The Things I Disliked About UCCS

Hello, all! It’s been way too long since my last post, but I am officially done with finals and getting Cody ready to go to Montana for his field class, so I will be back to the blogging-grind. This is the fourth post in my Colleges: Pros and Cons series, if you missed the first entries, check out 5 Things I Loved About Going to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs5 Things I Love About Being a Hawkeye, and The Things I Disliked About Saint Louis University. Coming soon, I’ll talk about what I dislike about Iowa, and Cody will eventually write up a few guest posts about the Air Force Academy.

dislike UCCS

When I moved to UCCS, I lived in the apartments on campus. I had three fantastic roommates and a gorgeous walk to class every day. And the best part: I got to see Cody every single weekend and some weekdays! I was very happy with UCCS, and it’s been tough for me to think of very many things that I didn’t enjoy about it, but if I had to critique the school, I think that I would critique two things: (1) the fact that it is overshadowed by UC Boulder, and (2) the difficulty level of most of my classes.

1.) I don’t know very much about UC Boulder other than the fact that during my time at UCCS, I met several people who transferred to Boulder. The general consensus was that Boulder was the larger school of the two, and that it was overall a better school. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I do know that UCCS didn’t do a lot to try to combat this opinion. I think that it is a difficult issue because the two are technically sister schools, but there could have been ways for UCCS to make sure that its students knew that it was the better school. This is of course completely speculation, so I’ll get to my next point.

2.) The classes I took at UCCS were easy as pie. For some people, this would be in the pros section, and I will say that I enjoyed the GPA bump that I received from UCCS, but I do wish that the classes would have been just a tiny bit more difficult. I am a big believer in the power of a name, and when it comes to what college is on your resume, I do think that it will tip things in your favor if your school was known for being rigorous and turning out great scholars. UCCS just wasn’t a rigorous school. Compared to both SLU and Iowa, UCCS was much easier.

Again, I really enjoyed my time at UCCS. The only reason that I transferred away was because Cody and I wanted to be closer to family once Cale was born. If it hadn’t been for that, I would have gladly received my diploma from UCCS, so I would recommend it to anyone who wants to move to Colorado Springs or who already lives there and wants to go to school close to home.

 

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The Things I Disliked About Saint Louis University

This is the fourth post in my Colleges: Pros and Cons series. Check out what I loved about SLUUCCS, and Iowa. I will also be covering what I disliked about the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as well as the University of Iowa, and Cody will be writing about his experience at the Air Force Academy, so check back soon for those!

SLU dislikes

I have a lot of really great things to say about SLU, and I want to remind you that a huge reason why I transferred away from SLU had nothing to do with the school and everything to do with the fact that Cody was 1,000 miles away. However, if I had been happier in my time at SLU, I might have felt more compelled to stay there.

A lot of my issues at SLU stemmed from the difficulty that I had with making friends, and although that isn’t directly a problem with SLU, it is a problem that SLU caused indirectly. I found that nearly everyone there was from an upper middle class family, and a huge portion of my classmates went to private schools growing up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! In fact, a personal goal of mine is to make enough money to be able to send my children to private schools if they’re better than the public schools in our area. The problem though is that it made it tough for me to relate to a lot of my peers. The majority of the people that I met there didn’t have to think about student loans, part-time jobs, or money in general, which was great for them; it allowed them to focus solely on being a college student, but I just wasn’t under the same circumstances. Toward the end of my semester at SLU, I did begin to make some truly great friends, and for them, I am so grateful. I wish that I had met them sooner.

One of my biggest problems with SLU itself is that it projects a false sense of diversity to people interested in attending. I went to a rural high school in the Midwest growing up, so I really wanted to be surrounded with people of all backgrounds in college. I thought that SLU would provide that, but it didn’t. I don’t know the actual statistics when it comes to the diversity of the student population at SLU, but I know that the number of people I met who were not white was smaller than my high school graduating class (which was 27). Maybe this is my own fault, after all, I didn’t join the Black Student Alliance or any of the cultural clubs, but I would expect that a truly diverse campus would have a rainbow of students in every class.

As I said in my previous post about SLU, it was one of my dream schools. And Saint Louis is my most favorite city. I would live there again in a heart beat. If you have an interest in attending SLU, I do urge you to check it out. It definitely has its flaws, but it has a lot of heart too, and I’m truly glad that I spent my first semester of college there.