What's the deal with PUC?
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 00:10
Whenever people ask me why I chose PUC, I always hesitate to answer them. I'm always wondering if they plan on talking trash about the school or if they are actually wondering why I decided not to go away for school. To be perfectly honest, it was not my first choice, but through my years of high school I realized that college was expensive and that on top of tuition I would have to pay for wherever I was staying and food. Eventually, I knew that I would have to settle for somewhere in-state. Then, after I figured out my major, I kept telling myself “a year or two at PUC for general education classes then I'll just transfer.”
Once again, reality sank in and I decided to stay. At first, I hated staying home and dealing with my parents and always seeing people I never wanted to see again. But alas, I got over myself and just focused on school. Now I'm only three semesters away from graduation, and I am glad I stayed. Why PUC has such a stigma against it is beyond me. The university must be doing something right since students come from all over the region, and even from Illinois cities such as Joliet and Wheeling and Plainfield. I feel like every university has something that the students absolutely can't stand about it. Whether it is the student-to-teacher ratio, the database the school uses, poor communication, lack of advanced material, horrible teachers or no variation in activities on campus, there is always something.
One of my biggest issues with this university is that PUC has no band. I had dedicated a giant chunk of my childhood and teenage years playing in concert and marching band, so it was a bit of a disappointment that I wouldn’t be able to continue into my college years. Hopefully PUC will get a band before I graduate, but that isn’t very likely.
Whatever the reason may be, it shouldn't really matter. What should matter is how you feel about being here. I feel pretty good about studying here. I’ve been able to gain experience in a field I plan on going into after I graduate. I’ve made some wonderful new friends and have taught by some fantastic professors. You may be here for a year or two and plan on transferring, but if your major is here and everything else you need is here, then why not just stay and save money and time? Everyone has their pet peeves with this school, but you just have to decide if you’re going to let them stop you from getting the degree that you want.