Review of Emerson College

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar_gray By: Tiffany A., Alum Posted: April 16, 2011

My review

The Good:

Emerson College is a place for doers, self-starters, and entrepreneurs who are taught to approach the world by combining technical skills and knowledge with raw, edgy, creative imagination and talent. These essential ingredients aren’t learned through textbooks and theories.

I was empowered to stretch myself and take classes that weren’t directly tied to my major. The valuable expertise that I gained made me more marketable after graduation and continues to advance my career even today. Emerson College also gave me the confidence to pursue and obtain coveted internships that were typically reserved for “those other students at Harvard.”

Emerson graduates are ahead of the pack when they enter the real world and look for employment. In addition to Emerson’s vast network and resources, employers hire Emerson graduates because employers representing diverse industries know that Emerson College graduates are original thinkers who are skilled and trained in the latest methods and technologies related to their craft. They also appreciate and admire the fact that Emerson graduates aren’t afraid to push the envelope and try new things.

The Bad:

When I entered Emerson College in 1996, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t an academically rigorous place, which was important to me. Had I not been fortunate enough to be part of the Honors Program I probably would have transferred. However, academic standards have improved over the years. Despite my initial frustration I learned that the strength of an Emerson education isn't its academics. If you’re an independent creative thinker with a collaborative spirit, a visionary with passion and determination, or a problem solver who isn’t afraid to take risks, then Emerson College is the place for you.

Would I do it again?

Yes, The classes I took and my involvement in activities both in and outside the Emerson College community allowed me to combine my interests in writing and community service, which enabled me to work for many renowned organizations in the Boston and Washington, D.C. areas. Even during the challenges of the economic climate, I’ve remained on top of the world because I know how to reinvent myself no matter what I choose to pursue. I’ve also gained the greatest friends who continue to push me, inspire me, refine me, and keep me laughing through all my creative endeavors.

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