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I hate UCI

melanne89melanne89 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited October 2008 in College Life
I just began my second year at this school and I hate it...still. I didn't like it at all last year, but decided on giving it one more chance. Well, I still hate it. I just have not found anyone like the people in my hometown and the rent I pay is 800$ a month for 1 teeny tiny bedroom in a 3 bedroom apt. I am just wondering, do we sometimes honestly just pick the wrong school? Is it maybe just the school I don't click with? I feel like Ive given it a chance, but if it really just isnt the school for me, I dont want to keep spending the money and hating it and wanting out. Any suggestions?
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Replies to: I hate UCI

  • dramakitty92428dramakitty92428 Registered User Posts: 676 Member
    Well, how is the academic stuff there? Why did you pick it, and did it live up to why you picked it?
    How are the classes?
    Extra curriculars
    etc
  • melanne89melanne89 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I picked it because of its ranking and distance. It is about 2 hours from home, far enough to assert my independence, but close enough to go home every other weekend if I wanted. academics are nice, but something I feel can be the same elsewhere as well. im in extra curriculars, even an officer in a club, but I just dont like it here. I keep myself busy simply to distract myself from how much I really dont like it.


    I was initially ecstatic, but now, after a little over a year, I do not want to be here at all.
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    Where would you rather be?
  • melanne89melanne89 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I dont even know. I just got so unbelievably discouraged. I was thinking about UCR or UC SD. Schools with a more diverse student body.
  • hikidshikids Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    If you are that unhappy you should leave. But before you do really check out the other places, or you may just be getting more of same. That is, is the problem that it is a UC.* as opposed to another type of school?
  • jckundjckund Registered User Posts: 680 Member
    Well I mean you cant pick a school solely on ranking and distance... did you spend some time on campus during your visits?
  • TUOwls2011TUOwls2011 - Posts: 728 Member
    I picked it because of its ranking

    There's your problem right there.
  • BrandoIsCoolBrandoIsCool Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    I picked UCI b/c of all the family friends that went there, its location and solid academics. I like it so far, I'm a freshman right now. Try transferring if you really think its not right. Think carefully about it.
  • poppin3000poppin3000 Registered User Posts: 798 Member
    Really?? You don't like UCI? I was in irvine for a month pretty recently, and I have to say that I had a pretty good time. Everything is so freaking neat an organized.

    Do you have a car / are you mobile? You're only an hour away from either LA or SD--if you have some friends there why not travel a bit on weekends and check out hollywood / the laugh factory / kayaking in sd / who knows...

    $800 / month is def pretty high though. But seeing as how its in Irvine, I'm willing to bet that your apt pwns 80% of the living options at the rest of the UC's.

    I don't know...my UCI friends all stayed busy either with employement or clubs or something of that sort? Have you given any thought to those options? Maybe you could channel your boredom in a positive way and pick up on some of your academic pursuits, like some kind of research project or something.

    If all that doesn't work then yeah transferring might not be such a bad idea. You're a sophomore now, so keep your grades up and you should be able to do a UC-to-UC junior-level transfer as long as you can write a convincing personal statement. But be sure to check out the campuses you're thinking about to make sure you feel comfortable there.
  • randomgrandeurrandomgrandeur Registered User Posts: 671 Member
    You should just transfer and I hope next time, you will be more selective in the decision-making process.

    Picking a college for distance and ranking was just dumb on your part. No offense.
  • Irvine IvyIrvine Ivy Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    what do you mean by..."like people in your hometown?" If you were looking for a party atmosphere in UCI...fail.

    Btw, i hate this place too; so sterile, clean, plastic. I'm a HS senior, get me outta here.
  • TUOwls2011TUOwls2011 - Posts: 728 Member
    All I know is that my two friends at UCI love it, but considering I dont remember ever going to Irvine, I have nothing else to contribute on the matter. If you don't like it, transfer. I transferred out of the school I applied to ED after my first semester there, and am infinitely happier at where I am now.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    It is about 2 hours from home, far enough to assert my independence, but close enough to go home every other weekend if I wanted.

    This was actually the complaint of one of my friends that went to UCI. All of the dorms tend to empty out on weekends as all the local students flock home for free laundry and mom-cooked meals leaving nothing to do and nobody to hang out with.
  • chickenboi8008chickenboi8008 Registered User Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    Yeah, it's true that UCI is a commuter school but I still love it nonetheless.
    Have you been doing things to stimulate your time there? If all you do is go to class and stay in your dorm all day, of course your college life is not gonna be the best. You have to go out there, try looking at the clubs, organizations, fraternities/sororities and put yourself out there. Take advantage of everything the university offers.
    On the other hand, you might've chosen the wrong college for you, If you truly feel thats the case, then try transferring to another school you feel interested in. Don't base your decision of attending a college on distance and rankings (more importantly on the latter).
  • dramakitty92428dramakitty92428 Registered User Posts: 676 Member
    The problem with choosing schools based on ranking is that it doesn't actually rank the quality of workshops, professors, etc. It's something stupid like "which school saves the most money"?
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