klm672
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The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:51 am

Hello. This fall I'll be attending Johnson state college, Johnson Vermont. I have a few random questions about the college life:
1) How are the classes? Are most the teacher stands and talks the whole time and you take notes, are they like high school and you are called on and asked questions?

2) Dorms: How do you like your roomate? Do they do any match to find you the best roomate or how does that work?

3) Dorms: How free is it? I mean can you invite girls to spend the night or do they have to stay in their own building?

4) Dorms: are you aloud to do anything you want, or is there adults who will check and see if everything is ok at nite?

Thats all i have for now. Thanks
 
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:55 am

For all your questions it really varies from school to school, except the last one. Bro, you are 18-19 years old, no way in hell is anyone going to check on you.
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:59 am

Just about all of your answers depend on the specific school.

At most, nobody is going to check up on you. There may be room inspections, but just cursory at best.... if you have something you shouldn't have, cover it up or put it in a cabinet and nobody will ever see it. Even if it is out in the open, you probably won't get in trouble.
 
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:00 am

1) Depends on where you go; whether the class is oriented as a lecture, media, group, or lab session.



2) I had a roomate for 1 semester my 2nd year at LSU.... didnt know him, wish I'd never met him. A liar and a thief. Later moved in with some friends, before getting my own place.

If you have the cash, do the latter from the start.... you wont be missing out on anything.




3) At LSU, girls were to be checked in at security, and must leave the building by midnight (some buildings, 1am) on weeknights... and 3am on weekends. Males were not allowed in female dorms after nightfall.

Not that any of the above makes a damn bit of sense, but anyways, those were the rules.





4) Simple set of rules: no chicks after hours, no sneaking into the girls' place after dark, no alcohol if you're underaged, no weed/drugs, and inspections twice a semester.

Other than those, it's a simple tradeoff: you dont get the school in trouble, the school doesnt give a damn what you do
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:02 am

4) Dorms: are you aloud to do anything you want, or is there adults who will check and see if everything is ok at nite?

There are RA's in most dorms, just don't do anything stupid and you'll be allright...

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:33 am

Living on campus is depends on wher eyou go. Here in Knoxville it is great this is definately a collge town. Go to Tennessee Tech or Carson Newman not so much they are both in one horse towns out in the boonies. In the dorms the rules vary from school to school however, there are people that do check in on you if you get caught or someone calls in a complaint (loud music / noises etc). The guys living in the appartment next to us got busted on like the third or fourth day back with booze. We think they had weed though as well. This is a dry campus i laugh when I say that. Anybody ever been to Neyland Stadium on a game can tell you dry campus is a loose term around here. Anyways there were cops involved with these guys as well as several RA's

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:39 am

Military dorms or barracks is what they're are called, is very similar to dorms in civilians colleges/university. Same rules applies. We have a co-ed barracks and no males are allowed are allowed in "Female Country" from 2200-0600. We do have Resident Advisors on each floors, and they are called upon sercurity issues or complaints. We have a quarterdeck which it is manned 24 hrs, or a lobby where guest has to be checked in and must leave at a certain time.

The only difference to you guys are the fire/sercurity watches that roves around the building from 8pm to 6am looking for people smoking on the balcony, people drunk and doing stupid things, loud noises after 10pm, and such. I remember when I was doing the sercurity watch, a female reported to us about a guy that was throwing beer bottles from the 2nd deck and one almost hit her. Apparently. we found him and turned him in to the MPs.

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:52 am

1) You'll likely find every type of teacher possible. If there is a specific type you like, ask around campus. It is always good to find people in the same major as you and ask them questions about classes and teachers

2) Had roommates Freshman, Junior, and Senior years. Gotten along fine with all of them, and my school did have a matching system Freshman year.

3) In theory girls were not allowed in your room after a certain time. But they never really enforced it, and it was only for Freshman dorms (lucked out and was in an upper class dorm Fresh and Soph years).

4) As USAFHummer said, don't do anything stupid and you will be alright. Stupid includes, but is not limited to, excessively loud music after midnight; drinking a crapload and passing out in the hall outside the RA's door; smoking so much pot that people on the ground floor can smell it (it was coming from the 5th floor); and knocking a sprinkler out of whack while playing hall sports. All of those things happened all four years, I believe, on every floor in every building. They can and do remove people from dorms and expel from school people who do too much of that crap, happened to a friend of mine.

Don't worry about it too much, most RA's I've run in to are very nice people who would much rather just ask you not to do something again than get you in trouble for it. Good luck in school, have fun, happy studying!

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:16 am

Jeez it sounds like all your schools have strict girl-in-dorm policies...here we have girls on the same floor as guys...there are 2 girls rooms on my floor (both have their own bathroom/shower though), and this "registering girls who visit" isnt existent...although apparently the fact that all the girls got "rape whistles" on the first day is unique to CU...

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:07 am

I got you all beat, my freshman year I lived in a 10 person suite, 5 guys and 5 girls, the girls had their own bathroom and the men too, with one large common living room, needless to say it was fun  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:10 am

As has been said before, it really depends on the school...
Professors: Generally speaking unless your school is one of those ivy-covered ones, professors generally are somewhere between 'show up and pass' and 'show up and I'll fail you anyway.' Find out who the first set consists of, after 4 years all that matters is your GPA (sorry folks, its true).
Roommates: Hated mine Freshman, Sophomore, & first semester of my junior year. All three years my roommate(s) of choice decided at the last minute to get off campus apartments, and I got stuck with whoever the school needed to place into an empty room.
Dorms: At my school, as long as you didn't burn it down (which happened, twice), make it smell like it was burning down (which happened twice a day), or infested it with creatures with more than two legs (don't even want to think about how often that happened), the school didn't give a $#!+ what you did. We were allowed to have visitors whenever we wanted, male or female.

Good luck, not that you'll need it!
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 11:40 am

Here in Germany most college students rent their own apartments in cheaper neighbourhoods. Some of my classmates shared a big flat, some out of economic reasons, some out of political reasons, usualy with each person having his/her own bedroom. Universities here often offer cheap studio apartments a low rent for their students (you´ve got to prove thatyou / your parents are below a certain income level). Most college students here are working part time, and/or full time during semestral break.

The majority type of class was the traditional lecture, with the professor spinning his yarn and everybody else taking notes. Lab class was usualy run by some graduate students (a typical job for a graduate student). Else it was up to everybody himself to get the books and to study at home. Usualy we would get a sheet of assignment problems each week from each professor, which we had to hand in, solved, the following week.

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 12:41 pm

The only rules at my dorm a few years ago were as follows:

1) Must sign in all guests at front desk and assume responsibility for their actions

2) Quiet time is 11pm weekdays and 1am weekends. 24hr quiet time around exam periods

3) Smoking in rooms is allowed, but discouraged (out of consideration for others)

Holy crap, I never thought there were still dorms around where they check to see who you're in bed with  Smile/happy/getting dizzy The university I went to was all single rooms, so no roomate problems.
 
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Mon Mar 08, 2004 4:59 pm

Most important thing to remember about college is that no matter where you are and what you're studying, it should be a fun and enlightening experience (academically and otherwise). That said...

1.) Really depends on the professor and the class size. With a 10-person class, it's easy to make it into a discussion format, i.e. everyone contributing to the main points. With a 300-person class, it's typically a lecture. But it can still be damn interesting.

2.) At my school (USC) we filled out a sort of survey and they matched roommates based on that. In my case, I couldn't have been happier with the roommate I got freshman year. Ended up living with him and a couple other friends sophomore year in an apartment. Junior year, roomed with some other friends - no less fun. Senior year, first year I actually have my own bedroom, still share an apartment with a couple other people, but don't see them much.

3.) This definitely depends on the school. At USC, floors are Co-Ed; freshman year there were approx. 26 guys and 26 girls on my floor. But I've heard stories from friends' colleges that the opposite sex isn't allowed past a certain time (Boston University springs to mind...) Either way though, this will probably not be a huge stumbling block.

4.) "No grownups?" (sorry, approximate quote from Lord of the Flies). As was stated, there are RAs, and in the freshman dorms at USC, there was one faculty master per dorm (faculty who live with their families in the dorm). I agree most with what ConcordeBoy said:
"you dont get the school in trouble, the school doesnt give a damn what you do."
Actually fairly true. I have found that common sense rules here, and some people have it and some don't. Just don't be one of the latter. Good luck, and enjoy your time in Vermont (it's a beautiful state).
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:06 am

Now that I am done and finished with college, though somehow managing to find a job at a university I have learned a lot.

1. Class size and format will vary a lot, from small seminars to huge cattle call courses. As a general rule many of your lower division classes and lower level math and science classes (even at smaller schools) tend to be larger. However with the larger lecture courses you typically have seperate lab, recitation, or discussion sections... some are good, some are bad. I have had both. But you'd be surprised by the level of interactivity you can have in a large class and how dead a small class can be. Once you begin picking classes you can generally get a feel for how it might be delivered... if you are interested in the class but unsure how it will be run send the prof an email and ask for a syllabus.

2. I think it is important that you live in the dorms for at least one year. There is a certain part of the college experience that you do not get living off campus. My roomates my freshman and sophomore year were ok. I generally liked my roomate my freshman year a bit more. Got along with him pretty well. However I did not like my roomate my sophomore year. I just didn't think that he understood how to live in such close proximaty to another person... which is likely a common problem.

3. All but a few dorms on my campus were coed, in some cases whole floors (though sometimes only wings) were coed. People could stay over whereever they wanted. The only thing restriction was that guests needed to be escorted at all times.

4. Remember, you are (or will be) an adult. Most colleges and universities have long since given up on parenting adults in dorms. There are community rules that you need to live by and there are consequences for violating those rules. Basically this means keeping relatively clean, being quiet during quiet hours, and refraining from drug and alcohol abuse in the dorm. Pretty simple really.
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Thu Mar 11, 2004 3:08 am

If your school is listed on http://www.pickaprof.com , I highly recommend you check it out. You can type in a course you need to take, and it will list all the professors, their average GPA and grade distributions, and comments. I've used this website numerous times to avoid the bad profs. At my school, many classes were taught by graduate students rather than by professors (who were there mainly to do research); I guess that's a standard thing at many public schools, and many spoke very poor english, which is a really bad thing in technically-oriented subjects especially. Most classes I took were pure lecture classes (the instructor gets up for an hour and talks). Many posted their lecture notes on the Internet, so you didn't really have to be writing during the whole lecture, and most gave between 2 and 4 tests, plus a final. Some classes, such as chemistry, had a lab which was either factored into your lecture grade, or set aside in it's own 'one credit hour' class.

I was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, so we basically lived by a different set of rules than the "non-reg" folks in the civilian dorms. Comparing my corps experience with my experience living in the regular dorms after I had graduated from the Corps, I'd say that we really had alot more freedom in the Corps dorms. Our day-to-day dorm life was completely student-run. Senior year, myself and my roommate (he was C.O., I was X.O.) were essentially the RAs, and I'm not even going to post here the things that we were able to get away with (until 2010 when the statute of limitations runs out  Big grin ). But I will say that we knew there was a cat in the dorm and turned a deaf ear to it. There were no "adults" living in the dorms, but once per week or so we'd recieve a cursory visit by our CTO (Cadet Training Officer) during his daytime working hours. We had a no-visitors policy during the week as we were usually busy with school and corps activities, but the weekends were pretty much fair game for anything. As far a roommates go, you're assigned a roommate when you arrive for FOW (Freshmen Orientation Week). You pretty much have to learn pretty quickly to work with and like your roommate (and rest of your class), because they're the only friends you're going to have to rely on to get through the program.

As for my life in a civilian dorm after the corps, I didn't enjoy it as much because there was no esprit-de-corps, the RAs were tools (we were written up for the dumbest things), and there was this wierd politics going on among the RAs and the GHD (Graduate Hall Director, the "adult" in the dorm).

I guess it depends on how conservative or liberal your school is, but you may have alcohol and safety inspections periodically. My advice is to keep a fairly low-profile, whenever you do something which "borders the rules", and you probably won't have any problems with what you do in the privacy of your own room. Don't be stupid, but have fun in college; that's what it's about!
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Thu Mar 11, 2004 3:12 am

"I was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, "

And he is able to read..... and write, truly amazing.

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Thu Mar 11, 2004 3:25 am

I can finish both the Michelob Ultras in my two-pack without the RA giving me shit, unless I pass out outside his door.

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Thu Mar 11, 2004 4:42 am

Enjoy and suck up the dorm life for a year. It'll be the most fun you'll have. Then, move into a place with some friends.


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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:14 pm

I won't tell you what I had to do with my RA for him to let KROC spend the night in my dorm

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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:26 am

if you are going to a small school in VT, then i am sure it will be similar to my experience going to school in NH. i can only speak about dorm life, but as is common in nh/vt, it will be very rural, quiet, no security sign-ins like schools in cities. just security roaming around every few hours to keep the local crazies out of our dorm. you could do whatever you want, just keep it in the dl, if its not quite legal activity. befriend your RA, i mean they too were just like you (a freshman) so they arent there to be your mom/dad.
 
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RE: The College Life: A Few Questions.

Sat Mar 13, 2004 2:37 am

I am just about to finish my freshman year at Jacksonville University, a small private liberal arts college. About your questions....

1) In my experience, the classes are like high school but with better teachers. JU prides itself on small classes, and often times it will be 10 people or less and the professor (no grad students) in a standard size classroom. There is a lot more explanation by the teacher instead of him writing stuff on the board and you copying and memorizing it, like high school was.

2) Here at JU, for your freshman year you fill out a survey and they try to match you with a dormmate. After that, you make friends and for your sophomore year most people have a friend that they sign up to room with (like I did for next year). If not, you can fill out the same survey and they will match you.

3) You've got a lot of freedom, even here at a private school. The rules may seem strict but they are rarely enforced. Basically, girls have to sign in guys for them to go up to the girls floors, and the same with guys having to sign in girls. Guys are supposed to escort girls back to their room late at night as to prevent assaults. Here, there are no coed floors, just coed buildings with each floor either guy or girl.

4) There are no adults to check up on you. There are RAs but most of them are cool and they are college age. Public Safety will get you if you do anything too crazy.

Anyway hope to answer your questions. Like others have said it depends on what type of university you go to. If you go to a big state tech school, it might be totally different.

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