- Class: Junior
- Major: Other
- Gender: F
- High School: Old Mill
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about JMU is the people, most of the students and faculty here are very friendly and eager to help and serve others. We show that in a variety of ways, from holding doors to giving away free alcohol. We are also very involved, there are hundreds of organizations and everyone finds their niche. If I could change one thing, I would make it so it was illegal to smoke on campus. JMU is the perfect size, it is not too small, you don't know EVERYONE, not EVERYONE knows your business, but you still see someone you know every where you go. When I tell people I got to JMU, I usually get a good response, that they've heard good things. Occasionally people tell me what a party school it is, and I simply say it's like any other college, and I don't drink, if that says anything. I spend most of my time on campus in academic buidlings such as ISAT, if not academic buildings, eating! If not eating, in the SafeRides office. College town, Harrisonburg wouldn't be much without JMU, although there are lots of unknown secrets! JMU has pretty good administration, students have a lot of say, it feels like a student-run campus. We have some great administators that are so personable, and others you barely see. The biggest recent controversy on campus was probably title 9, last year when they got rid of a lot of male sports to be proportionate to our female, male ration. We have a ton of school pride! Purple and gold is everywhere, lots of people go out to the football games, nobody cares who we are compared to or if other schools think they are better, we are outstanding students who stay classy. Lots of things are unusual about JMU, we are the only school to have a main road, a railroad, and a highway run through our campus! It's unusual to go to a party and not have to pay for alcohol apparently, we have an unusual design to our campus, with buildings that are classic bluestone, traditional red brick, and modern white brick. One experience I'll always remember is mudsliding down a hill in front of my dorm freshman year, good times! The most frequent complaints will be about the expansion of our campus, some don't think it should get any bigger because it's perfect!
Some professors know my name, most don't, there are could be anywhere from 4 to 150 people in a class. My favorite class is anatomy, my teach is animated and personable, she tries to make everything relate to us. I don't have a least favorite class this semester, but last semester it was Children's Language, my professor was awful! Students study an average amount. Like any college student, most procrastinate, I'm the worst, I barely ever study and when I do I procrastinate to last minute so there's not much time to study. Class participation is common, especially if you are in a class that focuses on discussion and a teacher who wants student feedback. JMU students do have intellectual conversations outside of class, and better yet they take what they learn and they apply it. A friend of mine just lead a Uganda awareness week, it was amazing to me all that she had done. Students can be pretty competitive, but we're not so intense that we're obnoxious. We know we're not perfect, we know we're not always the best, we aren't in class to do better than everyone, we have realistic perspectives. I haven't taken too many unique classes but I look forward to taking a leadership class and a military science class. My major is Communications Sciences and Disorders, I aspire to be a speech-language pathologist. The department is ok, sometimes a little frustrating. It is not a huge major so most classes are only offered at one time. I do not spend a lot of time outside of class with professors but I know lots of people who do. I have mixed feelings about JMU's academic requirements. I have different opinions about the general education program. I feel like most of the requirements should be more of optional for those students who are undecided. I feel it is unnecessary to have so many general education requirements that are similar to high school subjects. The education at JMU is geared toward both getting a job and learning, your major courses really prepare you to get a job in that field. Gen Eds and electives are mostly for the sake of learning and making you a more well rounded person.
I do not have much experience with those groups, but I know they are very active and do great things to make everyone feel welcome. I don't think there are kinds of students that would feel out of place at JMU, everyone finds their place. Students wear a variety of things to class, there are many students who always dress nicely, as in jeans and nice top or in the spring a skirt. There are some students who dress much more casually in a hoodie or t-shirt. There are also students who go to 8ams in pj's. Different types of students do interact, but like in any community there are cliques that stay together. Four tables of students in the dining hall could all be different, there's no way to describe them, they could be all girls, all boys, a mix, they could be different organizations, different years. There are not set cliques that you see everywhere. JMU students are mostly from the east coast, lots from Virginia and north of VA, not many from south or west. Financial backgrounds that are most prevalent are probably middle to upper class. Students are politically aware, we have young republicans and democrats and most people take a stance. There is a good mix of left, right, and center. Students don't really talk about how much they'll earn one day, most students are where they are because they want to be.
The Best Things
The awesome people
The Worst Things
The random smell of dog food from local farms once in awhile