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AN HONEST MALE ANALYSIS -READ THIS- SMU is badass. The other schools I applied to were all in the top 30, and I'm pretty glad I didn't get into them. Just about everything about this school is amazing, but we do fall short in some aspects. The campus is gorgeous, and so are a significant majority of the women. Sometimes its difficult to find the right balance between looks and personality while keeping common sense, but they're definitely around. It's a small school though, so if you're hoping to sleep around with all of them, it won't work for various reasons. The football is in recovery; I had huge hope last season and it sucked. Most people tailgate and then go back to watch their home teams... games can get pretty empty, but we're still hoping to turn that around (think 2011ish). Dallas is really cool, parts of it are trendy. If you don't like to put on the occasional suit when you go do something nice/collared shirts even around campus sometimes the atmosphere may not be right for you. It's not a super liberal college. Social life is sick though. Greek life is huge around here, those not involved may or may not do too much socially. Greek life guarantees you not only a large loyal following, but a lot of members of the opposite sex wondering what your doing each night too: it's fun. Remember that SMU contains a lot of going out, if you fall into that category, it'll be great fun for you, and if you don't, congratulations b/c you have the advantage over your hung-over peers that got drunk rather than an early start on their paper. Administration can be a bunch of ***s sometimes and it can even seem like they're anti-student but if you're lucky you don't get incredibly involved with them. I feel like the top dogs aren't too bad, but everybody under them is.
SMU was the perfect choice for me! I may not fit in with the stereotype, but I have definitely found my niche. I love boulevarding before football games, working in the science lab, and participating in my sorority. The party scene is available when desired, but I think most students find a good balance between work and fun.
I think the size of our school is great because you can actually see people you know on campus, but at the same time there are 10,000 people on campus you can always meet someone new. SMU is right in highland park but it gives you complete access to downtown Dallas without having to actually be downtown. there's pretty much anything you could possibly need right around campus. our biggest controversy recently was the drug task force that took place after 3 of our students died last year. there are drugs and alcohol on our campus just like everywhere else, but i honestly don't believe its more than anywhere else, our school just wants to actually do something about it but most people think nothing will really be accomplished by that. people are proud to go to SMU, it's a great school.
SMU has great resources, its a beautiful campus and its small enough that you will know a large part of the student body (if you choose to get involved). You run into the teachers you had two years ago, and they still remember you! College is what you want it to be, and SMU is a great place to make it a small and freindly community!
I think that there are many students at this school who are down to earth and real. Unfortunately there are so many students who are snobby and fake that the real people have to pretend to be fake. I think that if more students stood up for themselves and didn't conform to peer pressure than our school would be much more welcoming and open. The school spirit is a little low because we do not have a good football team. We have a incredible soccer team that is always 1 or 2 in the nation but no one even goes to the games. There is always a ton of controversy on our campus from the Bush library which is coming to our campus or the recent deaths from drugs and alchohol. One reason people make such a big deal about things is because there parents have money, are white and can afford to sue the school and everyone else. I will always remember the beautiful campus, the cool teachers (the small class size is pretty amazing) and my friends.
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