- Class: Junior
- Major: Journalism
- Gender: F
- High School: Southwick-Tolland Regional High School
- Transfer Student: N
Hofstra's atmosphere is probably what drew me in the most. Being a mid-sized school (app. 8,000 undergrad) it has the resources of a large university and the community of a smaller college. The campus is beautiful, but it's not a campus bubble. I mean, you don't feel like you're stuck on campus for four years. Internships are encouraged (if not required) and the school takes advantage of the proximity to NYC just as much as the students do. There are PLENTY of things to do in the area, and I'm still just barely getting a taste of the stuff the whole Island has to offer after three years here. And it's still a young school. Hofstra's less than 100 years old and is really building up it's reputation among some of the larger more well-known universities.
The thing I hated about high school was that I didn't feel like I was learning towards anything. My classes here make me feel like I'm learning to be a better person IN MY CAREER when I leave. I've had some awesomely small classes and the professors always manage to learn your name within a week or two. They're also required to have office hours so you can go and get a paper looked at, just chat about class topics, or eventually solicit recommendations. Being a liberal arts school there's a solid amount of core education, but with soooooooo many options for classes it's never boring. I HATE science, so for a science requirement I took Biology in Society, which related to current social and medical events. A million times more relative to what I was really interested in.
Diverse, active, dynamic, sometimes a little crazy, pick a buzzword for college students and we've got it. I can't think of anyone that couldn't find something or someone they really related to and could get involved with here. College is probably 65% what you put into it, and the students put a LOT into school. We have 140 clubs and organizations, with an incredibly active Student Government (real debates and elections etc). Plus, with the combination of local and not-so-local students, we get a really great mix of kids.
The Best Things
The feel of campus in the Spring
The Worst Things
The process it takes to get paperwork done