In Their Words: What's it like to Attend Local Colleges and Universities? We Asked the Students to Tell you Themselves. 

JOHN CARROLL

Brendan Blase | Junior, Neuropsychology, Spanish; St. Louis

Connor Jamison | Junior, History; Brook Park.

Best non-academic part of JCU?

CJ: We're both on the soccer team, so having that is definitely a big part of it and having that friend group. And the student-life atmosphere, John Carroll does a good job with providing stuff for students to do on weekends and during the week. Like last year they brought in a lot of musicians for Streak Week, for freshmen, and they have a lot of get-to-know you events. They bring in a lot of bands.

BB: They bring in a lot comedians, local bands, and the student union will put on a lot of different events.

CJ: Trips to the zoo, Browns games, Cavs games, stuff like that.

BB: For me, it's the overall atmosphere of the school. Being a D-III school — rather small — it just feels like a real community, real family, everyone seems to know everybody. You'll walk down one of the quads and you'll see 20 or 30 people you know.

Worst non-tuition part of JCU?

BB: I'd say maybe food choices. We have a pretty good dining hall but I don't think we have enough variety, honestly. We have like the Inn Between, stuff like that, but if you go to other schools — bigger schools — you'll see more variety. That would make the variety better.

CJ: That, and to be different from him, I'll say a few of the sidewalks need to be redone. Other than that it'll probably be food, just better food choices. You have the cafeteria and the Inn Between, but that's it, they don't have anything outside of that's open for students.

Advice you wish you would have gotten when first arrived on campus?

BB: I wish you would have gotten that you need to manage your time better, with soccer and everything. I came in thinking that since it was D-III, that it was not going to be as time-consuming as it was, so I definitely had trouble my first semesters dealing with managing time and homework with soccer. Now I have it figured out, but I wish I would have done it a little sooner.

CJ: My biggest advice to anybody coming in here new is don't buy your books until you get here. Half the time you'll have teachers that will either switch the books on you — which'll cost you $150-$200, and you'll end up paying for another book. It cost me like $300-$400 because I did that. That was my biggest thing.

How hard is it to party on campus without hassle from RAs/cops/security?

BB: On campus, it's very hard. They do a good job of keeping it — it's supposed to be a dry campus, right?

CJ: Yeah, I don't think they want parties going on or drinking. They keep up pretty well on that, it's pretty hard to have a party. I lived in Murphy my freshman year, even there it was hard.

BB: In dorm rooms and everything, it was hard. RAs are very strict in their policies. But it's a fair strictness, I think, they tell you the rules and if you obey them you're fine. Off campus, the cops know we're college kids and it's going to happen, and unless it gets too out of control, they're pretty fair. If you're just having a party, they don't assume bad out of you.

One thing about JCU you could only know from being here?

BB: For me, it's definitely the family aspect. As much as they'll try to tell you that John Carroll is a medium-sized school, everyone pretty much knows everyone and it's a good thing. We've had struggles like losing a friend, and I've never seen more support from a school than this. It's just the community; something they can't tell you in a brochure. Everyone is friendly; the first day of school I had no problem fitting in. I'm not the most talkative kid but everyone wants to get to know you.

CJ: I would extend that to the education part. The teachers here are so helpful with everything. I would have meetings with the provost, vice president for like several hours, just helping me with papers. They're willing to go out of their way to help students and do anything for them. That's the biggest.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE

Maia Young | Senior, Computer Science; Cleveland

Best non-academic part of Case?

Just being in Cleveland. I don't think I'd like Case as much if I couldn't explore Cleveland. it's definitely in a good spot.

Worst non-tuition part of Case:

The mentality of the student body on some certain things is not — I don't agree with it, I guess. Just the demeanor of certain people.

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