Reviews for Lesley University
Lesley University is a nice school. what drew me to it and what I liked most about it is its size. It is small and the campus is very compact, which makes it easy to get around. it's not confusing or overwhelming. However, it's biggest flaw is the financial aid department. I myself, along with friends of mine, have all run into the same problem of being told that we are covered for paying for the semester, and then a week later, being told we owe a certain amount of money that wasn't there before. it's frustrating if you have to take out another loan. I've also found it very difficult to get an answer out of them about why exactly I suddenly owe this money, or what I can do besides a loan to take care of it, or even, after you get a loan, if the loan went through and you're all set now. Every time I have to call my dad, because I spend weeks asking and i never get a clear answer, but he does; and while I'm grateful that one of us did, having to ask my dad to help me with something like that, doesn't make me feel very independent. which to me that is how you are supposed to feel in college; independent. This is also frustrating because then I'm so worried about this hold on my account that it starts to take me away from my school work; because if i don't take care of it, then i wont be able to see my grades, or sign up for classes, or get housing. I wish they had a better system for the financial aid.
The class sizes at Lesley are great. they are small, usually 15-25, which would mean one on one time with your professor if you need it. While most teachers are good for the one on one time, some of them aren't. Some of the teachers you really have to push for them to take the time to meet with you. However, most of the professors are nice, they are very insightful and they really know what they're talking about. They find a way to make teaching fun. the workload, depending on what your major is, can be very overwhelming. It can stop you from really having a social life, sometimes you can't even get a break for yourself. A lot of the time with me, my homework keeps me up until 2 or 3 AM and then I have to get up the next morning and do it again. It feels almost as if the teachers forget you have other classes and other work with the amount they give you. Also, sometimes when there are projects or papers due, the teacher waits until about a week and a half before its due and then fully explains what to do, then they say, don't wait until the last minute to do this, but sometimes you don't have a choice. A lot of students, need to set a schedule for the semester, because without one, a lot of homework doesn't get done on time and a lot of students become in danger of failing a class.
The student life here, is basically the same as high school. There are a lot of cliques and a lot of drama. At first it is frustrating, but if you just keep your head up and stay focused on what you need to do and find the people that you like, that like you, you learn to start to ignore it and it just doesn't matter anymore. The clubs and organizations on the other hand are great. the variety that they have here is fantastic, and you can always find at least one that you can join that will fit in your schedule. Sometimes even, if there is a club you want to join, they will have a discussion about when the meetings should take place for the club, and you can voice your opinion then. You could even e-mail them and tell them that you really want to be in the club but you can't meet on the designated night, maybe the club will be able to do something for you. the campus safety is good. They are located right in the middle of everything with a big window so they can see everything. they walk around campus a lot so there is always someone around if you need them. and if you are walking back to your dorm at night and don't feel safe walking alone, you can call them and someone will come meet you and walk with you. they are very helpful and do good at there job. As for the athletics, although I am an art student and not so much into the sports, I am always being told about how great our teams are. We win and lose with grace and support each other. we also have a lot of school spirit, there is always something rooting on our teams.
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