Carolyn! I have a question about syracuse!!

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By Smeralda (Smeralda) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 12:25 pm: Edit

Hi Carolyn!!! It seems that you are a specialist for all journalism matters...I therefore hope you can answer my questions: I know you are a newhouse alum so your comments are very important for me. I got accepted to Newhouse and BU for a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism.
1. As I am an international student who travelled extensively and lived most of my life in large metropoles, I wonder if I can adapt to Syracuse's small town life! Bu would be much easier since its a cosmopolitan city. What do you think?
2. Newhouse's graduate program requires one to take a few radio classes... Since the program only lasts one year, I feel that I would waste some time taking classes that I don not like. Bu on the cntrary has a much more liberal approach. The curriculum is more flexible. What can you say being an alumn?
3. Is the social life that bad?!?!?!?!?
4. Let's summarize it: BU vs SU... I have to take a decision pretty soon!!! Help me!!!!
Thank you so muchhhhhh!!!!!

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 08:38 pm: Edit

I'm biased obviously but I think the Newhouse school is better than BU.

BU has a decent program but Newhouse simply has a better overall program, outstanding facilities and faculty, and an amazing list of successful alumni. I also had the choice between BU and SU and chose SU after talking with the faculty.

I have a close friend who is actually on the Newhouse Board of Directors (he himself is an alumn who owns a major public relations agency) and he says the school has only become better since we were students. I can speak from personal experience in saying the job placement through Syracuse is very good - and many times I have gained an "edge" in job hunts because my degree was from Syracuse, even here on the west coast.
I think SU does a very good job of keeping on top of what skills graduates will actually need when they hit the job market - some of the classes I was required to take I didn't think would be useful at the time but I still actually USE the skills and information from every class I took nearly 20 years later.

Syracuse is NOT "small town USA" by any stretch of the imagination. It is a fairly large city with many options in terms of living arrangements, internships, shopping, entertainment, jobs, etc. The university itself is diverse with a huge population of international students and I found there was so much going on on-campus that I was never bored.

The only real negative with Syracuse is the weather - it is definitely cold and snowy. But then, so is Boston.

I hope no one thinks I'm trying to bash BU - it has a good program but I'd say SU's communications school has a definite edge in many ways. However, only you can decide if that edge is enough to overcome the other factors that will weigh in your decision. As always, trust your instincts about where you'd be most comfortable --- Good luck!

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