Apr. 25th, 2008 @ 01:37 pm
So basically, I'm applying to Fordham LC as a transfer. My application is really close to being finalized. I'm just cleaning up my entry letter and making everything shiny and pristine.
The only thing I'm worried about is my GPA. It's in the 3.2 to 3.3 margin. No SAT scores because I have more than 2 years in college. I'm applying as a communications major with a concentration on journalism. I've spoken with members of the faculty, including Professor Elizabeth Stone, and I've acclimated myself with the school newspaper (which is excellent, to anyone who belongs on it). I have a lot going for me as a journalism major as I have plenty of experience in the field of journalism, and I'd say I have a B+ to A- average, but I'm very, very nervous about the GPA thing.
So what are my chances of getting in? Also, to anyone in the communications department, what are the pros and cons?
I can't say with much accuracy what your chances are since I graduated in 2005 from RH. Standards have changed since then. You probably have a decent chance though. Start looking for off campus housing now, just in case. Housing on campus for transfers is quite tight, and not all transfers get it. Then they post here saying they can't go because they didn't find housing. Plan ahead!
Thank you for the tips. That's another concern of mine. I've spoken with the campus consistently and they wont put me on the wait list til after I've been accepted, which is frustrating since I'd much prefer to dorm as I'm from California.
I think you'll be all right... that's probably the average GPA in the major.
You can put yourself on the housing waitlist as soon as you are accepted, if you are. Good luck!
If I might ask, how do you like going to Fordham?
I love it.
Like anything else, it's what you make of it.
I'm a Sociology and Women's Studies double major... and I try to take as many film, anthropology, and political science classes as I can as well.
I'm also involved with choir and some clubs, and I'll be an RA next year... There are plenty of events--too many to go to most of the time. Generally, my professors have been thought-provoking and I've learned something.
The Observer is always looking for people, so I'm sure you'd be able to get involved with that. (And there are a handful of other magazines going around.)
That's what I believe, too. It is what you make of it. I've been wanting to go for about a year now. I've been attending a community college in Palm Desert, CA for a few years now and it's a smallish sort of place with 35 person-sized classrooms and pretty good professors. I liked the vibes I got from Fordham on my visit last November, so I'm really hoping to get in.
What's funny is that the Observer website uses the same sort of web publishing software as the one at my college. I'm the online editor, so I pick up these things. It made me giddy inside. Yeah, I'm geeky. But it looks like a good paper.
|Date:||April 27th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)|| |
I'm an editor for the paper (Copy Editor for Spring of 2007, Online and Copy Editor Fall 2007-Spring 2008 and I will be the Managing Editor for next year's board). We are actually in the process of switching over from CollegePublisher 4 to CP5. And we are ALWAYS looking for new people, especially people with online experience. If you have any specific questions, feel free to facebook me. My name is under staff on the Fordham web site.
Ah, it's a pleasure to meet you, I wanted to meet some people from the paper. :) It's a small world after all. I have to ask, how do you like the journalism classes over at FCLC?
|Date:||April 25th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)|| |
You're GPA is fine. I was a transfer to LC and I'm pretty sure my GPA was around the same.
|Date:||April 25th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)|| |
(And it's gone up at Fordham, so that's a plus)
If you don't mind me asking - when did you apply? I know they've gotten a lot more finicky over the years.
|Date:||April 25th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Okay! God, I hope I get in.
|Date:||April 27th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)|| |
My daughter has been accepted at Fordham LC and Skidmore; wait listed at Emory and Tufts. Deciding between Fordham LC and Skidmore presents these contrasts...Skidmore affirming community and she could major in the theatre program...Fordham...not accepted in the performance tract...can minor in theatre and reaudition in the spring of her freshman year or choose to wait and do it in the spring of her sophomore year...competition will be stiff...usually take 1 or 2 students.....if selects Fordham would major in English and minor in theatre, flipping this if she is able to get in performance tract, at Skidmore she would major in theatre and minor or double major in English...loves New York City...not wild about Saratoga Springs or the amount of snow she would have to deal with....loves Skidmore's programing as well as Fordham's...
anyone know how theatre minors are treated at Fordham...are they valued and included...she loved the warmth and respect between the theatre professors and their students...is this true in other disciplines?
community seemed easier to happen at Skidmore...anyone have any thoughts about Fordham...
|Date:||April 29th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)|| |
I was a theater minor and I felt like such a part of the theater community there. I have done quite a few shows after college with Fordham alumni and people I met through Fordham alumni, and I know many other theater minors who have gone on to do theater after college.
I loved the theater professors at Fordham. One of them, who I never even had as a professor, but have worked with multiple times on shows, wrote my graduate school recommendations.
I never wanted to be a theater major. Theater majors spend so much of their time doing theater that all their friends are other theater majors and they don't have time for a lot of extracurricular activities. A lot of theater majors don't even have time for a minor.
As a minor, I got the same education they did, I just stopped at lower levels, and I made the same connections. I am starting a MFA program in Theater Management in the fall. AND I had a wider, more diverse circle of friends, time to relax and enjoy myself, and a major I can fall back on.
I'm not saying she shouldn't audition again at some point, but I can't say enough for the theater minor.
There is definitely a community at FCLC. It just might be less evident because so many people go off-campus. But if you look for it, it's there.
Though I went to Fordham, I'd recommend Skidmore in this case, if she's really serious about theater. Saratoga Springs is a great town, though I haven't spent time there in the winter.
However, she might change her mind and not really want to major in theater after all. The poster above me has good things to say about the theater minor. I wasn't in that minor, so I can't say anything about it. I did take one theater class for non-majors though, and it was great. I also took photography classes as a non-art majors, and was taken fairly seriously there as well.
I went to RH, so I can't say that much about LC either. However, most everyone I know who went to LC and was involved with the theater program in any capacity was happy with it.