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I think UVM is a great school, if you'd like to go to grad school afterwards. Or if you are looking for a conventional major. I personally am transferring (hopefully) because UVM doesn't offer me a single major that I'm acutally interested in. I applied because of the GAP program, which isn't a bad program. I thought I could make it work but i am just bored out of my mind. I am an english major because its the easiest thing for me to do. Also, the other main problem I have going here is a lot of the students. They are walking proof that tests don't always reflect intelligence. I bet if you pick anywhere, any day, any time to over hear a conversation it goes something like this "oh my god, i was soo wasted last night. I was so drunk I fell of the toilet. Hahaha, and we had to hold your hair back, why did you drink that anyway?" almost every day this is all I hear when I'm walking to class or riding the bus. That and inane psychobabble. The students are always protesting something, but not in a way that would actually help. I would like to see one camp out on the green last past October. oh no its too cold, livable wages aren't as important as me drinking in my nice warm room.
UVM is a school with fairly good connotations. UVM knows how to spend money and spend it fast on useless things. You pay top dollar for a mid-level school and is worth only about half of what is paid. Lots of Pot, Lots of alcohol, good amount of coke, and plenty of everything else.
The best thing about UVM might be the location, you've got lake champlain to one side with a view of the adarondaks, and then you've got the Green Mtns to the other side. You can get to the mountains for hikes (free) or skiing ($$$$$$) in 30 min, or just go down to the bike trail to the lake where everyone and thier golden retriever are out exercising. The "City" is not bad, small with some great college bars that not too many normal people go to because the college students and recent alum dominate the scene. Some good restaurants, a posh grocery store...nice things and lots of organic food and recycling goes down. Very earth-conscious. The school is just the right size, you always are meeting new people, but don't feel lost, even as a freshman. The professors have time for you, and really do mean it about visiting in their office hours, so definately take advantage of that. School pride, not so much united school pride. Some around the basketball team I suppose, but you know, a lot of cynical new englanders who want to set themselves apart from the masses. I love the place. Beautiful old central campus buildings, horrible buildings and dorms from the 70s and some good architecture recently. However the new construction leaves less room for ultimate frisbee, so thats a downer. Unusual? one nice thing is that there really is something for everyone at UVM, so you won't be lonely. Because the school is pretty small, you can get the student gov't to fund all sorts of things, both legitimate and not. Even republicans have friends at UVM, although there are not very many of them.
The best thing about UVM is community: everyone is friendly and willing to meet new people. There are so many opportunities to meet your neighbor on campus and interact with all different sorts by becoming actively involved on campus! One thing I'd change is our schools president FOGEL! His "vision" is to be the university with the most construction occuring, which it is, although the typical students from out-of-state is paying 32,000 a year to go to this school and would rather know their tuition is being spent on better ideas. We don't need more buildings! We just spent over 30 millions dollars on the DAVIS CENTER which is the new student center and is ridiculous! We had a perfectly capable student center that can handle the student capacity of UVM, but Fogel had to go waste peoples tax $ and student tuition on that, it's LEED certified with a silver standing. Most of my time on campus is in the library or on the green if its a nice day! The biggest recent controversy on campus was SLAP's (student labor action project) tent city on the green, they refused to leave and so got booted by the police! Before that it was the death of Michelle Gardner Quinn.
Best things about UVM - the weather (if you like snow), the scenery (it's on top of a huge mountain looking over Lake Champlain and New York State - truly breathtaking), the kids (most people you meet are chill), downtown (fun nightlife, shopping, food, big grassy quads) Burlington - If you're like me and you come from the New York metro area (which is like plenty of kids at UVM), you'll laugh to find out that B-Town is the biggest city in Vermont. But that's not saying much - you can drive from one side of Burlington to the other in fifteen minutes. With that said, it's an awesome place to go to college. Filled with hippies from the 60's, environmental Vermonters, old people, young people, sketchy townies, Burlington is the perfect size for a college town. There's so much to do here - North Beach gets packed with UVMers when the weather gets nice. Lake Champ is a little too cold for swimming, but everybody comes down with beers, burgers, footballs, etc - it's a super chill time. And of course, Burlington is within driving distance of the best mountains in the Northeast - hiking in the winter, Stowe, Jay Peak, Bolton, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Smuggs in the winter. Size - It's totally cliche, but absolutely applicable to UVM - with 10,000 students, UVM is big enough to always be meeting new people, but small enough to always bump into people you know. It's easy to walk anywhere on campus (from one end to the other takes about 15 minutes) but there's busses, in case your lazy or late to class or don't want to deal with the coldness (it gets REALLY cold in the winter) Worst things about UVM - The school administration is really looking to improve UVM's image, expand the school, and make it more recognizable throughout the USA - as a result, the police and RA's are pretty hardcore. Downtown house parties that get wild will get busted pretty quickly. Cops take random patrols through the dorms, and they just got a drug-sniffing dog (but nobody has ever seen them us it). Cops and RA's arent allowed to key into your room, but they'll do everything they can to trick you into letting them in. If they hear cans clanking or pong balls bouncing or just lots of voices, they wont hesitate to knock.
The best thing at UVM is that there are a million things to do. Each week, our Senate approves of new clubs, which are funded by the Student Government Association (SGA). In addition, the teachers- even of large introductory biology classes- are receptive and willing to talk about almost anything; you just have to approach them. Many teachers do go out of their way to talk to students, as well. We also have a Teacher-Advisor Program (TAP), which are classes that are taught by your advisor in small, discussion groups (usually 10-20 students). Another great thing about UVM is that we're in Burlington (well, it's sorta great... Burlington has their own Fire/Rescue so that puts a dent in our rescue's call volume). But the town is one of the best college towns in the country. Church Street, which is the main street in Burlington is also quite famous. The biggest recent controversy was a resolution that came before our Senate that would have mandated that the Red Cross not be allowed on campus due to their discriminatory policies towards "men who have had sex with men" and other groups. We had the NY/PA director, NE director, two local reps and a national rep come to talk with us about their position. We also had 3 TV stations and numerous papers covering the event. One thing that caught me off guard about UVM was that we're right on Lake Champlain (perfect for boating or trips down to the water/beach in the summer/fall), which means there can be wicked (another strange thing about us New Englanders... we say wicked) strong winds. If you're coming to visit, bring a windbreaker.
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