*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!
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The scariest part for me was that I was worried I wouldn’t be accepted to any schools. I applied to five out of high school, was accepted to one, and wait-listed for Point Loma. When I applied a second time, I only sent in applications to three schools so my odds weren’t as good. Luckily I was accepted to two right away since my grades were better in college so that was a weight off my shoulders. It took a little while to make friends since I’m not the most outgoing person, but a lot of my friends were people on my hall I was with Freshman (you would be with other transfers) so everyone was new and it made it a little easier. I eventually made friends with people who had already been there, but most of my close friends (aside from my roommate) are either transfers or were freshmen last year. I actually transferred in fall 2012 so this is my fourth semester at Point Loma. I was at a four year college for my freshman year and took a few classes at a community college for my sophomore year, but I wasn’t a full time student (the school was way impacted so it was hard to get classes). The best thing about Point Loma is definitely how friendly the people are. It’s easy to get to know everyone and I’ve been a lot happier, mostly because I’m around happy people and I’m not afraid to be myself. To be honest, there is some pressure to fit into the PLNU lifestyle, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I came from a school that was definitely on the party side, and have never really been part of “the whole church thing” so I felt like I stuck out some when I came here. At first I was worried that people would judge me for the people I hang out with or for my unconventional beliefs and sometimes I still get that, but I’ve found some really great people here and a niche that I fit into. Just goes to show you there’s not just one type of Point Loma student and we have a little something for everyone!