I think the great thing about PLNU is that there IS no typical social life. There’s no specific scene that you have to fit into. Like I said in my previous answer, glow with the flow was last night and a bunch of people went there to dance the night away on campus, but my roommates and I spent the evening cooking pumpkin pancakes and binge-watching American Horror Story. There’s no typical Loma life that I can see. And that’s great because however you like to spend your time, there’s always people that will want to do the same things you want to. I can only speak for myself, but my typical week consists of classes, working at the tutoring center, making dinner with my roommates, Literary Magazine, and sushi night once a week at Sushiya. I’m a chill person, but I’m also an extrovert and I love spending time with small groups of people :)
Hardly any really. PLNU is a dry campus meaning that alcohol is not allowed on it. In addition, we have a school covenant that you have to sign saying that while you are enrolled at PLNU, you will not consume alcohol. Now if you’re 21, you can still drink during Christmas and Summer break because you’re not enrolled then. Because of this, we’re not a party school in the typical sense. However, there are still parties here that are dry and the school is really good about making sure there’s fun on campus events to go to :) Glow with the Flow dance was last night so that’s a fun way to party and an excuse to wear glow in the dark stuff!
*In my best Hagrid voice* “If you know where to go…” No more than most campuses, but I have had a fair deal of female professors that definitely make it a point to educate ALL of their students, boys and girls, about the contributions of women to society. Some students (*ahem*malestudents*ahem*) don’t give them a fair representation because they don’t like the syllabuses to be so heavily focused on women. But considering that over 60% of our student body is female and we only had 2 boys in my literature class of 18 last year, it is only fair that we look at the world from a female perspective. If you’re up for some girl power classes, take deFrietas, Lyons-Pardue, and Dr. (Bettina Tate) Pedersen. They’re tough cookies but some of my favorites! Oh and, as always, I have to make a plug for the Spoken Word Club because there’s always some awesomely strong feminism going on there :)
I have 19.5 units that transferred in as electives, that’s 7 classes. More than a semester. It’s frustrating at times that these electives didn’t go towards anything but most of them I understand why. I took more social world classes than I needed and I changed my minor so my business classes don’t count either. The ones that are annoying are my lit classes that didn’t transfer but that’s what happens when the school you transfer from has weird requirements haha. It’s not the best, but I did get all of my other classes transferred so more than half of my credits. Just make sure you work closely with your academic advisor and transfer counselor and don’t be afraid to speak up if you think a class should be counted.
My first answer is yes, it is worth it. Even with long nights of homework and stressful midterms and roomate arguments, it will always be worth it. I was truly miserable at my first college so something had to change and it just so happened that PLNU was the right choice for me. It’s a challenging process trying to get everything together and keep track of the transfering while still keeping up your grades, but it’s worth it in the end. I didn’t live in the transfer dorms because I needed a handicap accessible room but I’ve been to Goodwin (transfer dorm) and it’s really nice. Fairly spacious and a good kitchen and lounge area. Making friends all over again is going to be hard no matter where you go, but I felt like everyone here was really kind and eager to meet you. It’s easy to find groups to fit into and with all the on campus events, you’re bound to meet new people.
Transfering was one of the best decisions I made. I was skeptical at the time and really really didn’t want to leave (my school freshman year was my dream school, after all; it was everything I had wanted) but I realized that I had changed a lot in a year and being a different person meant following my gut and starting over
Hmm the culture of PLNU… Well if I understand what you’re asking, I’d say that it is a very God-centered community. The church is present in all aspects of the school and it heavily influences it. As for the students, they’re pretty laid-back. There’s a time and a place to study and a time and a place to have fun so it’s easy to balance your life and make sure you get a little bit of both. Without a car, it’s harder to get to downtown, or what most people see as “San Diego”. You’ll definitely have friends with cars so you can always go out with them, but the shuttle won’t take you to downtown. HOWEVER, the off campus shuttle does go everywhere in the Point Loma area that you would need: Target, Trader Joes/Von’s, CVS, the mall, etc and it runs regularly and fairly late into the night so it’s easy to get anywhere you need to be. Residential life really depends on where you are and who you’re with. My hall last year was fantastic and we all got along and had events and Discipleship Group regularly. Same this year; my roomates and I spend a lot of time together outside of our apartment. For the most part, your RA will work really hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and included, but if that’s not the case, we definitely picked up a few vagabonds from other halls and adopted them as our own ;) Getting a job on campus is pretty easy! We have an on campus job board up on the website that always has something for everyone. Just upload your résumé early in the semmester and check back regularly to find a job you want!