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BYU is a good school as far as academics go. One thing I would change is all the pressure that teachers put on trying to get married. Not everyone wants to get married when they're 19. I spend most of my time in the engineering lab or math lab. I don't think there are many controversies on campus. There is a lot of school pride
BYU is a large university and it's easy to feel lost in the grand scheme of things because the campus is so large and the beginning general education classes are very large (800 students). I spent most of my time in the Harold B Lee Library working (I worked 20 hours a week) and studying when I had a break from work and class. The most frequent complaints about BYU is the lack of student parking close to campus. There just isn't enough space to add more student parking around campus because the administration gives the closest spots to faculty and guests. BYU's biggest rival is the University of Utah. I think there's a rivalry because both schools are Utah schools and people assume that BYU contains all LDS students while the U doesn't, or doesn't contain as many. The stereotype of the University of Utah students is that they are drunk, crude, rude, and loud.
I love BYU. Lots of people dont. People that come to BYU do so because they want to be around other people who share their morals and standards. We dont want to have the temptation of drinking and partying that exists at other schools. This is a huge reason people come here but then a lot of kids complain that Provo is a boring town...which its not at all. We are 20 minutes from 11 incredible ski and snowboard resorts. There is tons to do in Provo. Bowling, iceskating, tons of sports, concerts, tooons of places to go out to eat, dance parties all the time, etc. Dont complain if you come here. YOU chose to come here.
The best thing about BYU: the quality of education in exchange for the amount required for tuition. I also like that BYU teaches you more than one kind of knowledge; the religious atmosphere really gives you an all-around experience. One thing I would change is the ridiculous parking at BYU. Bus passes should be free and parking passes should cost money. When I tell people I go to BYU, that usually alerts them that I'm LDS, or they ask about my sibling who also attend/attended BYU. School pride is ok. I find that more people outside of BYU appreciate it than inside. BYU is unique because of the ward experience... you live around the people you go to church with. The line between church and school is not so definite.
BYU is very bright and big. I love the school, but not the people; this isn't their fault, I'm just not a very social person. I get what I need from my self and the rest is all well and good. People are extremely polite (I LOVE how the guys hold the door open for us girls. Very, very chivalrous) and nice, making it a pleasant and easy environment to ask questions. Classes are mostly interesting and informative (usually because of the professor) and there is plenty to do. People jokingly ask me why I'm not married yet when I tell them I'm at BYU (if they're Mormon - hint: I just barely finished my first year). The over-emphasis on marriage makes walking around campus feel like walking into a den of hungry, but picky, lions, and generally makes the guys look like asses to the girls. Oh, and saying that on campus would've turned at least a few heads *grin*.
I'd say the size of the school is just right, but then I meet people, in another place, and they're also from BYU and I've never even seen them before. My bad for practically living in the HFAC (^^; ). lol It is definately in a "college town," but it's beautiful. Plenty of things to do, at school and in Provo. I wouldn't say that there's too much school pride, but it does get a little irksome when I want to park at my complex but the football fans have taken over. Yeah, that really stinks. The whole BYU vs the U is way overrated. Needless to say I'm not much of a sports fan. The walk to school is usually nice except for the blizzard-like conditions. lol. It is Utah, and we are next to mountains. Ah the lovely mountains.
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