College Sophomore 2013-08-07T20:09:59Z
My first semester was rain filled. I didn't expect the amount of rain, the strong winds, or the enormous puddles that formed around campus. It made getting to classes a little harder, added to the fact that I wasn't used to walking across campus to get to most of my classes. I definitely enjoy the spring time on campus better when everything is in bloom. Allergies didn't seem to be a problem and there were many warm sunshine filled days. Overall, the majority of the days the weather was nice and the students are happy.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T16:43:21Z
Very well balanced curriculum. Supportive professors and teaching assistants.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T16:42:55Z
Many options, love the atmosphere. Cheaper alternatives than on-campus housing.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T16:42:25Z
Very safe atmosphere. USC police department is very friendly and supportive to caring for students.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T16:40:55Z
Didn't turn AC on till end of spring semester, it got really hot since its Columbia, SC
College Senior 2013-08-06T19:54:35Z
Little to no peer pressure in my experience. Alcohol is commonplace.
College Senior 2013-08-06T19:53:30Z
There are a lot of great options if you look to go off-campus. Although they aren't very cheap, they're affordable depending on your desire to work or help from family, etc. Really fun places to live though, with great atmosphere.
College Senior 2013-08-06T19:50:11Z
Columbia is a really fun city, if you allow yourself to get immersed in the culture. There is a lot to see off campus, and more than just 5-points.
College Junior 2013-08-06T02:23:46Z
USC has a large library which accommodates very well for the large amount of students that attend. Lots of green space that is kept nice and clean. The sporting events are huge, and many people join in for all of the fun.
College Junior 2013-08-06T02:19:59Z
Dining is overall very good. They have many choices. Not only do they have choices due to everyones liking, they also have choices to fit different dietary and allergy needs.
College Junior 2013-08-06T02:13:20Z
The transportation is fairly decent. It mainly depends on your schedule and where you live as to whether the bus is convenient to you. They do a good amount of run times and they do fall between classes which is good.
College Junior 2013-08-06T02:09:16Z
Parking on campus is not the ideal parking. It is difficult to find parking spots and most of the time you have to drive around for a while. It can cause you to be late to class and sometimes if you're late to a class too often then they drop you from your course.
College Sophomore 2013-08-02T02:36:40Z
Health & Safety:
There are a lot of precautions talked about and there are safety poles around campus. Although those are in place, often students are alerted of cries on campus like robbing and scary things that you think we would not have to experience. The Carolina Alert system in good but a lot of times you wont get to hear about the crime until the next day after it happened. By that point you like crap I just walked through that area 30mins after that happened. There needs to be a quicker way to notify students and a better way to insure protection than just call boxes on poles.
College Sophomore 2013-08-02T02:30:08Z
There is always something to do a t USC. One thing most people like about USC is the ability to be as heavily involved or have as little involvement as you like. There is always something going on out side of the student center. Constantly you can get free things, food, games, and so many other things that just make you feel like your wanted. Student life is great at USC and I love being a student there.
College Sophomore 2013-08-02T02:24:43Z
I hate to rate this category so low but with good reason I do. There are teachers at USC that I am completely confident would lay their life out to help their students. There are many professors that have gone above and beyond to help there students. The main problem that I have concerning faculty would be the non-professor staff. When you call to get a problem addressed at USC you will get sent to 5 different people before you get in touch with who you need to speak to. Four of those five people will act like you are doing them a disservice by calling them. They are rude and act as though you should apologize for making them do their jobs. It is annoying and makes it hard to hold respect for the majority of the faculty.
College Sophomore 2013-08-02T02:18:39Z
You can always find something to eat at USC, It may not be five star quality , but there are multiple places to eat and many different choices. The main eating area, the Russell house, has sit down places as well as fast food places. You can also eat food from an area that is more like a cafeteria. The lines are pretty bad sometimes but you just have to know when the crowds are coming. Some of the dorms have places that you can go eat and the ones that don't have places in them to eat typically have a place close by, The food in most places is pretty good. If you are on the go and need something fast there are easy grab an go foods as well as food vans in some areas you can run in real quick to grab a quick bite.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T15:06:04Z
I did not enjoy living on campus. I asked for a co-ed dorm, but ended up in all girls. I am not crazy about living with a bunch of girls and it ended up being too catty for my taste. I had most of my friends in an honors dorm. I could have gotten into it and looking back I should have. The all girls dorm was falling apart and I had repeated problems with maintenance. I had to play the parent card constantly. They had little respect for me as a resident. My friends in the honors dorm had a much better facility and were "my type" of people.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T15:01:21Z
Once you learn it, the food works out. I am a yankee so I'm not big on southern food. There are ways around it, though. I learned how to get grilled chicken from the grill and put it on my salad from the salad bar. There is sushi. I still question it. They have a Jamba Juice for smoothies and some little restaurants like Italian and Greek. They are alright, but nothing great. They have some fast food as well and a café outside of the main dining hall that is pretty good. As far as organic, ethnic, and vegetarian/vegan, you can make do, but they don't give a ton of options. They have an off campus program where you can get some meals off campus. I moved out of campus housing and started cooking on my own before I could try it, but it sounded like a great option. They have lots of sub shops around, but also some cool little areas off campus. You have to learn about them, but there is plenty to try.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T14:55:18Z
The library is a little old and musty, but they are making improvements to it. The older building are beautiful, but some of the dorms are falling apart. Again, they are making improvements to some. The newer building are very outdated and dark. They offer some events on campus and lots of clubs to join. There was a great night life downtown, but not a ton for underage students. There were plenty of fraternity and sorority events, but I wasn't interested in that, so it was a little more challenging for me to make friends. The green spaces were gorgeous and I spent hours every day on the horse shoe enjoying the weather. The Blatt gym is poorly ventilated, but the Strom Thurmond gym is exercise heaven. It is HUGE and my current gym, a large Gold's Gym, pales in comparison. There is a rock wall, track, cardio deck, weight room, and an entire downstairs full of high quality, challenging group classes. They have basketball courts, ping pong tables, racquetball courts, volleyball courts, an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna, as well as a great outdoor pool perfect for laying out and hanging with friends. They offer Pilates, Yoga, Cycle, Kickboxing, Zumba, Arms and Abs classes, Boot Camp Classes, Lifting classes, and probably more I can't remember. The football games are awesome, but they are getting really hard to get into. The tailgating is so much fun, but can be hard to get to. Be smart about cops and your safety, though. As long as you don't go out of your way to get into trouble, you won't have any.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T14:43:46Z
Health & Safety:
I felt very safe on campus, but wouldn't go anywhere alone at night. Beware of areas off of campus. There are a lot of dangerous areas. Recently, the downtown area has had a lot of problems, but if you are choosy on where you spend your time, you won't have a problem. Be smart about it. There are "blue lights" all over campus and they offer shuttles to help keep you safe. Many of the problems I've heard of could have been easily prevented. I carried pepper spray just in case, but never had to use it. I never went anywhere alone at night and kept close to friends in the downtown area.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T14:39:04Z
Great parking opportunities are costly and if you forget your car at a meter, it's a big problem with tickets. There are some cheaper spots by the gym, but it's a bit of an uphill hike and during major class times (especially the beginning and end of the semester) there are very few spots available. If you live on or close to campus and don't mind walking, you won't need a car with the dining plan. If you live close to campus, but at an apartment, you will have a spot and won't have to drive to class. Again, you need to be alright with walking a mile at a time. I've lived on campus, in an apartment close to campus, and far off campus. Living in an apartment close to campus with a car was probably my favorite option. I love walking and the weather is gorgeous. There are a few places available like this.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T14:31:16Z
Being an education major at USC was a lot of work. Starting in your second semester you start practicums in the schools. There is a lot of writing and observations that go into it. There are very few tests, though. You begin internships the second semester of your junior year. That is a very busy time and one year later, in your final internship, you are essentially a full time teacher. A lot of reflection goes into that. I was in a cohort and became close with many of the other students. It was great support. Along with the support of the other students, my advisors, and my coaching teachers, I ended up being very well prepared for real world teaching.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T14:19:35Z
The Elementary Education program at USC was superior to any others I have heard of. I got a job right out of college, while friends in other states who went to other schools are still looking years later. I am returning to get my Master's and don't want any other school because of the quality of the Education programs at USC.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T13:38:10Z
Thanks to my parents, my savings throughout childhood, and my out-of-state scholarship, I did not need financial aid.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-01T13:36:13Z
Elementary education interns don't get pay, but you do get necessary experience with some much needed guidance. I had 3 internships and learned so much during them. It prepared me for my real teaching experience after graduation. During my first internship, I went in a day and a half per week and helped around the classroom. I also planned an taught a few lessons. In the second internship, I planned and taught many lessons and saw what happens at the beginning of the year as a teacher, including open house. I also spent entire days teaching. During my final internship, I planned and taught for over two weeks along with lessons along the way. In all of my internships, I had the same responsibilities as my teachers during the time that I was responsible for the class. I also was video taped and had support groups and coaches who came to give advice as well as assess me.
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