Allegheny College '16
Majoring in English
Member since 9/18/2011
If you don't want to party, you don't have to.
If you want to party, don't have high expectations. They're fun... but really bizarre. Really, really bizarre. That being said, I typically have a really good time when I go out. You get used to the weirdness, I guess.
I came into the school a little confused as to what I truly wanted to study. I thought I had a vague idea, but I ended up changing my mind a lot. For this reason, I'm really thankful for Allegheny's distribution requirements; I was able to take an assortment of classes from different disciplines and was therefore able to figure things out for myself. I used my freshman year to find what I want to study and I'm not behind because of that.
I don't mind the cold. And I don't mind the snow. But if there is one thing I can't stand it's how often it rains here in Meadville. You'd think you went to school in Forks, Washington...
People who are from large cities or places with a lot of things to do may find Meadville, PA a little boring... that being said, I'm from a small rural town and therefore I find Meadville rather nice! There are lots of small businesses, bars, restaurants, etc. Just a few weeks ago, my friend and I walked around town and visited a variety of small unique shops. My friends and I often find things to do on campus, but when we want to go out to dinner or see a movie, there's no issue getting there. Regardless as to if you have a car or not, as long as you don't mind a little cold wind, the walk to a local movie theatre, various restaurants, and a few gas stations isn't a bad one!
Parking is pretty okay. I don't have my own car on campus, but I do have many friends with cars on campus. The only complaint I hear from them is that there isn't really any assigned parking... you have to have an Allegheny College parking pass, of course... but as far as where you park goes, you basically have to search for a spot every time you leave and return to campus.
As a double major in Mathematics and English at Allegheny College, I have a lot of credits I'm expected to complete. That being said, I'm only a second-semester freshman... so I'm not yet too far into my programs. That being said, the staff and faculty at Allegheny are INCREDIBLY helpful and comforting. I often get overwhelmed by all of the classes I need to complete in the next 3 years, and I feel as if it's simply too much for me to handle. But whenever I voice my concerns to a teacher or staff member here at Allegheny, they have no hesitation when they tell me everything will work out. The curriculum may be tough at Allegheny, but everyone here really enables you to accomplish what it is you want to accomplish in your time here.
I'm someone who entered college thinking they had everything figured out. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to major in, what I wanted to do with my life, etc. I started out my first semester taking classes in Psychology, Mathematics, and Chemistry in hopes to pursue a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. However I had a change of mind mid-semester. Now, I plan on double majoring in English and Mathematics. Fortunately for me, because of Allegheny College's division requirement and use of three core clusters (Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science), none of the classes I took my first semester freshman year are useless. It's definitely comforting to know that I can take a few classes, unsure of what I really want to do, and not have it hurt me in the long run... especially when tuition, classes, and materials for classes are so expensive.
I do mention that I'd always planned on double majoring. That's not something that's required at Allegheny, that's just something I want to do. It is important to mention that Allegheny has a certain major/minor requirement (which ties into the division requirement aforementioned). Each student must choose a minor as well as a major, and they must be from different divisions. That way, the student majors in one division (ex. Humanities), minors in another (ex. Natural Science), and must take at least 8 credits in classes from the third and final division (ex. Social Science). This creates a very well-rounded student and I think will make students look incredibly desirable to graduate schools and future employers.
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