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i enjoy the size of the school overall when i tell people that i go to case, they think that i am automatically smart more people need to go to the sporting events (especially the female sports) i spend most of my time either at class or in my dorm...i also spend time at the dining halls, exercising, and in other people's rooms
Case is the perfect size for a university. Throughout my four years here I can honestly say I have met most of the people in my class. The classes are also a good size. My biggest classes were freshman year in math and chemistry, but as I got older and more knowledgeable in my major the classes got smaller and more intimate. As one of my professors once said, Case is a kind of utopia in Cleveland. We are surrounded by these beautiful museums and green space, and we are also surrounded by East Cleveland and the poverty that has made it so famous. We are in the perfect position to educate others while we are educating ourselves. The most recent controversy on campus has been over the logo. Although the administration, faculty, and alumni were greatly affected by this change, most of the students I know could care less if we were called Case, CWRU, or Case Western Reserve University. We don't have the same kind of ties to Case and Western Reserve that some of the alumni do. Case is an unusual school because the students are so intelligent, but they are not only focused on the academics like most Ivy leagues schools are. Students here are very spirited and very involved in on-campus and off-campus activities. We are the perfect mix between and Ivy league school and a state school. Four years later I still remember my orientation and PlayFair. I remember how nervous I felt moving in with complete strangers and how comfortable Case made me feel the first few days I was here. I am still good friends with all of my suitemates from freshman year, and I imagine I will stay good friends with them forever.
I love Case. There is plenty to do both on campus and off. If you do want to do something off of campus, there is plenty of free transportation to get you there. There are sporting events that you can go to both on and off of campus
I think that the best thing about Case is that it lets you be who you want to be and to figure out who that is. If I was to change something, I'd say that I personally wish that we had more faculty in poetry (as writers, rather than lit professors) and DMLL (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures). I think the school is just big enough that you don't have to see people you don't like all the time, but small enough that you'll still see a lot of people you're fond of. When people hear I'm going to Case they're either 1) impressed, if they're from Ohio, because it's the best school in the state or 2) "Oh. I couldn't go there--too close to home" if they're from my high school, which is about three miles from campus. It's certainly not what you could call a "college town", but we often refer to it as the "Case bubble" and we mean that pejoratively, meaning that there's enough for people to do on campus that they often forget that they live in a city and that there's a lot of other stuff to do outside of campus (especially if you have a car). As far as the most frequent student complaints...Case students complain about everything. Maybe it's the awful Cleveland weather that gets people going, maybe it's because people stress themselves out too much, but whatever it is people complain a lot, and sometimes make it seem worse than it is. I think the most frequent complaint is about SAGES the mandatory seminar class requirement, but even that isn't as bad as the volume of complaints would suggest.
The best thing about Case is being around so many driven hard working students, which really helps you to focus on the academics. Sometimes it would be nice to have more social events that are for fun. Case is a small school which is most well know for its Science and Engineering. Most people outside of a two hour radius that are not in Science or Engineering have never heard of it. The most common reaction when telling them that you go to Case Western Reserve University is "You are in the military?" Case is planted right in Cleveland, so there is not much of a college town since there is a lot of stuff around anyway. It makes it nice since you get more of the activities you can only get in a city. This year Case inducted a new president. The last president had made some unwise financial choices which got him booted. So far the new President has been reconnecting with the students and alumni. She hopefully will be able to better handle the job. There is not much school spirit, the athletics is not really paid attention to. Most students bond in the effort to pass classes and handle the work load. My best memory of Case was when it hosted the Vice Presidential debates last election. The entire campus became teaming with people and activities from the school, media, and outside community. It was a really fun time. The nicest thing about the campus is that all of the museams of Cleveland are within a short walking distance of the school.
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