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Does it seem hard to do well academically and have good social life at MSU?

mlboyd2013mlboyd2013 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
edited July 2012 in Michigan State University
I know that you go to college to study, but is that all you have time to do? Is the only way to do well is to study 24/7, or is there a good balance most students find when it comes to doing WELL and going to parties, sports games, and involvement in clubs?
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Replies to: Does it seem hard to do well academically and have good social life at MSU?

  • fa-la-la-lenafa-la-la-lena Registered User Posts: 2,844 Senior Member
    Wow you have a lot of questions lol. Anyways I'll answer them all here one by one.

    Q: Is the size of Michigan State overwhelming, or does it start to feel smaller as the year goes on?

    A: I don't think it is overwhelming at all. I was in a residential college that values smaller class sizes and student interaction, but I think it is not hard to find your niche (as you get to know people in your classes, join student organizations/play sports, and meet kids in your dorm, MSU feels a lot more friendly/close-knit).

    Q: Does it seem hard to do well academically and have a good social life at MSU?

    A: I would say it is not at all hard (but it does take self-discipline). Just about everyone I know at MSU is well-balanced and able to succeed academically while still having a vibrant social life. You have tons more free time in college to pursue what you want to do (whether getting a job, getting involved in clubs, going to parties) and you can make your class schedule fit with your lifestyle. You just have to be smart right off the bat (even as a freshman) and realize that there are going to be times when your friends want to party and that you should/have to stay in and study. And don't try to join more than 3 clubs. Find one or 2 you like and stick with it. No one needs to study 24/7 at MSU- even most engineering kids find time to have fun once in a while. It's all about the choices you make, and you can easily make choices that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

    Q: What is the workload like at MSU?

    A: Not hard if you are semi-intelligent and go to all your classes/visit your professors in office hours (obviously pre-med and engineering courses tend to be harder than other subjects). Some of the pre-business classes can be iffy for some (i.e. accounting and economics) especially if you don't like math and/or gigantic lecture halls. But if you put in the effort your grade will reflect that.

    Q: Does it seem like the size of classes makes doing well academically harder?

    A: Admittedly, some of the class sizes in your general ed classes will stink. They are way too huge, and the likelihood of getting to know your professors in these types of classes is slim. Some professors are better at lecture-style teaching than others, so take heed to what other students say about certain professors and get the ones that you hear are interesting. The overwhemingly large class size goes away for most if not all majors by junior year (where classes tend to be a lot more individualized, discussion-based. Junior year all my classes were less than 30 kids). Bottom line - class size does not make or break your grade. More important is the effort you put into the class (once again, don't skip unless it doesn't impact your grade) and the professor you have (some are great, some are not-so).

    Q: What's the best part about going to Michigan State University?

    A: As a recent alum, I loved almost everything about MSU. But I'd say probably the most standout things that I will always remember about MSU are going to its sporting events (football and basketball) and cheering on my spartans, and probably most importantly, the friends I made in college that I hope to stay in touch with for a very long time. The academics were pretty good/really liked my professors, I enjoyed the couple clubs I was in, and even enjoyed the myriad of on-campus jobs, but my friends and the school spirit were by far the best things about MSU for me personally.
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