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Having lived on the west coast in the suburbs my whole life, it was quite a change coming to new york city. But if you're a big fan of NYC, itÕs definitely worth spending four years here, and the dorms are nicer than any apartment youÕll find in the city (you have a kitchen and a living room). Also, I can only speak for the Lincoln Center Campus here....the school is divided between two campuses so I really don't know much about the other one. Basically, donÕt come here if youÕre looking for the typical college experience. If youÕre not from the tri-state area know what youÕre getting into before you come to the city. YouÕll have a lot more responsibilities than most college students, but also a lot more freedom. Prepare to learn how to be an adult and do things for yourself, because if you want the support group atmosphere of most college social scenes you can forget it. If youÕre coming from far way (like I did) you better be independent and mature because no oneÕs going to hold your hand and baby you into doing stuff. You gotta learn how to manage money and stuff, too. I learned that pretty early. Overall itÕs a good experience, I feel like IÕve become a stronger person academically and emotionally. ItÕs like they say, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, If New York City doesnÕt kick your***nowhere will. Except maybe like Detroit. I hear Detroit kicks peoples asses.
Fordham is great because it's so close to NYC, but is still very much a closed campus.-- I would certainly change the cafeteria, but it's not unbearable, just kind of boring. Also, I hate the "Ram Van" (a shuttle service between the Bronx and Manhattan campus) because it allows people to be afraid of the subway. -- When I tell people that I go to Fordham, people usually comment that they think it's a good school, not great, but good.-- Mostly, I hang out in my dorm/other people's dorms or at the pizza place right of campus, Pugsley's. -- It's certainly not a college town, in fact, the neighborhood often is not a huge fan of ours.-- Biggest recent controversy: Ghostface Killah was the best band they could get at Spring Weekend and everyone knows that it was a certain administrators fault. The administration is pretty good, except that some of those in Student Activities don't seem passionate about their job and it shows in their performance. -- People love going to Fordham, but there is not that much pride in Sports teams.-- Biggest student complaints: cafeteria.
On the whole, I had an absolutely fantastic freshman year at Fordham. I lived in Hughes Hall which is looked down upon in some respects because the facilities are not as good as the other freshman dorms of North and South, but the people I met there the first day became a great group of friends I carried with me throughout the entire year. Part of this I think was also achieved by the Orientation Fordham provided. Coming from the Northeast myself, it was not much of an adjustment overall since most are from the Northeast/Midatlantic but I met a wide variety of people who really showed me alot about life outside my own little bubble. It gave me some interesting perspective for sure.
Fordham Lincoln Center is a weird place. You have two options: Live in the dorms or off campus and this severely changes the way you experience the school. When you live in the dorms you can go a little crazy. There are about 10 floors of dorms in one building so you are stuck with everyone. Also the dorms are connected to the classroom building so it can get a little clautraphobic. Some people don't go outside for days or weeks at a time, which creates a kind of stressful environment. If you don't live in the dorms however it can be difficult to get a "college experience". Because you are in Manhattan, there is little reason to stay around school if you don't live there.
The best thing about Fordham is its location. While it is in the Bronx, it is incredibly close to the city; students have easy access to major cultural and learning centers etc. Population wise, Fordham is just right. You see new faces every day, but classes are still a reasonable size. People are often impressed when I tell them I go to Fordham; some replies I get are: "Wow, great school!"; "It must be tough!" etc.
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