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Monmouth is a place where you create many chapters in your life. Each year as a student represents a chapter. I could not have had any better of an experience thus far. The first day of Freshman year is a day where you do not know what you are getting into. You just take a chance and go with it. Monmouth is a place where you feel comfortable taking a risk and shoot for the stars. It is a place that allows you to learn who you are, find yourself and along that journey you create lasting friendships. New friendships are made every year and no one is afraid to talk to the person next to them. It is a place where you can have as many friendships as you want and take part in anything you are interested in. No one will turn you away or look the other way. That's the best thing about Monmouth, it allows you to be who you want to be and there is no one stopping you. It is a place that makes you feel like your at home!
Monmouth is a great school in a great area in West Long Branch, New Jersey. In one direction is the beach and a bunch of boutique shops. In the other direction is tons of restaurants, the mall, the movies, Target, and anything else that a college student would need. Monmouth's academic programs are amazing, with a great curriculum and professors that are always willing to help. One thing that I would change about Monmouth is that it should be located near a Wawa. Coming from central Jersey, it was hard to adjust to college life without Wawa subs and coffee! Monmouth is also has a small enough community where students don't get lost in the shuffle. At Monmouth, there are 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, so you really get to know everybody. When I tell people that I go to Monmouth University, the reaction that I usually get is, "GOOD FOR YOU!!!" It makes me feel great that people recognize my school and the hard work that I do. I spend most of my time on campus in my dorm, my friends' dorms, and the dining hall. Although classes take up a lot of time during the week, when I'm not in class, I like to just hang around campus with friends. I think that the Monmouth administration does a lot of work but, as with anything in life, they could be better. I think that the biggest controversy on campus is the housing process. Housing is done by a lottery system, which is extremely stressful on students and causes many problems. I, as well as many others, feel that housing should be distributed based on GPA or on a first come, first serve basis. A fun, and unusual fact, about Monmouth is that the movie "Annie" was filmed there, in Wilson Hall, the center of campus. Wilson Hall was Daddy Warbucks's mansion in the movie. Also, Wilson Hall was the summer home for President Woodrow Wilson during his second campaign in office. Also, Woodrow Wilson's pets, Girlie and Fluffy, are buried out by the well that is located on campus. I feel honored to be able to walk on a campus with so much history. The most frequent student complaints are that academic advisors do not know what they are talking about; they usually end up hurting students rather than helping them. Word has gotten around that advisors have not had any formal training, which creates a serious problem when students need help making schedules and graduation plans.
The school is located a mile from the beach so that has a big influence on why a lot of people come here. The beach is amazing and it is such a great place to hang out when its warm out or even fun to go to in the winter when its snowing. I think the school is just the right size ... not too big so no one knows you, but big enough that it's not just a repeat of your high school. Most people call Monmouth a "country club college" and they pretty much think you sound spoiled because it is a pretty pricey private university. Monmouth isn't exactly known for its party scene but there's usually something going on once you make some friends. When you're in the dorms it's fun to hang out with the people in your building but usually by sophmore year a lot of people get off campus housing and thats where everyone usually ends up. Monmouth has a lot of really great professors that take the time to get to know you and most are extremely helpful. There's always going to be a few rotten eggs but the majority of my professors have been nothing but helpful. All in all I love going to Monmouth and I absolutely would never transfer and I'm so sad that I'm already halfway done! :(
I love almost everything about Monmouth. I applied to 33 schools and decided to come here, so I think that says something for the school. I fell like there is always either a person or an entire department to answer any question you might have. The professors here want you to succeed, and the students here want to be your friends.
When I first came to Monmouth it was a little harder to make friends. Most kids were like me but for some reason I didn't hit it off with them. I ended up going home almost every weekend of my first semester freshman year. Then, in the spring I decided to pledge a fraternity - Sigma Pi. At first I didn't think I would like it because I didn't think I was a "frat guy". I even finished up the pledge process, got in, and still didn't think it was for me, but then in my sophomore year everything changed. I actually took a step forward and decided to get more active in the fraternity; give it a real shot. That decision ended up being the best one I ever made at Monmouth University. I started taking positions in my fraternity, running events, and this eventually led me to being elected President for the 2007 school year. I ended up learning that Sigma Pi was not the prototypical "frat" but was actually a fraternity. A fraternity that changed my life for the better. Not only did it help shape me as individual but it taught me about leadership, decision-making, delegating and much more. Sigma Pi always strives to uphold its standards and ideals through many community service/outreach programs, which is why it was such a great fraternity to join. Outside of Sigma Pi, Greek Life here at Monmouth is a pretty big deal. Monmouth itself is a tight-knit community but Greek Life is its own community inside Monmouth University. All the Greeks know each other and host many different events on campus. They also are most heavily involved in extracurricular activities as most Greeks are heads of other respective organizations such as SGA and the Senior Class Executive Board. The one thing I wish Monmouth had more of is school spirit. Monmouth is a Division I school but no one seems to notice. Our men's basketball team has made the NCAA tournament 3 out of the last 7 years. Everyone of course goes to those games but no one seems to make it out the regular season games which is a little discouraging. I always see these big-time schools with their fight chants and huge school spirit, and I look at Monmouth and there is barely any of that. I just think if we had a better school spirit it would enhance everyone's collegiate experience a little more. Monmouth isn't really apart of a college town persay, but it's not like it resides in a desolate area. There are tons of things to do around Monmouth's campus. There is West End which is great for 21 year olds because there are multiple bars on the road that students can hop to and from on any given night. Most importantly, the most distinguised (AND BEST) bar is located on West End and that is Jack's Goal Line Stand. Anyone who's anyone that goes to Monmouth knows about Jack's. It is the Monmouth Bar and it deserves to be. It's great food, great prices, and just prestigious, laid-back atmosphere make it the place to go. Also, outside of the bars there is the Monmouth Mall which is less than 4 miles away from campus. There's Nelly's which is a great, late-night spot for some of the best college food around. And finally, Monmouth's kind of only a half a mile from the beach which is needless to say, awesome. All-in-all as I look back at my time I Monmouth I enjoyed it so very much. I mean, yeah, some of the kids are a bit stuck up and judgemental but once you get passed that little annoyance you really can enjoy yourself. The professors are great and really care about you. They even take time out to learn your first name which I always thought was pretty cool, and you're more than just a number here at Monmouth, you actually matter to your professors and what not. You're NOT just a name on a class roster. The classes are not that tough, just make sure you study and get your work done and you'll be fine. And most importantly...HAVE FUN! Your 4 years go by so quick, enjoy every second.
Monmouth is a small campus that you can walk from the one side of campus to the other in about 10-15 min. Its a beautiful campus though..they really keep it looking nice. Its exciting because they are building the new MAC center which is going to host the new basketball stadium. This MAC center will look like the new fitness/activity centers that many of the bigger schools and other schools have recently built. Living on campus is not guarenteed for freshman, but i think they are trying to. The resident side is split by and underpath from the rest of the campus. All the dorm buildings are right by eachother so it is easy to go visit a friend in another building. From what i have seen, Monmouth seems to be becoming more popular. When I tell people I go to Monmouh, most people have heard of it. One of the biggest problems though, is it is not really a college town. Outside of the campus is a residential area..and the residents are not always thrilled that they have college students as neighbors. So when you live off campus ( which will most likely happen because housing is limited for upperclassmen) you have to be careful of your neighbors.
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