Archive forMarch, 2012

My Major

As a freshman, I still have not declared my major. Since I am undecided regarding what I would like to major in I am looking into different options. At the moment, I am most interested in going into engineering. I have always been more of a ‘math person’ and physics was one of my favorite classes in high school. Although I do not know specifics about the field of engineering, I will begin taking the basic classes next semester and continue talking to the professors and engineers outside Queens College. Up until this point, I have not taken any of the classes required for engineering, but have been taking classes that fill my basic requirements. Next semester, when I begin taking these classes, I will know more about the material and the field and will be able to decide if this is something I am interested in going into or not. Queens College does not have its own engineering program, but has a pre-engineering program and a joint program with the engineering school of Columbia University. If I decided to go into this program, I would spend three years at QC taking the required pre-engineering classes and then spend two years at the engineering school of Columbia and graduate with a degree from both. There are many different types of engineers and there are therefore many different jobs within the field. The starting salary in this field varies depending on both the type of engineer one becomes and the job he or she gets as an engineer. The money is not that big of a factor in deciding whether to enter this field or not, although this many become a bigger factor in the future.

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A Better QC

Although this is my first year at Queens College, there are multiple things I have noticed that would improve the school overall. One of the main things I would do in order to improve Queens College would be to better the student life. Many students feel that since this is a  commuter school, they come to school and go to class but have no social life on campus. The social aspect is a big part of college and I think making QC a more “social” place would improve the student life significantly. In order to do this, the school could have more overall ‘school spirit’, which needs to come both from the institution and the students. This ‘school spirit’ would encourage students to attend more school functions, such as sports events, and would increase the social life on campus. Although this is something that many students are interested in, there are also those students who enjoy the “commuter experience” and are not as interested in a social life on campus. Therefore, while this should be available for those who want it, a more social experience should be something students need to seek out if they are interested. In addition, I think another way to improve Queens College would be by reducing the size of many of the classes. Some of the classes I am taking this semester have 110 students, and this not only makes it hard for the students but for the professors as well. Having smaller classes makes many students feel more comfortable participating and asking questions whereas they might not be comfortable in such a large lecture. In addition, it makes the student feel as though the professor is more available to the student for guidance or help. In a class of 110 students, students often feel they can not approach the professor for help as a result of the size of the class. Smaller classes also enable teachers to do more hands on work with the student, which is not possible in huge lectures. Discussions are more likely to take place in smaller classes, while in large lectures they usually will not happen. Lastly, since Queens College is a commuter school, I think parking should be made much easier. Although many students have parking spots, there are not enough spots for all students and parking then becomes a big problem. Students are often late or even miss class since they can’t find parking, which is something that should not happen. The school should be responsible for creating more parking spots so that all students who drive to school are guaranteed a spot. If this was improved, many students at Queens College would be much more calm and less stressed on a daily basis. While Queens College is overall a good school, these small changes would improve the school and make many of the students enjoy their experience even more.

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College Ratings

In my opinion, college ratings can be very important. These ratings give institutions and their students something to be proud of and a chance to be recognized. For example, a school like Columbia University should be recognized by the public for being one of the best universities as a result of the hard work of both the faculty and the students. Not only do these ratings give recognition, but they also give students something to work towards, both those already in the institutions and those looking to apply. For a high school student looking into different colleges, these ratings might motivate the student to work harder in order to gain admission into these highly ranked institutions. For students already admitted, knowing that they are in a highly ranked institution would motivate them to be successful at their school. Along with these ratings, comes a large amount of competition. The higher ranked the school is, the more competitive it is said to be. Although this could be seen as something negative, these ratings and the competition they bring can be very helpful to many students. There are many students who work best under pressure and need the competition in order to succeed. For a student like this, having this rating system and attending a highly ranked school can be very helpful. On the other hand, there are other students who do not need competition and possibly might not care about the ranking of the school they are attending. In my opinion, this is why these rankings are helpful. For those students who find a college ranking system helpful it can be used but for those who do not find it helpful it can be completely ignored. Throughout my schooling, I have found that if I chose to seek out competition I have been able to find it but at the same time was able to ignore it. At different points throughout my years in school, I have found it helpful to “pay attention” to the competition around me. At these points, other students motivated me and helped me work harder to further achieve my goals. At other points, I did not need the competition to be motivated, rather was motivated on my own and at these points chose to ignore what was going on around me.

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Response to Music Video

In my opinion, the way college is portrayed in the music video ‘I love College’ is completely wrong. This song and video are all about the partying and drinking aspect of college, but does not mention anything about the academic aspect. Asher Roth repeats multiple times that this ‘party’ is a daily occurrence. He says that they wake up in the morning, eat something and then begin the partying again. While there are schools where the students party a lot, they do not party almost all day every day like the people in this video do. In addition, the party in this video and the way it is described is a little bit extreme. While there are parties at mostly every college, they are not all as crazy as the one in this video. This video did not have to be talking about college, it could have been talking about a summer vacation because all that is described is how college is all about the parties and drinking but nothing about the class or school work. Overall, I think this video and the way college is described in it is very exaggerated. It takes some of the stereotypes of college and makes these stereotypes more extreme than they are in reality.

 

In this scene The Social Network, although the people are doing some kind of work, they are drinking throughout the whole task. The way people are standing around and cheering makes it seem as though that was really meant to be a party.

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College Stereotypes

There are stereotypes you always hear about college, but don’t actually know if they are true until you are there. For example, some of the stereotypes I have noticed about college are on the one hand about drinking and partying but on the other hand about the hard work and academics. While some of these are true, there are also those that I have noticed to not be true. The stereotypes about the academics I have noticed to be true, but I have not noticed the stereotypes having to do with the partying to be as true, possibly because there is no strong dorm life in Queens College.

Within each group, or ‘clique’, in Queens College there are those who are more of the ‘leaders’ and those who are the ‘followers’. Almost every group can be broken down this way, even though the people within the group might not notice it. Sometimes it is very evident who is the leader of the group by just looking at it, but other times it is not as easy to tell by merely observing the group.

Since the high school I went to was very small, only about 70 students in each grade, it was never very clear who was popular and who was not. However, instead of there being a ‘popular group’, there was majority of the grade that was considered ‘normal’ and then the rest of the grade that was ‘weird’. Within the groups of ‘normal’ people, everyone was essentially equal, no one being more popular than the next. On the Queens College campus I think it is very hard to talk about popularity. There are so many students that come from such diverse backgrounds that it is hard to compare one to the next. There are so many different cliques that form around the campus and within each clique there may be those who are more popular than others, but in the overall group of students I do not think popularity is that clear.

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College Video #5

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