- Class: Junior
- Major: Music
- Gender: M
- High School: Ringgold High School
- Transfer Student: N
Apart from all of the construction that is going on at IUP right now, I believe we have one of the best campuses around. It's easy to navigate and the Oak Grove is a quiet place to spend some time hanging out or studying. It may be a little bigger than some people like, but for me, it's perfect. If I could change anything right now, it'd be the construction. There's a little too much, but most of it should be over soon. IUP is in Indiana, PA and it is a college town. I, however, do not think this is bad. There are many small restaurants of different ethnicities on Philly Street as well as many other places to visit. When I tell people I go to IUP, they sometimes end up laughing at me. I was salutatorian in high school, and people thought that I was "too smart" to go to IUP. I just tell them that the stereotypes that they hear about it aren't always right, and that I really enjoy being a part of the music department. The biggest recent controversy on campus was probably chaning the school mascot to the Crimson Hawks. A lot of alumni were not very happy about this, but the current students have seemed to embraced it because there are new tshirts and sweatshirts and other clothing all around campus.
Being in the music department, we have very small classes. When I register on URSA, I can usually see that they are usually capped somewhere around 15, so all of my professors in the music department have always known my name. I am also in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, and my Core professors have also known my name, and I feel comfortable speaking with any of these professors about almost anything. Liberal Studies classes, however, it depends on what class it is. My Research Writing professor knew my entire class by name because it was not very large, but my Oceans and Atmospheres professor did not because our class was nearly quadruple the size. I believe that the academic requirements that are expected of my at IUP are not always challenging when it comes to things outside my department or the honors college. However, those requirements within my major are definitely helping to prepare me for my career.
Although I do not belong to any kind of group that is not related to the music department, I can see throughout campus on banners and on the sidewalk that there are many different welcoming groups such as Cru, a LGBT group, and different ethnic groups. I don't think anyone would feel out of place at IUP because of the wide variety of different people. I can see that sometimes there are cliques on campus, but I feel that everyone gets along with each other.
The Best Things
My studio professor.
The Worst Things