College Junior 2013-11-19T14:40:41Z
The are a few organizations that would look great on a resume if you were part of some of them. There are some pretty comfortable lounge areas and also quiet areas to get a lot of work done.
College Senior 2013-11-05T19:38:42Z
I must admit that it was not until my junior year that I really started to appreciate the university. The issue I had during the first two years was both personal and not. The personal: the fact that I woke up every morning in my dorm, went to class, and returned to my dorm; unable to escape from the atmosphere of academia and the, at that time new, levels of stress associated with the workload (minimum of 18 credit hours per semester during the four (4) semesters, marching band, a part-time job and all things associated). There was a serious lack of separation/disconnect between my education and all else. This was a major issue my first semester; dealing with my first time away from home, even though it was only a fifty (50) minute commute. All of this combined caused many of the students to burn out fairly quickly, making us more apt to distraction and the resulting procrastination. I became accustomed to the situation during my second semester which made things easier but also allowed other influencing factors to set in. these same factors became prominent issues over my second, third, and fourth semesters. Factors like the newly acquired freedom, growing wealth of friends and access to a means of partying and its influence. Although these factors are common to many incoming students at universities, I am merely noting the presence at the small, private Catholic university.
On-Campus Residence Experience: The freshman dorm facilities did not help either. The building was built in 1964 and is showing its age, there was then and still is (I've been in the building within the last week) a constant smell emanating from the bathrooms in the basement. The basement of this residence hall was where I resided at the beginning of my first semester. I did not finish the semester out in the basement however. During the third week of the semester the basement flooded and ruined some of the students personal possessions who were located, like myself, near the bathrooms; ten (10) students went to get out of bed one morning and were instantaneously awakened when they placed their feet into an inch of frigid water. Needless to say, the residence director at the time moved all of the affected students to the second floor within four (4) hours of her enlightenment to the situation. The university paid to replace all the damaged property, allowed us to be excused from class for the day, and had Campus Operations (Campus Ops) employees assist in moving the remainder of our possessions to the new rooms.
My third and fourth semesters I lived in Clare Hall which is connected to the athletic facilities, dining hall, writing center, and language department. The walk between the doors of Clare Hall and Marian Hall (the predominant academic building) was only twenty-five (25) feet; as opposed to across campus like that of Doyle Hall. The proximity of all these aspects of campus to my room was incredibly convenient. My friends and I had all gotten rooms right next door to each other (the entire South-West wing of the third floor was filled with band/music students. I'd have to say that these two (2) semesters were the most compelling and memorable and the most closely resembling to my idea of the "college experience." My friends and I have a saying which can correctly contextualize the student life on campus we experienced, "we may attend a small university, but we put big, state-school students to shame." The precursor to this statement is the fact that if there is not a University promoted event happening on campus, there is little to no fun to be had. A majority of the students leave campus over weekends or after class, leaving only a handful to keep each other entertained when our studies had been completed. These prevalent circumstances also lead to another saying shared between my friends and I, "Marian is as fun as you make it," or "Any free time fun you want to have at Marian has to be self-produced."
Aesthetics: Marian really has a beautiful, very well-kempt campus. During regular business hours it is a rare occasion that one does not hear the drone of greens maintenance, or at least some sort of campus ops whirr off in the distance. Even more so with the recent expansion and development that Marian has engaged in during my time in attendance; starting with the completion of a turf, football stadium. Just in the last two (2) years I have seen the start and finish of multiple residence halls, and a Health Sciences/Osteopathic medicine facility. I will also see the completion of a student union which is a gift from the Alumni association. On top of this Marian has extended its holdings in a residential neighborhood adjacent to campus which have and are continuing to be made available as student housing, and eventually some will be torn down and construction of more academic building will ensue. Marian University is making massive strides in most fields, having created a football team with the completion of the football stadium and claiming its first NAIA National Championship within five (5) years. The aesthetics are seeing these strides with a siphoning out of aged structures and practices with modern facilities.
Since the end of my sophomore year, i have lived off campus as a commuter student but am still noticing impressive advancements in all aspects of Marian's moving forward.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:16:25Z
The campus is small and beautiful, yet there could be more outside seating as well as more comfortable chairs in the library.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:09:16Z
The campus is beautiful in the spring/summer and fall time but they need to salt the walkways alot better. The library needs some work, especially on the chairs and hours of operation for the cafe. It is very jam pack with activities which is a plus.
College Sophomore 2013-03-18T19:44:48Z
Some of the facilities at Marian are pretty old, but as far as dorms, it isn't bad at all. Each room has its own AC/heat. The athletic facilities are definitely improving, and there are many projects on the way for Marian's campus.