Reed College '12
Majoring in Economics
Member since 10/31/2011
Union College Overall Experience
had a new discussion posted by joeShmoe2
Union kids, how preppy is preppy at this school?
I do not fit this stereotype, and don't necessarily have a problem with it. The price of private college tuition seems to be reflected in its study body, regardless of social traditions or the name of the school. But is it hard to have an amazing time at Union without Greek involvement or attraction to conventional white good looks?
Could you manage living off-campus with a bike and no car? With a little luck in finding something close? Strict on parties?
IT IS WHAT IT IS – I don't know. People smoke, and drink, its college. There is no presence of heavier drugs on campus, unless you're looking for them I suppose they're around. The dorms have security guards. The guards are students that are having their education paid for. Don't act like an idiot coming in and out of the building and they should give you no problem. Also don't bring in illegal paraphernalia at awkward hours of the day...
SOME EYE CANDY – Suffolk has a lot of good looking woman strutting around. The city of Boston has a lot of good looking woman, that may have something to do with it. The entire concept of going to college in the city seems to bring out some interesting ladies. A lot of girls her are idiots though, some also very caddy. The funny part is most think they don't fit this description. There is all types of woman here, all seem to be the party type. There are artsy girls, preppy girls, quiet girls, hopelessly geeky girls, sweet girls, hoochie mamas, foreigners. You're in Boston, it doesn't matter entirely on what you think Suffolk girls are like. go to a party off campus with a blend of students in this metropolis. If you're a normal guy there is some chick here for you.
Suffolk doesn't have an active Greek life, there is one, but no one cares. Students here aren't effected by this. Sense there is no real campus, the students flock to parties all over rather than depending on some fraternity row.
The dorms are all newly developed. They over look the Boston Commons. They sit amongst the Massachusetts State House. Most rooms have their own bathroom. Some hold dining halls within their very walls. The bitter bite derives from the price tag. Suffolk's room and board is insane! Now if your family can afford this, great. Miller is new and cool, don't spend much time there. A lot of good looking girls up there. 10 west is the apartments, extremely quiet, but nonetheless very nice. Tremont has the most "college feel" to it -- probably the most fun. In conclusion, if you come here, you're in for some nice student housing.
ITS WHAT YOU MAKE IT – Academics at Suffolk are enriching. There is room to grow in ones most specialized subjects. This depends entirely on your discipline of study. My complaints reflect the students in those class rooms. With such a high acceptance rate, the University is filled with students who are only in College because daddy writes ambitious checks and Suffolk accepted them. That is not to Suffolk does not have any competitive students, they are just out numbered currently. If you did well in high school, consider Suffolk, the give out significant money to exceptional students, and you will certainly excel and stand out to professors amongst such apathetic peers. And if you did so-so in high school, check Suffolk, its a growing University with nice resources and promising programs. This school has plenty to offer, just nobody biting at the bate. Bite the bate
Can't Complain. MBTA – The Green Line, Red Line, and Orange Line will never let you down, unless that party you went to at 10pm sucked and you're looking to cross town but the T closed at 12:30. Then take a cab. It's the city of boston, you can't complain. it is what it is.
This depends entirely on what you're looking for. There is a non-existance Greek attraction. Suffolk does not have any parties close to the residence halls. Many students frequent local clubs such as Splash. Notorious Allston parties tend to house 60+ students, generally strangers to you, for an hour-or-so before broken up. These lead to 20 buck taxi rides home to the dorms for any freshman. Assuming from an upper classmens perspective, that is the freshman thing to do. once you're older parties consist of less distant groups of friends in apartments, or at bars. Suffolk's party scene kinda sucks in my opinion. Nothing is close enough or enough. If you had a good time in high school, this kid stuff won't entertain you unless you can afford to club every night, or love foreign men accompanied by bimbos who don't know their names
You're in Downtown Boston – If you're familiar with the area, this is an incredible sector of boston to study. However in my experience, the local attitude is rather negative towards Suffolk. Surrounding institutions tend to look down upon Suffolk. As far as shopping/cultural events/sports, things of that nature, you're right where you need to be
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