By Sam Coren
“Why does my opinion matter? I already graduated.” That’s a common response I get from people who graduated in the past 5 years after I invite them to review their college on StudentAdvisor. If hindsight is 20/20 then college reviews from alumni are worth big pots of magical gold to a prospective college student. When I was looking at schools I would’ve given anything to sit down and talk with graduates from the schools I was interested in.
Why? Because while current students can give you the skinny on where to find the best parties or what professors to avoid, a graduate can answer that nagging question: “Was it worth the money?” Being able to look back holistically on the entire experience leading up to getting your degree and how it paid off in the end is something only grads can do.
When you think about the big picture, your undergraduate years will only account for a small percentage of your life. The memories and your general sentiments will carry over multiple decades. Do you really want to go off into your professional life feeling a great sense of “buyer’s remorse” over an experience that didn’t help you in the end?
So what makes for a good college review from a new graduate? Sharing your story with brutal honesty. Check out the following Ohio University review from an alumnae:
Ohio University took a military brat from the Washington DC area and over four years, turned her into a confident, intellectual, open-minded, ambitious and successful woman who now lives and works in London. The professors in the Scripps School are top-notch and I was impressed with the level of professionalism and ambition in my peers.
Although it’s pretty cool that Athens, Ohio is all about the university, you do have to drive a good 45 minutes to a shopping mall (Parkersburg, WV) or a couple of hours to Columbus, OH. But if that’s the worst thing about the school, I think that’s pretty good!
Would I do it again?
Yes, I did not want to go to OU at first. My parents had been alums and were always telling me how much they loved going to school there. I was convinced I wanted to move to a big city and go to college right smack in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Because I wanted to study Journalism and OU was top-rated for my degree area, I finally let my mom drag me up there for a campus tour. It took 7 hours to drive there and for all 7 hours, I was deadset against going to college in Ohio. But then I saw the green and leafy campus and spoke to students on the campus tour and I could see myself there. I could really imagine myself working in the mac labs at Scripps, eating late night pizza at Goodfella’s, and exercising at Ping. (Of course the exercising never really happened!) I had never really been able to see myself at any of the other colleges I visited. OU felt like a place where I could really belong.
Although OU has a party school reputation, you can party or not. There is a place for everyone and don’t let the party reputation fool you. We studied as hard as we partied.
I wish I hadn’t worried about going to a college in a small town because the people are great and open-minded. The town is small and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of shopping, but I’m a better person because of this school and this town. It didn’t hold me back from launching myself onto the big, wonderful world. I now live and work in England and although Athens, Ohio, isn’t somewhere I can easily get back to these days, Ohio University is somewhere, something I will always be grateful for.
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