found. The food makes me sick and I can't wait to live off campus. Boylston and Tremont are SUPER windy and that's really one of the most immediately noticeable things about the college. But despite all of the things (so many unmentioned) that I dislike about Emerson, I still love it.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T22:04:02Z
We barely have any Greek life, so it doesn't bother me. You really only know them if you're in one or your friend is.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T22:02:55Z
Gross! So gross! I eat at the Dining Hall and it usually makes me feel sick. The Max (a food place in Piano Row) started spraying their pizzas with pan spray this semester, as in, they actually liberally spray it on the entire finished pizza before it goes in the oven. Yuck!
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T22:00:40Z
Did you know Emerson has a "support group" for Republican students? Yeah. It's pretty amazing.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:59:37Z
I'm not old enough to get into the bars, but they're everywhere!
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:58:57Z
Emerson doesn't have scholarships or any in-house financial aid. I'm drowning in student loans.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:58:06Z
Health & Safety:
The thing that bothers me the most is not the homeless people who can sometimes be found on our sidewalk. It's the people smoking pot (it's one of my suitemates) who do it in the dorm but don't get in trouble. ... But one can be hopeful.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:56:09Z
The rooms are small, the lottery is unreasonable, and everything is so awful that I'm not surprised students "have to live on campus" for their first two years. It's soooo not worth $15k a year. I'm living off campus as soon as I'm allowed.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:53:57Z
So we need computers. As in, laptops. Some of the teachers require you to bring them to class and some forbid them. (Some don't care, but they're harder to find.) If you need to print on campus, you should do it the day or night before you need the physical document. There will always be a problem - long lines, incapable computers, no paper, no ink, frozen something-or-other, ANYTHING - if you try to print it same-day.
Not to mention that the WiFi is so bad that it drains my laptops battery in two hours flat, just from the amount of times it has to reconnect because the signal is so poor. It's a campus-wide issue, so don't expect it to ever be "working".
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:50:10Z
I haven't lived off campus yet, but I intend to next year. Unless you have no budget or your parents' are going to pay for your apartment (some people at Emerson have said that their parents "bought their apartment for them"), the pickings are slim and you'll need several roommates.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:48:25Z
There is no campus parking. You'd have to find public parking somewhere, which is ridiculously expensive.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:47:26Z
People smoke pot in the dorms and don't get in trouble for it unless they're caught by the RD. It negatively affects everyone on their floor and they do it over and over again, without a care in the world. The only worse thing is that I have a roommate who blasts the tv all the time. Really. During the day while she's sleeping on the couch in front of it, whenever her computer is on with a video game and skype (all three noises at the same time for a long time), and ridiculously late into the night. We're supposed to have quiet hours that start at 11pm Sunday night through Thursday night, but she insists (no matter how much we ask / tell her to turn down or off the tv) on doing it well past 2am. I have classes in the morning. It's the worst experience I've had living on campus so far.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:43:00Z
I really want to have an internship, but I haven't yet. All of the internship opportunities near Emerson are junior year and up or require college credits, but Emerson won't let you have an internship for college credits until you're a junior. Not ideal, but I suppose it's better for juniors and seniors this way.
College Sophomore 2013-12-11T21:40:13Z
No one really cares about the sports unless they're in one or their friend is in one. These people are few and far between.
College Sophomore 2013-12-09T00:42:28Z
Emerson technically has a wet campus, but if you are underage and are caught drinking, there will be repercussions. The school does offer medical amnesty though, so if students need medical attention for drinking or drugs they will help with relatively little punishment (within reason, depending on the circumstance). The process for signing in/out visitors can be annoyingly tedious, but it's not difficult and makes sense security wise for being in the middle of downtown.
College Sophomore 2013-12-09T00:35:37Z
The school is located in the middle of the city, and does not offer any parking specifically for students. If you live on campus, keeping a car is almost impossible and ridiculously expensive, luckily it's also very unnecessary as public transportation is easily accessible and it's Boston so almost everything you could need is within walking distance.
College Sophomore 2013-12-09T00:32:19Z
The food is pretty average for a college campus. There's enough variety to keep you from getting too sick of the food and the quality is decent. The selections are more limited in the mornings and late at night, but that's not unusual. The meal plan is pretty well balanced between dining hall swipes and fake money (board bucks) that can be spent at the various cafes around campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-09T00:27:12Z
Typical New England weather. If you are accustomed to sunny, mild and predictable California weather, it will be a bit of an adjustment. If you don't mind snow in the Winter and muggy Summers then you will love Boston.
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:31:33Z
Not great. The dining hall has limited options and not the best quality. If you want good food, either go off campus or choose one of the cafes around campus
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:30:31Z
There's a lot. Most people drink and smoke weed, but there isn't much pressure to get involved, people just kind of do it. The school is lenient when it comes to your first offense with alcohol and weed, but I wouldn't risk getting caught again because you could lose housing or possibly be kicked out
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:28:36Z
Most of the dorms are new and have great amenities. But since we are on prime real-estate, it is going to cost a lot of money, and in the end you actually end up saving money off campus. But, the school doesn't let you move off campus until your junior year. Piano Row and Colonial are the top dorms, with Paramount being really good but farther away from campus. Little Building is old and permanently falling apart, but a great place to live your freshman year
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:24:58Z
Bring an ethernet. Wireless usually doesn't work very well and you'll definitely need it.
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:23:44Z
Parking garages cost a lot of money, and meters only get you a few hours and fill up quickly
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:23:04Z
You have to have an internship before you graduate. I have already had one at a few companies, and the skills Emerson teaches you really do help in the real world
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T23:21:49Z
You do have to travel really far if you want to live off campus. Housing around the school is extremely expensive which means you have to travel to Boston neighborhoods to find affordable housing. Even once you find housing outside of the city, it is still rather expensive and quiet a trek to get from school to home
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