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Old 11-30-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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I'm a junior in high school and thinking about where I want to apply to college in the next year. I'm from the midwest and I plan to go to college in Florida because I have family down there and the weather sure beats the midwest's! The University of Tampa is a school I've had a lot of interest in. I plan to double-major in Marketing and Journalism because I want to eventually work for a magazine. Is UT thought of highly in either of those areas? How is the school overall? I've seen negative comments about it from years ago, but I've heard a lot has changed since then.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You honestly think there will be any future in magazine journalism by the time you graduate college? Do a little research on the industry before you make that decision...

Also, hope your parents are filthy rich because UT is quite expensive, and then having to pay for housing, etc

I think academically, UT is ok. It's not IVY LEAGUE or anything, but it's on-par with some of the lesser state universities in Florida.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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i agree. rethink your choice.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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OP,
Be careful who you listen to. This is just a message board; there are some "crazy" posters here that can mislead you. By the way, Univ of Tampa is an outstanding school for several programs - I'm not sure about the programs you're contemplating. Good luck with your career choice.

http://www.forbes.com/colleges/the-university-of-tampa/

http://www.ut.edu/recognitions/

There may be several threads on University of Tampa that you can find using the search function of this message board.


Good luck....

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Regardless of where you go, Journalism as you may know it, or envision it, is a dead vocation within a decade.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I know several people in the industry, they figure they will not have a job in 5 years. Newspapers are going under, the rest of print media is dying at an alarming rate, TV is not hiring employees, they are starting to rely on freelancers or amateurs submitting stuff, paying little or nothing

Here, this ought to tell you something.

CNN Fires Editors & Photojournalists Because Amateurs Will Work for Free
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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If you like Florida's warm weather and you are still a junior in hs I would try and raise your grades and take a few SAT courses and set your sights way above UT...like UF,FSU or UCF!
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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College life can be busy. Going to a school because of the climate was the absolute last thing I thought of when I selected my schools. Generally, you'll likely be so busy that you won't have time to enjoy the warm (or hot) weather anyway. It does make sense to be near family, though as they can be there for you if you need support/help and during the holidays when you'll want to get away from campus. Sometimes having family too close, it'll take away from your studies and will keep you from doing things with your classmates because of the temptation to visit family a lot of the time.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Downtown Tampa
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My sister went to UF and my girlfriend went UT. They both loved where they went but their experiences were far different. Just opinions here, if you want a more involved education for an undergrad a private school is the way to go if you can afford it. Your class sizes are much smaller and you get far more interaction with professors. There is a reason UT is more expensive. Try seeing a student advisor or administrator at public school when you have questions. My sister had some class sizes in the hundreds and some classes were online or on her tv!? She completed her graduate degree through UF at significantly lower cost than the girlfriend did though. Not saying one school is better than the other, it's just what type of learning experience are you looking to get.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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Good point. I left USF after my sophomore year because many of my classes had up to 300 people to one professor.
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