- Class: Junior
- Major: Engineering
- Gender: F
- High School: Lee's Summit High School
- Transfer Student: N
The campus is pretty small; it's nice to be able to walk across campus, and the trees and gardens always look really nice. There isn't much to do while on campus besides go to class, but there is an awesome park close by, and the dorms have some sand volleyball courts and a swimming pool. The food is awful, but the town caters well to the college student's income; there are plenty of fast food places and more chinese restaurants than you could imagine. There really isn't much school pride as far as athletics goes. as a member of the dance team i can tell you that i perform for a very unenthusiastic crowd at both football and basketball games. despite the lack of enthusiasm by most students, our sports teams are actually pretty good; girls basketball made it to the sweet sixteen this year. the school is mostly focused on academics. when people hear that i go to Missouri S&T they are always impressed. everyone who graduates from this school gets a good job; employers seek graduates from this school because they know that we are hardworking and dedicated. classes are hard, but do-able. The biggest thing on campus is the St. Pats celebration every year. we get 2 days off of school to drink and act rediculous in celebration of the patron saint of engineering. EVERYONE at Missouri S&T celebrates St. Pats. one complaint: the math department sucks. take math classes at columbia college here in rolla if you can.
The first couple of semesters class sizes are pretty big, probably around 100-150 people. as you split off into your major classes things are more interesting and class sizes dramatically decrease. My favorite class this past semester was Architecural Design because i finally got to learn about designing and constructing buildings, which is what i want to do when i graduate. my least favorite class was differential equations. as i said before, our math department sucks, and there is no applications for diff eq in my major (or probably any major for that matter). generally anyone who goes to this school is an intelligent person. if you aren't smart enough then you will end up transferring to an easier school. students are very competitive. Missouri S&T prepares you for your career and pushes you to the limit as far as challenging you academically.
For a school that contains mainly white males, there are really a lot of groups on campus for minorities. to name a few that i know of, we have the DeVinci Society, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Black Engineers, Christian Campus Fellowship, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. there is a group for pretty much anyone, and i doubt that you wouldn't be able to find a clique here. There are all kinds of ethnicities and religions here. Most people are extremely casual in class. it is not unusual for a person to literally roll out of bed and go to class. no one really dresses up at Missouri S&T, especially girls. if you are a girl and you dress up then you are just asking to get hit on. it seems like most people are from within 150 miles of Rolla-the St. Louis area mostly, but there are a fair share of international students from all over the world.
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