12 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Come To Eastern

12 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Come To Eastern

Get out before you can't leave.
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A few months ago this list would have been smaller, but I think so many things have changed at this school and life isn't what you think it is. I had told so many people why they should come to this school. Now the reasons why not to come to this school out way the good.

1. The price is always going up.

This is a reality in life we all know it, but when the president of your university sends you an email saying tuition is having a "minor increase". I'm sorry but a few thousand dollars is not a minor increase, we already pay $45,000 to come here. They tell you to go to finial aid, even though when you get there they say they cannot help you at all.

2. Its about the business and not your education.

Clearly I know that universities today are only focussing on the amount of money they bring in, I am not blind to that. I just wonder if the university understands what the students have to go through on a day to day basis. Yes your professors do care about you, but the university as a whole does not.

3. You cannot live off campus.

Literally you can't live off campus, like as in they DO NOT ALLOW YOU TOO! Sorry but it is utterly ridiculous. They require students to live on campus and you only have opportunity to maybe get the approval if you live within 50 miles of campus. They would rather have a student like myself, going into their senior year, drop out because I cannot afford to live on campus anymore. Where is the justice in this?

4. The wifi never works.

Well ok it works sometimes in some of the rooms but I try to do my homework in my room and the wifi is constantly going in and out. Sometimes I have to use my iPhones sharing data because it is so bad.

5. The food is disgusting and destroys your digestive system.

Yes, it is not my cooking I understand that. But seriously the food destroys your digestive system, you will not poop the same while you are on campus. It takes about a week for it to normalize as well when you go back home. There are some options but the food is often over cooked, undercooked, or cooked just right but no flavor at all.

6. Parking is awful!

They allow all of the freshman to park on campus and there isn't enough parking for the rest of us. If you tell everyone that freshman have to park in west lot then don't let us think that there will be parking for the rest of us when you move them to the main campus lots. As a resident we cannot park over by the academic buildings because there isn't enough parking. If you have work right after class you have to run back to the resident parking lots by the dorms and drive to work, if you park it over by the academic building you will get a fine of $25. It also costs $325 for the year to have a car on campus.

7. There are visitation rules and fines for breaking them.

Yes we are a Christian University and are blessed with the opportunity to have visitation at all, we could be like Liberty University. We do not have room checks but we have hours during they day in which we can have people of the opposite gender in our room. The door must remain open and the room must have good lighting. When it comes to sitting and laying down at least one person must be in a 90 degree angle sitting up.

8. They cut a week from winter break.

Now this is not entirely that big of a deal but 3 weeks instead of 4 decreases work time. I work over winter break and there was one less week I could work to earn money to support myself for the semester. Also 3 weeks is barely enough time to recover from the death of the fall semester and jump start spring semester.

9. It isn't really a Christian University anymore.

Yes, Eastern has visitation and strict rules about alcohol. We are required to take bible courses and there is an optional chapel on Wednesdays along with grow group, but like America it seems that more and more students are running away from God then toward him. I lean more conservative on a liberal campus, which I was aware of when entering this university. But the Christian community is dwindling and when I sit in a Theology class in which my professor has no understanding of where evil came from and has such an interesting perspective of christianity no wonder christianity is leaving the university. It is more of a "Yes, I believe in God but I behave like every other person in this world so you'd never know."

10. It is a dry campus.

Coming into college I liked this until I fully understood what it meant. You cannot come back to campus while intoxicated. You must be sober otherwise if you get caught you can and will get a fine for it. This makes it extremely difficult for those who are 21 and want to go out for a few drinks.

11. It is really small.

Everyone knows everyone and their business. Word spreads like wild fire and nothing is kept secret, no one is safe.

12. Poor athletic facilities.

It is true we just got a new gym and that was very exciting for everyone here on campus. But we have one locker room for women's teams and one for the males. The turf is 12 years old and we have so many injuries because it is so worn out. With two fields shared between the women's soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, men's soccer, and lacrosse. Also if it rains the baseball and softball team try to use it as well because their fields are flooded. Track and field has no indoor or outdoor track so we run outside year around, no matter the weather.

So there are reasons why we shouldn't do something, I usually try to remain optimistic. But the reality is there are negatives in life, it just so happens this University seems to have a few big ones.

Cover Image Credit: Kelsey Hoffman

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I recently wrote a super controversial article, which I'm honestly very proud of. In the comment section, there were plenty of people criticizing me because of what I believe in, mainly because they didn't believe in the same thing as I put out there.

I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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