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The best thing about SFSU are the random sleeping/resting spots, the greenery, the public piano rooms, the lounges and computer labs. I spend time randomly when on campus, apart from being in class. The biggest recent controversy are the budget cuts. That's all I've been hearing about this semester. The most frequent complaints I hear are either about certain professors who irk the students, or that everything is expensive and becoming more expensive.
Like any college, SFSU has its good and bad points. Good points: 1. Student population is friendly 2. Easily accessible by public transportation 3. Affordable (compared to UCs and private schools) 4. Helpful student organizations 5. On-campus recruiting for jobs 6. Student center that offers a lot of conveniences, such as ATMs from a variety of banks and several cafeteria options 7. San Francisco is a recognizable/respectable name to put on your resume Bad points: 1. Classes are hard to get/fill up quickly 2. Students can only sign up for 8 units (2 core classes) during priority registration 3. Registration order is unfair (Seniors, Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores; it should be Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen) 4. Teacher aides may grade inconsistently 5. Library facilities could be updated 6. Teachers are knowledgable but often do not seem to care about their students doing well
unfortunately we are a commuter school. Students are generally juggling school, work and families, so the typical college town feel is not there. Once I tell people I go to SFSU, its usually accompanied by ohh so and so goes there. Everyone knows someone or other which attends our school. The hard part is catching them while they are on campus. I am usually on campus just for the duration of classes, marketing meetings and any group meetings. Otherwise I choose to do all my studying off campus.
What SFSU is like. If you merely walk around the campus and through the buildings you will realize that it is rather small and that the buildings are rather old. But if you take a second look, you notice there is a lot of character. From the people walking around to the chalk writings on the concrete. You discover new places and things all the time. Recently we had a student walk out in response to the tuition hikes again. This is the second one I have witnessed. Students gather and rally together to protest against the continuous increase in tuition costs at SFSU and lack of improvement. We pay extra every year and classes are being cut at a rapid pace.
I love walking around campus and seeing every kind of face. I think the diversity (and it's also one of styles and personalities! Just look around...)at SFSU is something every school should strive for. I think the campus is a perfect size as long as it doesn't keep adding students with no classrooms to fit them in. I think it's very easy to grow to love the school and campus environment...when it's a nice day and everyone's out on the quad, sprinkled all over the campus, it's an awesome thing to see. I've learned recently what kind of political history our school has and that's something that I'm really proud of. SFSU is definitely not a college town and I think that becomes a deal breaker for people, so to speak. THe fact that people are coming from so many different places and are many times going to school to get on BART and commute an hour or more home, it makes it harder to make connections with other students who have opposite schedules and priorities closer to campus. There is so much diversity but a lack of more meshing together.
Location! Location! Location! SFSU is a microcosm of San Francisco...large but entirely manageable and filled with all different kinds of interesting people. Most people hear "San Francisco" when I tell them I go to SFSU. The city is supportive of the school, but has far too much going on to be considered a "college town". It is a large state school, but everything for me has always run smoothly. I mostly just hang out at the Cafe by the Humanities building talking to people and drinking my espresso. We are a low key student body. We like our school, but we're not going to be obnoxious about it. Last year, there were some student walk outs to support the faculty in their negotiations with CSU, and even that wasn't too crazy. Protests? All in a days work. I don't know what people complain about in regards to school...usually when I hear someone ****ing it is personal.
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