- Class: Freshman
- Major: Film
- Gender: F
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
Let me just start out by explaining, I hate Emerson. With a burning passion. The administration won't listen to you, AT ALL, as a student, until you drag your parents into things (and even then, expect to all be treated rudely). The school is ridiculously overpriced and blows massive amounts of money on COMPLETELY unnecessary things (cough, parties for the SGA). That being said, I think my opinion is a valid one; I came to the school excited to attend, and open-minded, and I honestly gave it second, third, and fourth chances all this past year, when it certainly hadn't earned any. The only reason I haven't transfered yet is a good roommate and the fact that I'm going on their Netherlands program next fall. A word of warning to the wise; Emerson is NOT an art school. It's a COMMUNICATIONS school. There are writers, and there are filmmakers--there are NOT painters, sculptors, drawers, etc (or there are very few, and they obviously aren't pursuing it as a major). There is a good deal of musical talent, but there are also a whole lot of people parading around pretending to be musicians. I agree, film is an art form, but there are no artists here. On a happier note, the city is absolutely incredible! Don't don't DON'T stay in the downtown area; check out Chinatown, Southie, ALLSTON, Roxbury, Little Italy, Fenway...it's got SO MUCH personality if you just get out of the school's area and look for it. We are on the Commons though, which is pretty cool.
The classes are pretty good. Like any school, you have your bad professors and your good professors, and while the bad professors are just terrible, the good professors are amazing! The biggest class I had was MAYBE 70 students, and that was a LECTURE class; most of my classes were about 20 people, tops.
There is a freaking HUGE gay population at the school. I know at least as far as boys are concerned, the statistics I've heard are that for every 60 girls, there are 40 guys, and that 70% of the guys are gay (that leaves pretty awful odds for us straight girls, and unfortunately, venturing out into the city ISN'T going to help--just prepare to lower your standards A LOT or to not get any all year). Almost EVERYONE you meet will be really wealthy--whether they're wearing the latest Abercrombie and Fitch, or some "artsy," "unique" outfit, it's going to be really expensive (and if it's the later of those two ensembles, probably from Urban Outfitters). People will brag about being down with the real world and into punk rock music or an urban, gritty lifestyle, and then proceed to tell you how they went to a really expensive private high school, how mommy and daddy won't send them anymore money, or how when they seem someone homeless chilling on the side of the street, it freaks them out. People are completely politically apathetic. They talk about how we have to stop global warming, but NONE of them actually do anything about it, and if a small group tries to organize something eco-friendly on campus, the rest of the idiot population ****es about how its an inconvenience. Or people will be like, "help children in Africa!" and wear these "Save Darfur" t-shirts, but like hell if they know where the Sudan is or who the Janjaweed are. Everybody is all about the image of appearing like activists, but very few people actually are activists. There are so many complete and total idiots at the school, I can't even begin to explain it to you--maybe it's all their "indie" hair dye leaching into their brains. Oh, and by the way--almost everyone is white. And a lot of people are really racially ignorant. Have fun with that.
The Best Things
It's in Boston and Boston is freaking A-MAZING!!!
The Worst Things