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The tradition it's the best thing. The culture. I like that people have a sense of belonging. I would change the tuition system. I know that because of TOPS, instead of putting a tuition, on some that covers all, they break it down in 100 fees so that they can cheat the system. TOPS waves the tuition, but not the fees. This makes the life and the accounting more complicated and reduces significantly the assistantships of grad students. The school is just right, I don't think it's too big. Definitely not small. In Louisiana, people are impressed if you say that you go to LSU. Outside Louisiana... not so much. They smile and they talked about football, but they are not impressed about the academic performance here. What college town and... after the killing of the 2 Indian students in Eduard Gay... are you kidding me? I don't even leave late from office anymore!!! Rec center I guess is the only place I go from time to time and I do hang out at the bookstore for a coffee. Chimes is not bad either. Highland coffee... if you have time to kill and the weather is nice. The LSU administration is pathetic. With the money that come in because of football, they could do something for the education too. Improve the ratings. And I do know what I talk about since I have worked as an accounting student worker for some grant and I have seen first hand how money is wasted. There is no sense of responsibility or accountability in many of the departments here. And... to quote from an old saying: the fish gets spoiled starting with the head, so the upper echelons in administration... I don't even want to think about it! I do not keep track of the frivolous controversies on campus, but I do wander why the killing of 2 students inside the campus apartments didn't start any controversy. Is it because they are international, so... less than nothing in this country? There is a lot of school pride, that we have. Pride! Unusual... pleasantly unusual is the dedication with which Tiger fans come from across the state to the games with their families and manage to keep the party decent. The mascot I would say is pretty unusual. But spectacular and nice. Experience I'll always remember... hopefully my graduation! Complaints: students complain about teachers. Always. Everybody else is to blame for their poor academic performance but themselves.
Sports and the beautiful campus are the best things. If I could change one thing it would be the parking situations on campus. LSU is alittle too large but it gives you a lot of oppurtunities to meet new people and get super involved. Most of my time on campus is spent in the classrooms, the union grabbing a bite to eat or the library. School pride takes over not only campus but the entire city of Baton Rouge. It's awesome and inspiring. I'm only a sophomore but I have already had so many rememberable experiences. The Florida football game this year made me cry and I walked away from the stadium (after being there for 6 1/2 hours) without a voice from cheering.
Parking needs to improve. LSU's size feels just right. I often see people I have had classes with over the years. I also cross paths with friends regularly. People from New Orleans sometimes look down on LSU. Other than them, people do not seem to care either way. THE REVEILLE loves to stir up silly controversies whenever it came. I quit reading the campus newspaper after last semester. The stories insulted my intelligence. I would say that school pride ranges anywhere from self-loathing to some to excessive.
FOOTBALL SEASON is by far the biggest perk of being an LSU student. The whole spirit of the campus is outstanding and it sucks you in. By the time you finish with one season, you'll be a hardcore, TRUE LSU fan (if you weren't already!). It's really not as large as it seems-- you get to know people within your college (there are several colleges within LSU that house related majors) and its not too hard to meet people. There are ways to make it smaller-- GET INVOLVED, and definitely step out of your shell and talk to that kid next to you. It's definitely a college town, of course with LSU, it's pretty much a college state.. Everyone in Louisiana LOVES LSU and could probably literally bleed purple and gold. Cool places on campus-- THE LAKES. They're right on the outskirts of campus and lots of people walk or jog around them. They're a great place to just hang out and feed the ducks after a long day. "Baton Rouge Beach" is also located along the banks of the lakes. MIKE'S CAGE. Mike VI, our own personal real life tiger, has a habitat right next to the stadium. He's our good luck charm-- if you see him out, you'll have a great day/ace that test/get the job you're interviewing for. If not, better reschedule. THE FOUNTAIN-- Sit next to it and look over your notes. Located conveniently in the quad, it's a great place to focus. JOURNALISM BUILDING-- if you need to study, this is a great place to do it. It's usually quiet and filled with plenty of seating.
The best thing about LSU has to be the tradition and the football games. I don't think I could come up with one thing to change. It's a big school and big campus, but not as overwhelming as you would think. Having recently won the BCS National Championship, people's reactions about me going to LSU are usually pretty positive. I spend most of my time on campus in class; besides that, I don't really study on campus or eat on campus. Baton Rouge is definitely a college town. Life in this city centers around sports, drinking, and tradition. No matter where you look, whether it is on stores' signs, banners, t-shirts, advertisements, etc. there is a huge display of school pride. An unusual thing about LSU would probably be the way we tailgate. Having students from other colleges come visit for games, we usually notice their eyes getting wider and wider at our customs on gameday. I'll always remember the food (boudin, crawfish, jambalaya, etc.), the football games, the crazy nights, and the unity of the student body.
I think the best thing about LSU is that there is no way you can't meet someone new and different. There is such a wide variety of people that it is impossible to at least see them. One thing I would change though is that I would fix up the Art buildings. They are old and decrepit as are several other facilities on campus. As for size, it is just right. LSU isn't ridiculously huge nor too small. When I say I go to LSU, they usually just say "Go Tigers!" I spend most of my time running around campus for classes and hanging out with people. Baton Rouge, is the definition of College Town. There are apartments and condos everywhere. Also, the businesses all have LSU colors in their windows and most businesses caters to students. LSU administration needs to remember academics some more and not place too much emphasis on athletics. I am personally disappointed in the way they only upgrade the business and engineering programs and forgets the arts. The biggest controversy is safety on campus. They are currently working on improvements though. School Pride? All I can say is watch one football game. The unusual thing about LSU is that no matter how much you are not into football, everyone here cheers it on. One experience I will always remember the RHA block parties and meeting new people every year. Most of student complaints are that the facilities need improvement.
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