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the school is pretty small, but i feel that it's the perfect size. when i tell people i go to samford, they usually say "STANFORD?!?? good for you!!" :) when i'm not in class, i'm mingling or sitting at the ben brown plaza, a central place outside with a nice fountain and benches (everyone passes by there, and lots of people hang out between classes...sometimes during classes too). birmingham has several schools (UAB, birmingham southern, and some community colleges) in addition to samford, but it's NOT a college town. i feel that it's a young professional kind of town. people aren't obsessed with samford sports, but there's definitely school pride. people like taking advantage of campus safety, which is sometimes sad, but mostly a little bit funny. they jump in the fountains, climb all the buildings on campus, and try to get away with some goofy pranks. always fun... samford has a great spirit to it...awesome people. some downers, but they usually transfer. i have met my best friends here. maybe i'm being so optimistic because i'm graduating and feeling like i miss it already.
Samford is the best university in Alabama (in my opinion). If you tell someone you're a student here (at least for me), they'll think you're disciplined, motivated, and very smart to be here and remain here in good standing. It's challenging academically, but well worth it. The size of the school and classes are just right; the people are usually friendly, and the town itself is bustling. You can find plenty to do.
The best thing about Samford is that it actually IS a real Christian university. There are many colleges in this country that are Christian in name only and allow their students to engage in open debauchery. Samford is different. If you want to know what I mean, spend a weeknight at Samford and then spend a weeknight at another campus. There is a world of difference. The administration here means business when it says no drugs, no alcohol, and no sex. Some students may go off campus or sneak around to do these things but it's not something that you have to see if you don't want to. Futhermore, Samford has an unusually high concentration of genuinely good people that I have never seen at any institution. The faculty is nice, the student body is friendly and there is real Christian atmosphere here. It is the kind of place where if you see someone and say, "Hi," he or she says "Hi" back and smiles. Oh, and by the way, we have one of the most beautiful campuses in the entire Southeast.
CHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN CHRISTIAN, and more Christian. The school is a private southern Baptist school which I understand but it seems as though no one even tries to think for themselves. Instead of using this first opportunity of freedom to question the crap that these people had been force fed their entire lives they just continue to blindly accept life exactly as their upper class parents told them. If you are very wealth, christian, closed minded, and don't mind the school not allowing people of the opposite sex in your dorm but for 2 hours per week, then Samford is perfect for you. Before you can graduate from Samford you will become very familiar with Convocation. Every Tuesday and Thursday the entire campuss shuts down (no classes held) and the majority of the underclassmen will attend convocation which is just like church. The university will have speakers come from all over the country and each will give a lecture on any given topic. Every so often on speaker will make some sense, speaking about acceptacne or equality to all people but most of the time these speakers are ignored by the students. All students are required to attend convocation 58 times before they can graduate.
The best thing about Samford is the sense of community that you get. Even though, there are at least 3,000 or more students, I still felt like an individual and every teacher knew me by name, including the president of Samford. Having this close relationships to faculty, staff, and students has been very important in the development of my future. Besides the sense of community, Samford's architecture and landscapes will captivate you. It was a pleasure to walk to classes because everywhere you looked, no matter what time of the year, the grass looked always green enhancing the beautiful architecture that characterizes Samford. Such beauty would put me in a good mood, especially when I saw people laying on the "quad" (university quadrangle) and playing like little kids with ropes, balls, or freesbees. Another thing that characterizes Samford are its traditions. I loved Homecoming weekend, Step Sing, midninght yells during finals, talking to the statue of Mister Beeson, Crawfish Boil, the Beeson Ball, the Lighting of the Way, etc. . . . It is hard to describe this place, but there is something magical about it that you are just going to have to experience by yourself.
Samford is the perfect school for someone who wants to live inside a bubble. Not a lot of students know what is going on in the world. Its small enough to where you know a few people heading to class but not to where people are all up in your business. Samford isn't very well known outside the southeast; most people think I'm refering to Stanford. B'ham itself isn't that bad... although it can be pretty sketchy at night. People probably complain the most about visitation.
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