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If I could change something about MTSU it would be that it doesnÕt really feel like college itÕs more just a place I have class. There isnÕt much for students to do. There arenÕt places in Murfreesboro of close to campus for students to hang out and meet new people. ItÕs has been a hard place to make friends, I think, and the friends I do have, have come from soccer. I donÕt think that many students are proud of MTSU or have any school spirit. Unlike most colleges itÕs hard to get any students to sporting events. My friendsÕ (from other colleges) favorite time/memory of school is usually the football games but it seems that no one wants to come out and support any of our athletes. When I tell people that I go to school and play soccer here at MTSU their first two responds are either Òwhere is that?Ó or Òoh is that a small division II school?Ó These responds are kind of upsetting that such a large school hasnÕt made a better name for its self.
The best thing about MTSU is probably the beauty and accessibility of our campus. We have probably one of the fasting growing student populations in the South and with that comes new facilities and expanding resources for students. The Master Plan for our campus is amazing and I'm excited to see the ways that the campus will change within the next few years. Murfreesboro is a very flat town, which means that MTSU is a very flat campus. There are no huge hills that students have to trek up as with campuses like WKU or UTK. This provides a very handicap accessible campus and an easy walk between classes. One thing I would change about MTSU would be, going back to the stereotypes, changing the whole "suitcase" college aspect. As mentioned before, this adversely affects the attendance at our football games and other sports, for which we have great facililties. Our athletics program is growing at exponential rates and it would be great if there were more student support for it. Maybe if there were more student oriented events/entertainment/venues in the surrounding communinity students ould be more inclined to stay. Our school is growing by leaps and bounds and is now the largest undergraduate intstitution in Tennessee. This may be a turn-off to many prospective students, but any current student will tell you that MTSU still has a small-campus atmosphere with small classes, a low teacher-student ratio, and enough faculty and staff to serve students with any and all of their needs
Murfreesboro is definately a college town in the best sense of the word. There's lots of opportunities for good food, inexpensive entertainment options, employment, and shopping. Traffic is pretty commuter friendly as well. The campus is very large which can make it seem a little impersonal since many classes are also large, limiting student-instructor interaction. The most frequent student complaint is always, parking. The parking here is horrible, you generally need to arrive on campus at least forty five minutes early for any class that starts after 9:00 a.m, even then any parking space you find guarantees you a twenty to twenty-five minute walk to class. The off campus public transportation has been a little unreliable to date. It's hard to plan on taking public transportation when the schedule varies as often as it does concerning arrival times.
The best thing about MTSU is the people. The atmosphere at MTSU is completely different from any other campus that I have visited. The students are friendly, and willing to help one another in class. Most of the professors want to see that their students are able to apply things they learn in the class room. If I could change one thing, it would be that Freshman would have to live on campus for one year. As the largest undergraduate institution in the state of Tennessee, I would say that we are just right. Even with that many people, it is amazing how many people know each other personally. When I first started at MT, people didn't think too highly of it. Now, they see how MT has pushed me to excel from jock to Student Body President. I spend most of my time in the Keathley University Center (KUC). However, in a couple of years, MT will have a brand new, state of the art Student Union Center for students to congregate. Murfreesboro is part college town. The square resembles a college town. There are plenty of restaurants around campus that collegiates frequent. However, there is a new shopping center in Murfreesboro called The Avenue. I have never seen such a nice mall in a college town before. It reminds me a lot of the outdoor mall in Destin, FL. MT administration are some of the finest group of people of with I have had the privilege to interact. MT is one of the most efficiently ran institutions in the state by far. President McPhee values MT students' ideas, and treats us with nothing but respect. The biggest controversy recently deals with the naming of one of our buildings. MT has a building named Forrest Hall after the Confederate Soldier Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. The controversial history of Colonel Forrest, has caused arguments for and against the renaming of the building. The school pride is growing. Among most students, our blood runs blue. Our school pride will continue to grow with our Athletic Programs continually making improvements. My most favorite memories come from Greek Life and other areas. But the time that sticks out the most, is when a group of my friends went to watch MT play football against Vandy. We had a great time, and MT won for the third straight year! Our main complaint is parking. I have never had a problem with it, because I always ride the campus shuttle or walk.
What I love about MTSU is that it is so huge, yet I do not feel like "just another number" when I walk around campus. I feel like I know everyone on this campus, which I know is not true, but at least that's how I feel. I have a lot of school pride and I get offended when people think that MTSU is dirt compared to UT. There is not a lot of stuff to "do" around Murfreesboro as far as "going out" goes, but Nashville is not far away and Murfreesboro is continually growing.
This school is horrible. I started college at 24, after seven years in the Army, and when I came here, I was expecting to have the full college experience. I was hoping to make friends, experience college life, etc. Instead, I feel like I am in high school all over again. There are people here from different parts of the country, sure, but the great majority of students here are from TN, and they only make friends with the people they went to high school with. If you didn't come from their town, they don't want anything to do with you. People here seem nice at first, but there is a major difference betweeen polite and friendly. They are rude, self contained, and the majority have no desire to learn anything new or be challenged. Most people are here because they couldn't get into their first choice of schools. It's like nobody wants to be here. The athletes all wanted to go to UT or Memphis, the rich kids to Vandy, etc. This is the only division one school where you will walk around campus on an average day, and the majority of athletic gear you see represents another school. Why? Because that's where those people wanted to go. This town has over 100,000 people, but it is still run like the typical small southern town. The cops are corrupt, ten percent of the population is on probation, and the power structure is not accepting of newcomers. An MTSU grad student ran for city council this year, and the first thing said about him in the paper was he was only a six year resident. There is no effective public transportation in this city. The parking is horrendus. The school has over 32000 students, but less than 1000 computers available for use. It doesn't feel like I am going to school, it feels like I am going to a job. The majority of professors, like the students, are here because they are not qualified to teach somewhere else.
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