This is the fourth post in my Colleges: Pros and Cons series. Check out what I loved about SLU, UCCS, 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!
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.