Impressions Of
University of Georgia

Academic Experience

Male Advertising Major C/O 2019

Is there anything that you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
I think it’s really good at presenting opportunities for the students, especially through extracurriculars, whether it’s Advertising Club, Talking Dog, or [networking] mixers. We have a lot of great people come to our career fairs and a lot of great people come in as guest speakers. They’ll bring people in and we can get their information to maybe talk one on one with them or have a networking session with them afterward.

I had a great time going to Chicago with Grady [School of Journalism] to go on an agency tour with about 20 other kids. We visited all the biggest advertising, public relations, and media agencies. That was super eye-opening.

 

Female Women's Studies Major C/O 2021

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
For Women’s Studies, it’s very collaborative. We encourage each other to speak up because in the major the professors tend to step back so the students can learn from each other. We will do presentations and present research to the class, so it’s very peer-oriented.

How accessible are your professors?
They’ve been extremely accessible. I have one professor who has office hours outside of traditional work hours because she understands that her students have work and other classes. With other professors, if they don’t have work that day or they don’t have to be in their office, they would go wherever to meet the student.

Male International Affairs and History Double Major C/O 2021

Is there anything that you feel your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
International Affairs and History dives deep into specifics on different subjects, and they try to remain unbiased. Sometimes they feel pretty westernized, and it focuses solely on American or European history and fails to focus on Latin America, Asia, or African history.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
Because some classes can be harder, there are a lot of people who collaborate together. Everyone tries to help each other out, and I don’t think there is a heightened sense of competitiveness.

Do you feel that people are open to multiple schools of thought in the classroom?
I think professors try to make an environment where various schools of thought are welcome to be heard, but some students can provide rebuttals. Sometimes arguments will happen, but most of the time people are open to talking about different opinions of a topic.

Social Opportunities

Non-Binary Genetics Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
To be honest, I try to go to Atlanta or Duluth as much as possible because they have a lot more ethnic spots. As an LGBT person and a person of color, there are not a lot of nightlife spots for us because, usually, it’s the Greek life people who go downtown. For a person who wants to go downtown, I would recommend the gay bar, Church.

What have been some of your favorite times at Georgia?
Some of my favorite times have been getting involved in community service organizations. I’m involved with IMPACT-UGA, which is a really good time. It’s like an alternative break program where you go to different cities in the United States and learn about the community and issues in society. During the process, you make so many friends, so it’s been really enjoyable. I’ve also made a lot of my friends through the LGBT Resource Center.

What is your favorite multicultural event that happens on campus?
I had a lot of fun at Pride Prom, which is like a prom for LGBT students held by the Lambda Alliance. I also like Palestinian Cultural Night.

Male Advertising Major C/O 2019

What has been your experience having a foot in Greek life and foot in the arts community?
My roommate is in a fraternity so I got to go to frat parties, and I have friends in sororities so I’ve been to date nights and formals and stuff. That’s all been really fun and I’ve had positive experiences with that. I have friends who are theater majors and art majors and they’re a bit more lowkey, which is completely fine and sometimes I prefer that depending on the night. If I don’t want to get too drunk or too rowdy, I’d much rather hang out at their place. My friends have invited me to go to drag shows, concerts at the Georgia Theatre or at the 40 Watt. All those venues have great music circulating through.

What have been some of your favorite times at Georgia?
Our football season last year was incredible. I’ve never been that big of a Georgia football fan even though it was so close, but last year is when I got into it because when your team does well it’s fun. Going to the football games last year was a highlight. In general, a lot of my friends say some of their favorite experiences have been studying abroad.

Male International Affairs and History Double Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
There are a lot of University Union events that you can go to. They have different movies every weekend, and sometimes hypnotists come. The bar scene in Athens also does very well, and I like to do a mix of both. Some weekends I’ll go to a friend’s party, but I tend to not go to the bigger ones.

What are some of your favorite nights that the University Union hosts?
I like the free movies every weekend, and sometimes they will even have movie prescreenings.

Campus Culture

Male Advertising Major C/O 2018

How would you describe the overall social scene at Georgia?
It’s a very active social scene. There are plenty of bars. But, if alcohol’s not your thing, there are plenty of clubs you can join so you can find your niche. The clubs are a great way to get involved and find your friend group. There’s room for everyone at UGA.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientation mix socially?
Because of the bars racial profiling, it’s not the best when it comes to downtown. But, I have friends of all different races and sexual orientations. I can’t speak as much to different sexual orientations though because I just don’t notice it that much.

Male Advertising Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene at Georgia?
I think the social scene is great. It’s such a big school with so many different types of people that I genuinely feel that most people will be able to find a group or a pocket of people that they really enjoy spending time with, whether that’s in Greek life, art, theater, or whatever their interest is. It’s pretty accepting, but sometimes I still see racism here and there. We’re still in the south and I don’t judge UGA for that, it’s still a pretty progressive area. There’s an area called Normaltown, which is much more progressive and artsy area. It’s great for people that want an alternative to the downtown scene. That’s for people who want to go see spoken word poetry or an art installation and stuff like that.

As a person who is not in Greek life, what is the impact of Greek life on social life in your opinion?
I think the best thing that Greek life has to offer is connecting a lot of people who are not from Athens or are from out of state. It’s a great way to meet friends and always have something to do. There is something always going on with Greek life, whether it be date nights, socials, formals, or tailgating together. It presents a pretty great opportunity for that kind of stuff. It can be a little bit divisive, but it’s really what you make it.

Female Women's Studies Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the social scene?
There’s something for everyone and people are generally very nice. But, I would say there is a huge divide between Greek life and non-Greek life. If you’re in Greek life, then you’re in your own little bubble, I don’t even know what goes on in there. If you’re not in Greek life, there’s still a lot of variety for you. I think not being in Greek life has helped me meet more people who are like-minded and also different from me.

How strong are the Asian and People of Color communities on campus?
The People of Color community, in general, is pretty strong. Especially if racial or social justice issues come up, people will band together regardless of what race they are. The Asian community is very tight-knit for people within the same ethnic group, for example, Chinese with other Chinese people. Because we have such a huge international Asian population, people tend to branch off on their own. So, we’re connected but also divided.

How do you like the size of Georgia in terms of undergraduate enrollment? How was transitioning to a school with about [29,000] students?
At first, it was overwhelming because I wasn’t used to seeing that many people, but it’s actually turned out to be a blessing because there are so many people collaborate and learn from and so many different ideas that I can come across.

Athens, GA

Pros of

  • “It’s a small, residential town that feels homey. I wouldn’t want to go to college in Atlanta, but Atlanta is accessible.”
  • “Athens itself is so unique. I really don’t know how I’m going to live in a place that doesn’t have such a thriving music scene. We are so spoiled with the kinds of shows that come to Athens.”
  • “Because the city is so poor, students on campus who are aware of the disparity have taken action to create a lot of service organizations to build that connection between the school and the community. Taking part in that has helped me grow as a person because I got to see the difference of where you are born in front of my eyes.”

Cons of

  • “There are so many people and the downtown area is not that big. You’re always in a crowd. I didn’t really like the nightlife, but I know lots of other people do.”
  • “There is some crime. It’s not a lot, but it’s definitely there.” [The crime rate in Athens is higher than 74% of other Georgia cities and towns.]
  • “Overall, Athens-Clarke County is very poor.” [There is a 25% poverty rate.]
  • “If you don’t like the heat, then it’s not for you. Athens can get very hot, especially in the summer.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Non-Binary Genetics Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Georgia before entering as a freshman?
I wish I understood the process of receiving mental support or using the mental health resources because, although I don’t like the university health center for mental health resources, there are clinics you can go to for help that are easily accessible.

What is something that a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
If they’re passionate about something, like study abroad or research, they should take the time to explore that and reach out to those people by email. There are so many clubs and different ways to get involved, you can’t be lazy, you have to be very proactive.

Female Women's Studies Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective first-generation student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
I would encourage them to seek out programs like TRIO Student Support Services, the career center, and to reach out to your advisors and professors very early on. It’s important to build that strong foundation of mentors and a support group.

What is something that a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Visit the Trial Gardens.

Female Finance and Real Estate Double Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about Georgia before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew that rush wasn’t as intimidating as it seemed from the outside. [Freshman] girls don’t realize that you’re not trying to impress them, they’re trying to impress you. If I had known that I would have been a lot less nervous. I also wish I knew how important my freshman year was because I didn’t do as well and it dragged my GPA down, which was harder to pull up later on.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Drive around the outskirts of and the area by the baseball field. Go through downtown and you definitely need to go to one of the restaurants downtown.

Reasons to attend and not to attend University of Georgia

To Attend

  • “Athens is an amazing town. There are so many good restaurants and there’s a really fun nightlife. It’s also a great location because Atlanta is accessible and you can go 30-minutes outside of Atlanta and be in the country.”
  • “The football culture is unlike anything else. Everyone lives and breathes UGA Football.”
  • “There is always something to do and you’ll feel welcome here.”
  • “The campus is beautiful. I’m a very nature-oriented person, so having a school with good scenery has been important for mental health.”

To Not Attend

  • “Sometimes people get lost in the mix. If you don’t put yourself out there and get out of your comfort zone, you can get lost.”
  • “If you’re not good at balancing nightlife and Greek life with academics.”
  • “There are really big classes freshman year.”
  • “If you’re looking for somewhere that is a bit more prestigious or difficult academically. Depending on what your major is, it may not be the best school.”
  • “The mental health program’s budget is really limited. There is a limited number of sessions you can go to. If you have a lot of mental health conditions, UGA may not be the place for you unless you have a really good lead on who to speak to for counseling.”
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