College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:49:35Z
The Creative Writing program was easy to get into. At the end of my first semester, I declared my major through a simple form. Oftentimes, professors and advisers will help you in choosing a program right for you if you're unsure where to go. The program itself, however, requires a large amount of dedication, including involvement in the production and publication of the campus-published literary journal. The program is widely respected on and off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:45:02Z
Tusculum boasts a decorated variety of professors across their selection of majors, and each program is dedicated to the success of its students and of the college as a whole. Tusculum follows the one-class-at-a-time block system, where students focus on one course for 18 class days before switching to the next class. This requires a great deal of time management from the students, though the registration process seems a bit simpler; students merely fill in the blanks. However, a great deal of planning is needed to prevent having to stay over four years (as certain classes are only offered certain blocks). Academic advisers are of great help in this, and as long as the student is responsible, the registration process is easy and the homework manageable. In addition, most classes number around 15 to 17 students, and with only one class to focus on, the professors get to know their students well and are very personable.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:39:31Z
My major at the moment is in Creative Writing here at Tusculum, and the program is extensive and to be respected. The decorated faculty personally encourage each Creative Writing student to hone their craft, and the community is known and envied across campus programs. Most students in the program are published - some many times - before getting their undergraduate degree, and often move on to receive fellowships at renowned universities for graduate school. In addition, Creative Writing students are required to spend four semesters compiling and editing the campus literary journal, the Tusculum Review, granting them an immeasurable amount of experience in the literary world. However, the program seems to - especially at first glance - supply a cookie-cutter success; the prominent faculty have found a niche and seek to conform the students in that border of success.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:33:53Z
I'm debating on changing my Journalism minor to my major for practicality purposes, and that major requires an internship. Though I haven't had any personal experience thus far, not only have I discussed such matters with faculty members and have the fullest confidence in their ability to help me find an internship. Similarly, a friend of mine has a job/internship relevant to his triple Business major to help ease him through school, as found for him by his academic adviser. I plan to make good use of the caring and competent faculty at Tusculum to receive an internship to further my experience in my chosen field.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:04:09Z
Greek life at Tusculum struggles to be in existence at all. The one Greek sorority I am aware of is new - having come into existence just in the past year - and therefore hasn't done very much to become prominent in campus life. There is no housing available to them, and as far as I am aware, no parties. Like Tusculum itself, however, the sorority focuses on civic engagement and service, and many students and faculty are looking to improve Greek life in the college's future.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T19:01:14Z
Tusculum is a small, private college, which means the people in the Financial Aid office are very caring and personal, but also means there's more financial aid you need to receive to cover tuition and other costs. However, Tusculum's financial aid personnel get in touch with you in ample time about any issues or errors on their end, though I've had no serious problems. Tusculum also offers scholarships that cover a decent, modest amount of their tuition. I've had no issues with the student loans thus far, but any outside scholarships you want must be dealt with by you.
College Sophomore 2013-06-06T18:57:30Z
Part of Tusculum's appeal is its small-town location. However, its lack of general variety when it comes to off-campus dining counts as a con. There are a multitude of different chain restaurants and small, family-owned options, which gives Tusculum a great variety in off-campus eating environments. Whether you want something quick and easy, to sit down and chat with the owner, or a combination of both, the surrounding community has got the place for you. However, the food itself is often of the same pallet, and if you're an exotic eater, you might get bored of the same-old Americanized menu.
College Junior 2013-05-11T00:56:09Z
Given a chance to re-decide majors, I would choose the same two every time. I have had hard times with both of them, but at the same time I have grown to trust and respect my faculty over the years. I am going into my senior year and I can only say I love my program more now than I did when I started and it is all due to the effort the faculty put into me as an individual student.
College Junior 2013-05-11T00:54:05Z
Both of the programs I'm involved in are relatively easy to join, but require a great deal of effort to maintain.
The creative writing program at Tusculum is one of the largest on campus with an almost all students moving onto graduate school and gaining publications. The professors stay on their students and make everyone work for their grades. Some can be emotionally taxing, but every time a student receives their grade, there is no question as to whether or not they earned it.
Tusculum's history program is one of the best in the region. Its professors constantly work their students to become better historians and to use the right source materials. Every upper division class focuses on the use of primary sources and requires an extensive paper at the end.
College Junior 2013-05-11T00:49:45Z
I am a Tusculum College student, double major in English creative writing and history. The college is one of a few in the country that use the block system, or focused calender. It is a unique program that lets students take one course at a time and so allows them to be completely focused for that class. Classes are three hours a day for eighteen school days with a break of two to five days between blocks.
Explanation aside, Tusculum is hard. I don't suggest shying away, but understand that one class at a time and three hours a class a day instead of five or eight sounds awesome. However, it takes a lot of work. To succeed at Tusculum, the average student spends an additional four to five hours a day preparing for class in addition to the three spent in class. Homework reading tends to average one hundred pages a night and papers that a student can normally expect weeks to complete must be done in only a few days.
The faculty are great and challenge all o their students, as should be expected. The English and history departments on campus are made up of unique professors who spend hours a day in and out of the classroom building relationships with their students. They support our endeavors and are willing to put their necks on the line to see us succeed. It is an incredibly productive environment. In the English creative writing program, students are to spend four semesters working on the college's literary journal, The Tusculum Review. This provides a unique experience for students to learn the trade of both publishing/editing, but also what it takes to succeed as a writer. The history faculty take students to conferences and spend a great deal of time emphasizing the strengths of historical research. Because of the strength of my faculty, I've presented at history conferences where without a doubt, my school had the most polished, best researched and argued papers in the region. You truly learn what it is to be a historian.
Tusculum is great, its departments are full of expert faculty, but I do return to my original statement. Tusculum College is hard. Don't take it lightly, but if you're focused and willing to put in the work, it will reward you.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T00:37:20Z
Overall, the computers are reliable in school. You can get wifi throughout most parts of campus, but it can often be slow. There are computer labs all over though, so you don't have to own a computer.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T00:33:19Z
The weather is what you would expect for a college located in Tennessee. It pours rain January through April, starts to warm up by May, and in August (when school starts up) it's sweltering. The weather is most comfortable around October.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T00:30:49Z
There isn't currently a greek society on campus, some efforts have been made, but so far there is little progress in creating one.
College Student 2013-04-14T00:19:25Z
Public transportation is good here. You pretty much just drive yourself but traffc isn`t very heavy.
College Student 2013-04-14T00:17:25Z
Guys & Girls:
You'll find all sorts of guys at Tusculum: city boys, jocks, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just Southern belles. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the accent.
College Student 2013-04-14T00:14:53Z
As an education major, I will be student teaching, which kind of acts as an internship in a sense. Student teachers are unpaid, but the time commitment can be just as rigorous as a regular paid teacher. My responsibilities include coming up with lesson plans for the week.
College Student 2013-04-14T00:09:37Z
The computer labs are usually crowded at crunch times, like midterms and finals, but besides that, you can always find a spot. Most people do have their own computers, and with WiFi, it is definitely nice to have your own. If you don't own one, I don't think it would be a huge problem.
College Student 2013-04-14T00:06:48Z
Health & Safety:
I wouldn`t feel unsafe or unconfortable campus. This is where I feel like I need to be. It is a small, beautiful, safe place to be. Keep your doors locked to avoid petty theft or late-night pranks. And be warned that Campus Security isn't too happy `bout drinking games, so keep your Beirut games under control!
College Student 2013-04-14T00:04:08Z
The police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so my best advice is to not do it! Definiately don't start advertising keg parties in your room. You will get busted!
College Student 2013-04-13T23:58:42Z
Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! We have a block schedule so you only have to worry about taking one class at a time!
College Student 2013-04-13T23:54:54Z
They`re plenty of apartments. I still live at home. Some of the apartments are more expensive than others. It's easy to find an apartment, though, and they're close to campus. No one worries about finding one.
College Student 2013-04-13T23:51:17Z
Campus life is like no other. The student`s get involoved very easily and some of the campus was newly renovated a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, and it's a more than a popular hangout, you can get inlvolved with students that have similar interests, because of the school size. There are tons of organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus
College Junior 2013-04-08T17:31:49Z
We have a few great athletic programs but the programs that usually stand for other college aren't very good
College Junior 2013-04-08T17:25:25Z
Right now we dont have the most up to date things computer wise but we are building a new math and science building so our current things should be update within the next couple of years.
College Junior 2013-04-08T17:23:46Z
I would definately do it, some days you might question your reason of doing it but other days are pretty fun.
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