The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Phylecia earned her bachelor’s degree in electronics art and animation from Ball State University in 2011. She specializes in english tutoring, as well as a number of other subjects. See what she had to say about her time at Ball State University:
Describe the campus setting and transportation options.
Phylecia: Ball State University (BSU) is a midsize coeducational university in Muncie, Indiana. The university has roughly over 20,000 students, is near affordable transportation, and is located in a traditional rural town. BSU offers several safety services, such as public safety advisories, public crime logs, and free on-campus transportation known as Charlie Charter.
How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?
Phylecia: The professors are always available. Many instructors provide a syllabus that includes their contact information (email and phone) and their office hours. Additionally, students are encouraged to schedule meetings with their academic advisors and teaching assistants.
How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?
Phylecia: I highly recommend that students live in a dorm during their first year at Ball State University. Dorm life enables freshmen to socialize with others, make lifelong friends, and most importantly, experience something worthwhile. BSU offers students several opportunities for them to socialize at events, such as Late Night and the Ball State Carnival.
Which majors/programs are best represented and supported?
Phylecia: Ball State University is known for its amazing teaching program. The Teacher’s College is ranked as one of the best professional education programs in the nation. The general education I received at BSU motivated me to continue my writing certificate at UCLA Extension.
How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?
Phylecia: It is fairly easy to make friends and meet people at Ball State University. BSU provides several activities, events, and organizations for students. Although Greek life is important, students are able to meet people through several student-run organizations, such as Black Student Association and the Excellence in Leadership Program.
How helpful is the Career Center and other student support services?
Phylecia: The Career Center is a great place to find jobs on and off campus. The advisors provide various services, such as career counseling, interview training, and internships for students. Additionally, the Career Center also holds several fairs for specific majors every year.
How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?
Phylecia: Study areas such as libraries, the Student Center, and dorm lounges are easily available and extremely spacious. My go-to study space is the gorgeous Bracken Library.
Describe the surrounding town.
Phylecia: Muncie, Indiana is considered a “college town.” Students can do various activities, such as going shopping, eating at five-star Yelp-rated restaurants, and drinking coffee at beautiful cafes. Muncie Gras (a Mardi Gras event) and the Ball State Carnival are fan favorites among students.
How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?
Phylecia: Ball State University is considered a midsize school. Lecture class sizes range between 75–100 students, whereas smaller class sizes are between 25–30 students. Most classes take place in smaller classrooms.
Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.
Phylecia: My favorite art instructor was Mr. Johnson. He was the head printmaking professor at Ball State University. Mr. Johnson was the first teacher to admit me into the highly rigorous art program and helped me nurture my skills.
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