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I absolutely loved my 4 years at Temple. In fact, I wish I went for 5! Overall, I had a wonderful experience, made best friends, and learned a lot (both in and out of the classroom). A fantastic thing about Temple is that it is located in Philadelphia. Going to school in a major city gave me so many opportunities that my friends at rural/suburban colleges didn't have. For example: the social scene (bars/restaurants), professional sporting events, and great internship opportunities. On campus, my friends and I hung out a lot on Liacouras walk in between classes. for school purposes, i spent a lot of time in Tuttlemen and the Tech center (After it was built during my senior year). I loved going to a very large school. I went to a fairly large high school (about 2500 kids) and I knew I wanted to go to a school much larger than that. Even though Temple has a ton of students, I honestly felt like it was a smaller community, and was constantly surprised to find out that some of my friends knew other friends of mine, etc. Some great memories I have from Temple are: attending basketball games, Spring Fling, house parties, bars that accept Diamond Dollars, working at Rec Services, and just making fantastic friends.
Great campus life-perfect size. Very diverse, many different cultures integrated in one school. Great education for an affordable price.
Temple is a great school. The location is very key as to what there is to do in the city, since most things are only a subway ride and/or short walk away. The administration is very good, and they handle problems well. There was an incident of anti-Semitism on campus recently, and the administration wasted no time in handling it and reassuring students that it wouldn't happen again. Personally, I spend a lot of time either on the track or running off-campus. But, when I'm around, I hang out on the main walk, or in my fraternity house. The thing that most people remember is Spring Fling, because it is always just one giant party that everyone on campus attends and hangs out together.
It's a small campus, ugly, and there's not a lot to do (though that is changing rapidly). But the great part is, none of that matters because you're just a few subway stops away from the heart of Philadelphia. If college is a place to experience something new, then there's no better hands-on teacher than living in one of the country's biggest cities. It's no wonder most of my best memories take place off campus. I don't like to speak for anyone else, because there were plenty of people that did love Temple, for various reasons. It's an enormous school, so one is never lacking for new people to meet. The new administration seems keen on expanding, and in the last few years a number of great additions have been built - a movie theater, a 24-hour tech center, restaurants, etc. There's a lot of school pride, in a self-deprecating way. All the other local schools are private, so Temple students pride themselves on being the "ghetto" college in Philadelphia. We take pride in telling the rich kids from the other area schools that we're from Temple. Plus our basketball team is historically pretty good, so that's another source of pride. The most frequent complaint is boredom, but that's easily solved if you're willing to leave campus.
Temple is above anything else a school of diversity. Beyond the urban campus aspect, Temple's wide variety of colleges and academic programs catch the eye of prospective students from all over the country. I have always felt that Temple was just the right size. Everyday I walk on campus and see familiar faces, along with a hundred new faces. It's so unfortunate that people's first reaction when I say that I go to Temple is in regards to the neighborhoods around it- thats not Temple, thats the sickening reality of the state of our nation. Never in my years here at Temple have I ever known of anyone being shot or in any serious trouble with a non-temple student. In fact, my boyfriend, a recent graduate from Penn State, could tell me about more students being shot or even killed in the small town of State College. Don't let racial discrimination or fear of the unknown keeping you from attending a school like Temple. Trust me, not only are there a ton of parties to go to nearly every night of the week, you also have the entire city of Philadelphia at your disposal.
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