Meliora is latin for “ever better”. But what’s the word to describe things that have not improved, or worse, when things have actually diminished in quality?
Here are a few of my least favorite things that I’ve had to deal with at the University of Rochester.
10. It’s cold here!
Really cold. And while it’s nice that they provide tunnels, there just aren’t enough. Also, they have somehow managed to design the campus so it is the windiest place in the world at all times of the year.
9. Friends studying abroad.
This isn’t really the University’s fault, other than they sponsor the programs. But it’s pretty sad when during the fall semester of my fourth year, most of my friends left for more interesting and warmer places, like Australia and Egypt. It was kind of lonely.
8. Organic Chemistry.
Two words: hazing class. It was hard for the sake of being hard.
7. Poor Snow Clean-Up.
It’s Rochester. It can snow a lot here. So you would assume that the university is used to this sort of thing, and would know how to deal with it properly. No, instead they either throw salt on top of snow, effectively making it into slush and more slippery than it was before, or they don’t do anything. Yes, it is true that they’ve even asked us to bring our own shovels to work/class. I mean…what?!
6. Mean Pit Workers.
The last thing I want with my hamburger or BLT is sass.
5. The (Lame) Fire Code.
I’m totally cool with having a fire code. What I do not like is being placed in a poorly-lit dorm room, inside of which I am expected to be able to study. So then when I provide my own necessary light sources, they are consistently confiscated because they are in violation of the University’s fire codes. It’s also very frustrating trying to coordinate with ResLife to arrange a time to pick-up said confiscated items.
4. Parking Costs.
Don’t even get me started. When you are paying between $200 and $400 for a spot per (academic) year, I expect some mighty fine parking lots. Instead we get these cramped little spaces and (once again) poor snow clean-up. So when it snows, we are all essentially parking in our own personal $200-$400 snow mounds.
3. The Housing Lottery.
There just isn’t enough housing for the people that they are admitting. Instead of letting sophomores move off campus, they require you to live there your sophomore year, but give you the least amount of housing points. So if you are a sophomore, you will either be stuck in limbo until August, with no housing available or you will be lucky enough to get one of the crappiest dorms on campus. This includes GLC, which I don’t even consider to be on campus, since some off-campus housing is actually closer to the campus. This is why I avoided the housing lottery until I was a senior and had accumulated a lot of points.
2. Tuition Costs.
Eventually the education just won’t be worth it. With tuition, room and board, and miscellaneous costs now looming around $54,000 per year, I don’t know who can afford it without significant external financial assistance.
1. Poor Food.
Despite the University raising the cost for tuition, the meal plans AND the food, the quality is absolutely horrific. There is no consistency from day to day. It’s not okay to pay around $10 (declining money, of course) to get into Danforth (what they call an “all-you-care-to-eat” dining option) and then the only edible thing there ends up being cereal. And if you want a Blimpie from The Pit, you might as well make it yourself because I’ve lost track the number of times I’ve requested a few toppings on a sandwich and they’ve been forgotten. If you get to a point in your life where you can’t even make a sandwich correctly, it’s time for you to throw in the towel.