- Major: Engineering
- Gender: F
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Lehigh is that everyone is part of such a community. I recognize enough faces walking to class that I feel at home, but not so many that I feel like I know everyone. One thing I would change is the administration's attitude towards Greek life. I am not Greek, but sometimes they can be a bit harsh. The fact that fraternities are routinely kicked off the Hill is absurd, excepting when that motion is merited, which, as far as I can tell, it is not always. When I tell people I go to Lehigh, most people ask if I'm an engineering major. I am, but that's not really fair to ask. Lehigh's business school is also amazing, and although most everyone calls the arts and sciences college the "College of Arts and Crafts," it is also amazing. When on campus, I spend most of my time in Hawk's Nest (a late-night eatery on campus) or in the library. I spend a lot of time in my dorm room too, but the hallways are always bubbling with something going on, so it's not like I feel locked up. Lehigh's administration is good, for the most part. Sometimes it is a bit harsh in dealing with Greek life, but it is usually good. Most administrative department are really friendly and willing to help you out, even if that means bending the rules a bit. Things are pretty relaxed. The biggest recent controversy was the thievery of the waffle iron from Rathbone. I'm told it was part of a pledge event for one of the fraternities. The staff at Rathbone had a minor panic and tightened up security for a few days, but that was it. I think they're buying a new waffle iron sometime soon. Lehigh has TONS of school pride. People are constantly wearing their brown and white and people love talking to tour groups about how awesome Lehigh is. The rivalry with Lafayette is also pretty intense and most athletic events are well attended. Lehigh is very unusual because it is built on a mountain. Many aspects of life here are somewhat different because of this. For instance, kegs are banned on campus because some fraternities used to roll them down the hill and make pledges jump over them. You also try not to go back to your dorm more than once during the day because most of them are uphill. You also get used to the fact that almost every building here is built into a mountain. So, you generally enter a building in the front on the first floor and exit out the back on the third floor. There's also a bus that takes people up the hill. The hill is a good thing though. Everyone here is in pretty good shape from hiking to and from class every day.
In the big introductory lectures, professors don't know your name unless they've seen you in office hours. But beyond that, all my professors make a real effort to learn names. I haven't had a bad teacher here yet. I've had some really awesome ones and some average ones. My favorite class was my Calculus II class last semester. The professor was hilarious and very approachable, as most here are. I've never had a professor that was too busy to meet with students. Class participation is pretty common. Most Lehigh students are smart and know it, not necessarily in an egotistic kind of way, and try to show that they want to be here. Lehigh students don't have that many intellectual discussions and that might be one of my complaints. It all depends on who you hang out with though. I have some friends that have intellectual discussions all the time. Students are competitive, but not cutthroat. Everyone wants to do well but no one is out to beat someone else. Professors are given a budget to take students to lunch. Many use it, but not all. Nonetheless, students and professors spend time together outside of class. Professors are very willing to just sit down and have a conversation with you. One of my professors once spent an hour telling me about his nieces, nephews and grandkids. He just got sidetracked from whatever I had asked him about. Professors here are great. I would say Lehigh mostly prepares you for a job, but they prepare you to blow your future employer out of the water with how much you know and how many things you are good at. You learn for the sake of learning, but also so you can do well in your career.
I come across a lot of different groups on campus and everyone is really accepting and open. I can't think of a student that would feel out of place here. We have people of every shape, size, color, and orientation. Most students wear sweats or jeans and a t-shirt to class, as well as Uggs, if they are female and it is currently colder than 50 degrees outside. Almost everyone is really casual, but there are still some people who dress up a bit more. One of the four tables would be athletes. One would be musicians and thespians. One would be female engineers, and the last one would be the craziest of the craziest frat brothers. They all get along though. Some people would sit at a different table every day.
The Best Things
Everyone is happy they are there
The Worst Things
Big lectures where professors don't know you