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The Pros And Cons Of Suffolk University

Nothing is perfect. I can say the same for my school. As a second year student at Suffolk University, I have practically gotten used to and seen almost all of things that this place has to offer. Since that is the case, I have been able to see the pros and the cons of this school. Below are three of the many pros and/or cons that come with Suffolk University.

The campus: The whole “Boston is your campus” thing is both a blessing and a curse. Looking into this school for the first time, I thought it would be pretty cool to live in the city and have Boston literally be your campus. Beside the handful amount of buildings that consist of Suffolk University, that is about all there is to the school. This, I suppose, isn’t a bad thing. Maybe some students are really into that and don’t care for a traditional university or college campus. I thought I was that type of student going into my freshman year, but I learned that there is a downfall for having no campus. It seems, to me, much harder to make friends because of this.

You can’t step outside of your dorm or class building and see a bunch of your fellow schoolmates playing frisbee in the green grass of a campus. No, you would see hundreds of strangers from all walks of life with some Suffolk students sprinkled here and there walking down the sidewalks of downtown Boston. The problem, too, is that even though there are students around you, how does one distinguish which are Suffolk students than, say, Emerson? Or even figuring out students from any other person that walks the same streets as you? You can’t, really, and even if you could, it is hard to stop someone and pick up a conversation when everyone around you is intoxicated by the busy and quick pace of the city.

Though Suffolk lacks a “campus”, that just means that opportunities are quite literally right outside your door. Whether you are wanting to get a part-time job, a full-time job, or an internship, the city is right there with hundreds of offers. I definitely think that this pro heavily outweighs the con as there are other means of making friends other than needing a traditional campus.

The professors and classes: What is nice about Suffolk is that the professors here, nine times out of ten, know what they are talking about. Meaning, the professors here have careers in, degrees for, studied and know the topic they are teaching the students. When I was taking some journalism classes, my professors have written for newspapers, like the Boston Globe. Knowing that they have that background gives me a secure feeling that my time and money is not being wasted by taking classes here. The professors tend to be approachable, knowledgeable, and pretty flexible with office hours. When someone is struggling, they tend to do a great job at giving students their contact information for help and questions after class. That should be something all colleges or universities should make sure to have, but some don’t. Luckily for us, we do.

Not only do we have helpful and knowledgeable professors, we are offered some of the most unique, interesting and fun classes out there. My freshman year, I took a class all about dreams and the meaning of them, I was able to go out and interview people for my journalism classes, and some of the time, we were able to see and go cool events around the city that aligns with what we are learning in class. What is so awesome about our classes is that, depending on the class, it can be very hands-on. You can go to places, witness events, learn about something interesting to you. Suffolk has so many different classes that reaches all of the students’ interests. Hey, there is even a course all about death. Morbid, yet unique.

The food: Oh boy, what can I say about the food? I guess it’s not all that bad. When I lived in the 150 Tremont dorm, I was thankful that the dining hall was in my building. I would step into the elevator, go four floors down and then, boom, I am there. The rather unfortunate thing is that if you live in 10 West, you have to walk to this dining hall if you wanted something to eat. Even in the cold weather, you would need to put on some snow boots and a nice warm jacket for the journey. Then you are met with the usual options that they offer, such as subs and wraps, cereal, burgers, salad and whatever else they decide to make. Sometimes there was the occasional “Taco Tuesday,” but that still doesn’t seem to widen the options. Don’t get me wrong, they do have options, but after seeing and having the same food day in and day out, it gets pretty tiring. Not only that, but a lot of people I know, including myself, would feel somewhat sick and nauseous from the food. Tending to subside after a bit of time, the only thing that would bother me is the cost. For what the food is, it seems rather expensive. Yet, so is college, and I guess we just have to live with it. Besides the dining hall food, Suffolk offers some great sandwiches and salads in the 73 Cafe (if you are actually able to find a table to sit down and eat) and the smoothies in the Somerset Cafe are the bomb-diggity. I highly recommend using your Ramcard for those places rather than the dining hall. The biggest problem, for me, still continues to be the price. Hopefully, that would become something Suffolk looks into and fixes it.


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