« on: April 02, 2007, 09:15:19 PM »
The Admitted Students Weekend was great, very impressive on their part. It started out with a tour of the law school as well as the rest of campus, including seeing a classroom (very nice, modern, wired) and local hang outs for law students and professors. There were two panel discussions next: the first regarding the different concentrations students can have at the university, including first hand introductions to major professors who were serving on the panel. The professors were from very prestigious universities around the country (Harvard, Yale, etc.) and seemed very passionate about their jobs. After a very short break because they ran late, a student panel was held, which was very good, giving much insight into the actual experience that students will get if they attend UM. Definitely impressed with the level of commrodory (sp?) at the law school, everyone very willing to help out everyone and they all seemed to genuinly like each other. After lunch, where we all sat with various alumni and discussed their experiences at UM and their current jobs) was another panel, which I skipped because as informative as they were, to be honest, it was exhausting having to pay attention for that long in a crowded gym with awful acoustics. Members of financial aid talked to students about the amount of monetary assistance they had received, which was included in our information packet when we arrived that day. They said that they just mailed out the rest, so you guys should get them soon.
All in all, great school, not sure about you guys, but my decision is between here and Rutgers, and it all comes down to money, especially when tuition is 53K a year.
Hope that helped a little!
Funny how different two people can view the same thing. I was completely unimpressed with the ASW.It started out with breakfast in the quadrangle, a place not conducive at all for meeting people if you came later considering the lack of seating and small tables.
I also was unimpressed with everything put on by the university. I'm familiar with the city and really like South Miami, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove so I still may attend solely based on location.
Not only is the quadrangle not conducive to meeting people, the whole thing is rather tiny in size. There's somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 students enrolled and I'd be willing to bet that place gets crowded. I know not all 1500 will be on campus at one time, but its hard to believe there are congestion problems.
Then after 45 mins or so, with no introduction, the tour guides assembled their respective groups.
My guide was horrible. Someone asked about law review and she goes, "ummm I don't know anything about that...I think there's 5 or 6...Top 10% grade on and those ranked in top 11-50% get invited to write on....My grades suck and I didn't think it was important so I didn't worry about it." Everyone was just like, "wow."
The library was small and empty...Granted it was the weekend of their Barrister's Ball, but still.
The professor panel was just plain torture. 90 minutes of unenthusiastic presentation about very dry topics. They should have kept each speaker to 7-8 minutes, or canned 3 of the speakers. I really didn't need to hear every detail of all their backgrounds and what they specialize in. If I have a specific interest, I'll contact them on my own time. And yes, the acoustics were dreadful. I could not even hear half of what was said.
This wasn't too bad. Professor Vazquez (think I got that right) was really interesting. When the microphone went out he just kept going and didn't even break stride. He also started off by saying, "OK, you all have options and are considering other schools besides UM. Here's why you should choose us." Everyone else throughout the entire day made it seem like we were ALL SOLD and didn't try much to sell the school.
The student panel was equally as painful. I thought the entire piece could have been skipped. 10 students? It was a bit redundant and boring.
My guide was on the panel and was even more awful because this time it wasn't in front of the small group it was in front of about 500 plus people....At one point, there was tension on the panel with regard to finding support in minority student groups. One student totally debunked another's statement, which is fine, but this was done in a totally awkward way...Everyone around me couldn't believe she chose to not use her skills training and craft a better response. Looking at the stage, the girl that was second from the left was right on target with her answers as well as the two in the middle. The moderator was also a student from Seattle and point blank admitted that the UM Law degree won't go too far outside of South Florida when you first graduate. We all knew this and I, personally appreciated the fact that he was honest.
The lunch, after waiting on line for 20+ mins to get to the buffet, I was randomly seated at a table with people who I did not associate well with. To make matters worse, the alumni at my table was as exciting as watching the spelling bee on ESPN. Conversation was very dry, and she had no idea what to say.
I found this to be the most exciting. I had two alums at my table, one deals with Cross- Border Transactions and the other works at the Public Defenders Office. They weren't dry at all and actually had good advice to give us. When all of the Alums introduced themselves I remember being happy about the fact that I may be an alum one day. There was friendly competition amongst those that worked at rival offices.
I left by the end of lunch.
This is not to say UMiami is a bad school by any means, but I found the 6 hours I spent at the ASW to be very uninformative, very boring and very unconvincing. Yes, we know UMiami is the best school in Miami. Give me another reason to go there. I got none.
This is how I felt also, but after thinking about it I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt that most students probably are still undecided and its not the best choice economically to dig deep into the pockets and blow it on us. I also know, from living in Florida for a bit that to alot of students, $53K/year is not a problem at all. That being said, as long as they're in, they don't need the hard sell.I haven't completely ruled UM out, but I highly doubt I'll end up there. I was already leaning towards 1 or 2 other schools, and with that experience, it didn't pull UM to the front.
Most students hadn't even heard from all of their schools yet so I think a lot of people are in your same boat. I met a few kids in my section and the really cool ones said they probably won't end up there either.
I wish it did... it'd be the most cost effective school for me and the easiest school to attend should I leave NYC. However, I just didn't leave with the same feeling I left other school(s) with. The feeling of "wow, I must go here!".
Just my $.02.