- Class: Junior
- Major: History
- Gender: F
- High School: St. Francis Prep
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Stonybrook is the opportunities that are presented to the students. Being involved in biology research, I have had the chance to meet so many professors who have really made great impacts in their fields. This is one of the perks of going to a research university. Honestly, I probably spend a majority of my time in the Student Union. The club that I am involved in meets there and it is good place to study. Stony Brook is really not a "college town." I really wish we were within walking distance to the main shopping areas and even the center part of town. This is probably the one thing I would like to change about Stony Brook. Without a car, I often feel very isolated. I feel that Stony Brook's administration is effecient at certain things, however the safety on campus needs to be bumped up a little. The most recent controvery was the gunman in our Studnet Activities Center. It was not handled very well and I felt uninformed. I would say that Stony Brook does not have a great about of school pride. Although at this year's homecoming, I feel it was pumped up a little bit and I felt connected to the school. I think it all depends on whether you are involved on campus and feel tied to it or not. I can't say that there is one experience I will always remember, but overall I have really enjoyed my time here and am glad I chose Stony Brook. Stduents often complain about the food, but now that I live in the apartments I can only complain about my own cooking.
Professors from my smaller history classes know my name and only some of those science professors from large 500 person classes do. I have made it a point to become involved in certain courses such as being a TA for organic chemistry and that has been a great way to get to know the professors. The students in my science classes are tremendously competitive. I feel that the academic requirements are fair, but I can see how they would be a little demanding for students who have not come in with credits from high school. The most unique class I have taken was Human Reproductive and Sexual Behavior. The entire class was based on that fact that human's are unique because of their evolved ability to throw. I feel that the History department offers a great amount of specific classes in a much smaller environment than my other science classes. I can't say that I have spent time outside of class with my professors except those that I am a TZ for and my research professor. I feel that Stonybrook is geared towards getting a job and moving on to higher education.
I am part of Catholic Campus Ministry and I feel that it does not make others feel ot of place. We hold multi- cultural events and plan events with other religious groups. I would say that Stony Brook is very diverse and many different types of students interact. I can't say that the four tables would have designated groups. Students of all different groups seem to interact. Most Stonybrook students are from Long Island and NYC. I am not sure, but it is widely said that a majority of STony Brook is asian. I don't know if the statistics correlate, but I would ahve to agree. I would say that a majority of people I have interacted with in my classes and outside are left, but I don't know the exact statistics. I haven't really heard anyone discuss their future pay.
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