I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) which is about 90 minutes inland from Boston in a rural area. The campus has almost 30,000 students enrolled there and we were spread across a beautiful area of land, near the little town of Amherst. I went from a campus university in the UK to a campus university in the USA but the size was very different and everything felt bigger and was much more self-contained and the students were catered for really well.
While at UMass I studied for two semesters and completed 10 different units across the year. I didn’t get to choose all of my classes because there were mandatory classes I had to take in order to meet the academic requirements for my UK degree. However, my other UK exchange friends were able to study anything they wanted and they had such a variety of subjects to choose from. They all really enjoyed the opportunity to study subjects that were unrelated to their chosen degree, which they would not have been able to do in the UK. I enjoyed the classes so much and each class had a different style. Some were large lectures while others were small discussion groups and others had a more formal classroom style of teaching. Grades were assessed by exams, both written and multiple choice, by essay writing, attendance and even by participation or a presentation. It was all quite different to the style I was used to at home.
What did you do out side of study?