- Class: Junior
- Major: English
- Gender: F
- High School: Eastside High School
- Transfer Student: N
It's really cheesy to say this, but the best thing about Clemson is the people. Most everyone is really nice here and you can just tell that everyone is having the time of their lives. The size of the school is not really small, but its not huge either. I'd say it's just right. Clemson is a college town, there's not much outside of the campus, which kind of limits the amount of things there is to do, but there's a great sense of community in that everyone who lives here is about the same age and goes to the same school. School pride is huge at Clemson. It's odd to hear of a student who doesn't go to the football game on Saturday, and football is an event. Tailgating starts early in the morning and goes well on after the game, win or lose. Everyone I know who has gone here or graduated from here is so proud to be a tiger and will tell anyone who will listen how great Clemson is.
Classes at Clemson are generally small. Most of my classes have about 30 students in them or less. There are the huge lecture classes with 100+ students in them, however, the university is trying to get these class sizes down. I think that students on campus study an average amount. You can see students studying in the library at any time of the day, studying and a lot of times socializing, but I really think the emphasis is to do well in classes and to study as hard as you can. In the English department in particular, class discussions are very common. Most classes consist of students sitting around throwing ideas around and discussing literary theory or literary works with a professor who mediates and guides the conversation. Some of the majors offered at Clemson, such as Engineering or Nursing, are geared toward getting a job, but in the English department the emphasis is on getting an education and learning for its own sake.
Overall, I'd say that Clemson's student body is made up of white protestants. There are a lot of other ethnicities roaming around campus, however there is an overwelming white protestant population. Most Clemson students are from the south, there is a good population of students from the north, and most are from the east coast. Students here tend to be very, very conservative. Recently, students have become politically active and involved in political issues. Most students wear jeans, t-shirts, and Rainbow flip flops to class, rain or shine. A lot of girls carry around Vera Bradley bags and guys tend to wear Croakies and khaki pants.
The Best Things
It's a big community and everyone is having a great time
The Worst Things
It's extremely conservative and not very diverse