Recent Alumnus 2013-02-16T16:19:03Z
I'm a public relations major and have loved every minute of it. After declaring my major, I was nervous about the teachers and the workload that I would be given. Yes the workload gets bigger as you progress throughout your major, but anything worth receiving requires long and hard work. Once you get active with your major and start getting serious, you forget that the professors are actually teachers because they side with you as you make progress and work your way to getting a successful job. You start making connections through your teachers and they help guide you in the direction you need to go. The job range for public relations is extremely broad, from working for nonprofit organizations to magazine editing to working in corporate PR. There are no limitations. Every job requires good communication skills and public relations helps you achieve this. I strongly recommend public relations as a major. It's a fun and exciting major where you never know what may happen next. If you like following the news, being active with social media and writing, this is the major for you!
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-16T16:12:50Z
Attending the University of Alabama was an easy decision because of the broad spectrum of majors and minors available. There's something for everyone, ranging from public relations to pre-law to nursing to fashion and the list goes on. The UA professors are so welcoming, especially to freshmen. They go out of their way to ensure that their students are understanding the material being taught and that they are actually taking something from the class that will benefit them in the future. Teachers are always available outside of class and most of them even give you their phone numbers to call if you have help with anything. Tutors are also available on campus if you become overwhelmed in certain subjects and need extra help. The southern hospitality at UA makes learning and communicating with your teachers a little bit easier.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-16T16:08:44Z
The diversity at the University of Alabama is often a determining factor in the decision to attend school here. The UA campus is filled with a variety of people with different races,cultural backgrounds, religious and political beliefs and sexual orientation. In fact, there are groups and organizations available to fit anyone and everyone's specific values and beliefs. These organizations range from Christian youth groups to Atheist groups to political groups like College Republicans and even more. At UA, there is an international department to welcome people from all over the world. Most of the people you might meet on campus will be from the South, but there is also a percentage of people from up North. It's easy to fit in at Alabama because of the diversity all across the campus and the city of Tuscaloosa. You just have to find the group that fits your values and beliefs.
College Sophomore 2013-02-14T20:58:51Z
The University of Alabama football team is the National Champion.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T22:47:58Z
All bars here are at the least 19+ so if you're coming here as a young freshman you might be out of luck. During the fall there are a lot of fraternity band parties each weekend that are also fun if you're in Greek Life.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T22:44:40Z
The drug and alcohol scene are definitely bigger within Greek Life here, but in most social groups alcohol is prevalent at the least. You don't have to drink, but you'll most likely be around it a lot.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T22:42:23Z
The weather is very unpredictable. One day it'll be sunny and nice, the next week it'll be pouring, especially in the spring.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T22:41:26Z
They're trying with the Bus system, but it's confusing and few people really know where each one go. The campus isn't big, you can walk it end to end in fifteen minutes for the most part, minus the rec and nursing school. The parking options are limited, so it's not always very convenient to drive your own car.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T04:32:01Z
Transportation here in alabama is not a problem. We have a buses running all day through the night till 9pm. Then there's a 348-ride. You can call them if you ever need a ride late at night and it's all free. And on Sunday there's shuttles that takes you to Midtown Village, University Mall, and to Target and drops you off to your dorm. UA also provide transportation to the Birmingham Airport during the breaks.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T04:27:43Z
The weather here is very unpredictable. During the summer, it's really hot and sometimes nice. During the fall, it's nice and chilly. Fall is also very short here. During the winter, there are days when it's nice outside like in the 60's or 70's then the next day it's freezing or raining. It rains here alot! Classes will get cancelled if there's snow because it hardly does that here so everyone panics when it snows.
College Senior 2013-02-11T00:39:14Z
While some of the classrooms are older, it still shows class and the history that is the University of Alabama. They are fantastic!
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T23:29:23Z
Only the best computers on campus! Most are Mac some are PCs. Plenty of places to print and make copies from. wireless connection can be difficult due to the mass of people using the wifi
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T23:27:41Z
I am a criminal Justice Pre-Med major and it is a lot of work but, most definitely interesting. My professors care about us the students and try to make subjects relatable to our age group as well as possible life experiences we may or have already had
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T23:25:15Z
Usually Sunny or overcast in the winter/spring. Got some snow in January. A lot of rain does go through here. Over all if you want to experience some sort of weather change you will find it here.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T23:22:41Z
There are plenty of places to eat on The Strip and over in Midtown Village. Prices are good at all places, usually a plate will be from $10-$20 depending on what has caught your eye and stomach.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T23:16:09Z
UA has such a wide variety of classes to take it is impossible for a student to say "they didn't have the classes I wanted". UA has the top professors and the staff are excellent to work with in the admissions process as well as the class picking process.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T06:13:26Z
parking here is terrible. The parking decals are expensive, and even once you pay for you're parking you are never guaranteed you will find a space. Don't park in the wrong zone though, the parking police are sure to get you. And it isn't like a typical Tuscaloosa parking ticket of $15, these suckers range from $25-$50 just for parking in the wrong lot. Parking here is literally a scam. And they try to make it seem just by allowing you to appeal you're ticket. But they always deny claims and then add on a 5 dollar processing fee for you're appeal in the first place. The crimson white just published an article saying the University made 2 million dollars annually on parking tickets alone. I love this school, but the parking here is beyond terrible.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T06:08:01Z
The greek life runs the school in every aspect. It rules who gets the best seating at games, it runs the SGA, and its the students who succeed the most in the classroom. It is however, very cliquey. Don't expect to get into a frats band party unless you're a girl or you have very close guy friends in the house, security is tight. The campus is split between greeks and gdis for the most part, pretty much anyone at this school will agree. The new houses are MASSIVE, and pretty much every greek organization is upgrading or building a new house.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T06:01:43Z
I dont have financial aid, however the scholarship application process is very easy. Its a standard application which does not take long to fill out and if you meet the requirements you automatically get the scholarships. Its important to take your time on the application, however, because if you have good essay answers you could receive other scholarships that go beyond just the standard requirements.
College Senior 2013-02-07T22:07:20Z
If you don't want to drink you don't have to. Not even the fraternities will make you drink (unlike what many have been lead to believe). But it is very prevalent and most people enjoy it.
College Senior 2013-02-07T22:05:58Z
I don't even know how to explain it. It's February and it's 60 today. Tuscaloosa weather (and southern weather in general) is weird. But if you hate the cold, this is the place for you!
College Senior 2013-02-07T22:04:26Z
It's huge. It's everywhere. However, because it's gotten so big, the fraternities have gotten too big for their britches. And the sororities are so big that there's not really a huge feeling of sisterhood anymore. It has it's pros for sure, and I don't regret choosing to rush at all- but I do wish we'd scale it back some.
College Senior 2013-02-07T22:02:18Z
They are constantly building on campus. Seriously construction everywhere. But the stuff they are building is top-notch and definitely adds to the campus aesthetic in a positive way!!
College Sophomore 2013-02-07T19:53:35Z
Health & Safety:
There are many options for safe transportation after hours if you want them. I feel pretty safe on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-02-07T19:52:46Z
The student athletic center is awesome. It is a fairly new building and is packed with all the latest equipment, plus there is a rock climbing wall, a lazy river, and indoor pool and tons of great workout classes and a new facility is being built on the other side of campus for convenience. It always packed though, so the new, smaller place will help to relieve some congestion.
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