I think that the hardest part of choosing what college to go to is visualizing what it will be like living day-day with the decision you’ve made. What is the average day like at a particular college, and what is an average week like? These are the questions you need to ask yourself when picking a University. Campus tours show you the nicest parts of a college’s campus (and Stevens does have a really beautiful, dynamic campus). You can learn about what majors a college offers (and Stevens has over 30 amazingly rigorous technology and science related degrees). But what is harder to learn is how you will fit into all of that.
There are some great options to help prospective students figure out where is the best place for them. There are overnight visiting options when you can shadow a current student for a day. You can reach out to students, professors, and administrators to ask the detailed questions that can make all the difference.
I thought that I would share what my past week has been like at Stevens to give you a snapshot example of what life is like here. This past week has been a pretty average one for me:
Friday: I don’t have classes on Fridays (the bonus of being a senior). So, I decided that I wanted to visit the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. It was pretty cold out on Friday, so the zoo was almost empty. I got to see the sea lions, otters, porcupine, and farm animals in almost complete solitude. Then, before catching the bus back to Hoboken, I decided to walk around Times Square. In a spontaneous moment, my boyfriend and I decided to see if there were any student rush tickets left for the Broadway Play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. Luckily, there were tickets available, and we got orchestra seat tickets for about 70% off. The play was amazing! I read the play in a literature class I took at Stevens my freshman year, so it was really interesting to see a Broadway stage adaptation.
Saturday: I went home on Saturday via the Long Island Railroad. I got to eat dinner with my family and catch up with everyone, which was nice. I spent a lot of time writing a Philosophy paper for class. Fortunately the Stevens Library gives me access to a wide range of databases, so finding sources is not a problem.
Sunday: Last Sunday was the Super Bowl. I went home to watch it with my family and friends. It was nice to relax and enjoy time with people from home.
Monday: I had my first Chemical Engineering Systems Lab. My group and I ran an experiment on the Air Stripping of Acetone. There is a small (7ft) packed column in the lab to run the experiment. Then I had a Fluid Mechanics class. I’m taking the course as an elective. There is A LOT of math in it. I’m learning quite a bit though. I had a meeting with my sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. I was a recruitment counselor this semester for formal recruitment on campus, so we discussed the results as a sisterhood.
Tuesday: Tuesday I had Mythology. We discussed the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphosis. I am really enjoying learning all about the ancient classical myths such as Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, Diana, etc. I had my Writing Class next. We discussed the Middle Ages, and I handed in the philosophy paper I wrote. I went to the music room an practiced my violin. At night I had an Air Pollution Control class. I love the class a lot because I am learning really important and relevant things about Environmental Engineering. A lot of what we are learning in the class I can see using at my future job at ExxonMobil. Later that night I watched a few episodes of the TV show Doctor Who. It’s a show about a time traveling alien.
Wednesday: I don’t have classes on Wednesday (the bonus of being a senior). I went to the gym on campus. I worked on my Fluid Mechanics homework. It was hard! I used math from so many different classes. Talk about a brain work out! The gym was so much easier, comparatively. I did some reading for my classes and also watched more Doctor Who.
Thursday: Yesterday I had my Mythology and Writing classes again. I also had yoga, which I absolutely love. I love the Stevens Wellness Programs. Later in the night was “105 Days ‘Til Graduation.” It is only 105 days until I graduate, so the senior committee planned an event for all Stevens seniors to celebrate. It was fun to spend time with all of my classmates outside of class. I also spent time with my fellow Theta Phi Alpha seniors.
This was my past week. I had no tests,so I didn’t have to study too much, which was nice. This was my week, and I guarantee that every other Stevens student had a different one. There is no such thing as the “average Stevens student,” because everyone here has the ability to tailor their college experiences in a way that suits them best. I think that is what makes Stevens great.