- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Psychology
- Gender: F
- High School: Parkview Magnet High School
- Transfer Student: N
Our school's a good size, not extremely large, but definately not little. No one really cares about Arkansas, it's just...Arkansas. Noone from too far away really wants to come here, because of the state's stereotypes. It's definately a college town, ***son Street's a big deal. But there's really not too much to do there at night unless you can get into the bars. If you go to Arkansas, you ARE a RAZORBACK. There is SO MUCH school spirit here during football season, even if we this year or that year, or you've never been into football or school spirit before. You become a Freshman at the UofA and you know the big player names, and you wear red and white to games. You call the hogs all the time, even unnecessarily, like at a house party, where everyone's drunk, or for the latest band at a concert to come back out. It's pretty ridiculous and silly, but it shows so much pride in the Hogs. Most people spend free time sitting at the Greek Theater on nice days, or playing frisbee on Old Main Lawn. We can't wait for a snow day, or night, so we can take our cafeteria trays and sled down the Dixon Street hill, next to the Greek Theater. Or they go up to Wilson Park, and hang out there.
The best classes are the ones the teacher's are excited about teaching, esp. if you like the subject. For instance, my first day of Developmental Psych, my teacher told us that she had fought to teach that class, despite the hated early hour, and it was her focus when studying psych. But not all teachers are that forward. Most are passionate about the class they teach, though. Classes tend to be bigger, so unless you make an effort to know the teacher, they won't know you outside of class. The T.A.s usually get to know you, though. Arkansas students aren't dumb, there are intellectual conversations outside of class, it just depends on who you're talking to. Students aren't really competitive, though. No time is spent outside of class w/ a professor, unless it's to make up a test. The math department here is absolutely terrible. The majority of the classes are done on the computer, and the system for it is pretty bad.
The foreign exchange students, especially the Asians, don't interact with the rest of the student body very much; they tend to stick together. Everyone's pretty friendly. It's pretty rare that you meet a student from somewhere other than Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma. There are A LOT of Texans. And they'll all tell you that Texas is better. Even though they're here b/c they can't afford the same education in Texas. There are a lot of Greeks, but a lot of non-Greeks, too. The non-Greeks tend to stereotype the Greeks and feel like they don't fit in, or are judged b/c they don't belong to a House, but it's not like that. Students wear what they want to class, usually just a t-shirt and jeans, sweats, or just something casual. It's not often that girls wear heels to class, but they will do their makeup full out. Oh, and the "poof" is pretty popular here. It's ugly and dumb, but girls do it anyway. It's sometimes kind of like you don't fit in at frat parties if your hair isn't at least little poofed.
The Best Things
the school spirit
The Worst Things
stereotypes of Arkansas as a state and of Greek Life, from Greeks criticizing other houses AND nonGreeks