As the semester comes to a close many students are preparing to graduate.
Seniors, such as myself, are finally completing a huge chapter in life and are ready to take the next step in their lives.
I think I speak for all seniors graduating when I say that it was a memorable ride. But I think I also speak for them when I say that we wish school provided more to us.
Although CCSJ gave us a great education and helped us cross paths with some great people, the school lacked giving students a full college experience.
I spoke with several class of ’18 students, as well as former CCSJ alumni, about things the school could do to help students have more of a college experience. Here’s some of the things they listed.
The school has been working on this for a couple of year now, but since we don’t have any yet, they made the list.
Dorms provide students an opportunity to live with other college students. It would help people be social with one another and makes the college experience more enjoyable.
Dorms also allows students to be on campus more often. This would have an impact on school spirit and participation for events held by the school. Living off campus can be tough, especially since many students have to drive to get to campus.
Better Facilities For Sports Teams
The majority of the student body here at CCSJ are athletes. And although we have indoor basketball gym, outdoor sports such as baseball, softball, and soccer are limited to the things they can do over the winter.
This is crucial for student athletes. Other universities provided facilities for their sports teams to perform at their best.
Not having these facilities can influence students to want to leave the institution for one that can provide the necessary facilities for them.
After all, no one grows up saying “my dream is to play for CCSJ athletics.” For most athletes, their reasoning for attending CCSJ is because of athletics, and when the athletics and facilities are bad, students will start looking at other options.
Students attending CCSJ have traditionally been from about a four hour radius from campus. But in recent years, students are coming from all over the country.
From New York, to Florida, to California, to Oregon. This means that some students now have to fly home. And as we all know, plane tickets sky rocket for the holiday.
Some of these students are forced to miss Thanksgiving with their families because we are only given Thursday and Friday off.
Students should be giving that week off of school to have plenty of time to spend with their families.
Online and Summer/Fall Classes
The average student spends 9 semesters to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from CCSJ.
Mainly because 90% of required courses are only offered in a classroom in either the fall/spring. Even the summer and fall courses are mainly used for electives instead of general education classes.
If this were available to students, the graduation rate would go up, and enrollment would increase.
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