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3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot in Tokyo. It is usually only a minor hassle. Occasionally, there are hurricane conditions which cause a school closure. The winter is perhaps colder than the U.S.A. Mid-Atlantic region norm, but with less snow. Both the rain and cold weather prompt me to stay indoors. Mandatory commuting to campus requires walking or biking to a metro station, which is less convenient than on-campus housing on bad-weather days.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: At Temple's Tokyo Japan campus. There is a well-know Roppongi/drinking district. I have only gone there once for nightlife purposes. There is a cover charge for admission at some bars but it sometimes includes one free drink. I have heard of drinks being tainted so that customers can be robbed while unconscious, but that did not happen to me at "i-darts Tokyo". I have not heard of any on-campus parties. This campus location does not have dorms on-campus but rather in various locations around Tokyo. Alcohol was forbidden in my dorm but the administration complained or beer cans being found indoors and conducted room inspects after those incidents.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not seen drugs or alcohol on campus. I have also not seen or heard of the college administration attempting to discourage its use. Many professors and students make jokes about the student body getting drunk on the weekends, however, I have never been a partier or a drinker or cared to pretend that getting drunk was super-cool.

5 College Senior

Local Area: I mean, it's Philly! The area around the school is mostly residential and somewhat run-down/sketchy due to socioeconomic issues, but as long as you're respectful (pick up your trash, no loud parties on a Tuesday, etc) the locals can be very friendly. A quick subway/bus/regional rail/bike ride (or a 30-40 min walk, if you're into that) takes you into the heart of the city, where there are more restaurants, cultural sites, events, and stores than you could explore in your whole time here. We also have the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and the Union, and Temple will sometimes run promotions to get students to the games. I'm definitely hoping to live here after graduation as many other students do--although most of us move into slightly safer areas, the rent isn't as crazy as other big cities.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm a vegetarian, and I've never had a problem finding something tasty and fairly healthy to eat. Food trucks are the best thing ever and there's an incredible variety. Although they're technically parked on campus, they're run by individuals and have nothing to do with the school, so I'm counting them. There's also a farmer's market in the spring & fall, and a grocery store that sells some premade stuff too. As far as fast food, there's Qdoba, Subway, Dunkin, Wendy's, McDonalds, Insomnia Cookies, and tons of pizza and chinese places (some open till 3am!). There are a couple cheap breakfast/lunch diners hidden away too. Many places take "Diamond Dollars," which can come with your meal plan or be bought separately.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Temple has its own force of real Philly police officers (no "campus cops" here) who I've found to be generally pleasant and helpful. There are also security officers who patrol on bikes, and of course the quintessential college blue light poles where you can call for help. On campus areas are super safe and feel it. Obviously don't leave your stuff unattended in common areas though, not everyone in the world has morals. When going off campus, definitely walk with a buddy, but as long as you use common sense and don't walk with headphones in or while waving your phone around you should be fine.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Look for places on Craigslist! Landlords dominate the area (remember to read your lease thoroughly) but you can find plenty of cheap places. The off campus options promoted by the school are nice but more expensive. Sometimes you can even find a place with a driveway/parking lot. Living closer to campus is safer of course, but Temple has an awesome overnight shuttle that will take you right to your doorstep for free. Anyway, I've never had a problem (as a female) walking places at night, though I try to walk in groups/with a friend as often as possible.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have so many options for dining on campus. There is so many places to choose from, you never get sick of eating on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off-campus dining accepts Diamond Dollars (Temple's currency) which is very convenient to students.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a new program called The Walking Escort. If you feel unsafe and don't want to walk alone, you can text a number and a bike cop will come to you and escort you home. We also have bussed called TUr and Owl Loop that pick you up every 30 minutes and drive you to your dorm/housing.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being in the city, there is no way to get around diversity. It's great how many cultures you see on campus!

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Living in a dorm, there are a lot of policies. The guest policy is awful. You may only have one guest stay over at night.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process is stressful when you are a freshman and sophomore because you get last pick on all the classes. With classes with low capacity, it is hard to get in. A lot of students have to be fifth year students because of this issue.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major offers to internships that must be completed before graduation. It's great to get hands on experience before graduating college and entering the real world!

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have work study, but cannot find a job to receive it. It's awful.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have the best student section. Temple has a fan based club called "Cherry & White" that most of Temple's students partake in.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Walking in the city in the rain and snow is AWFUL! The puddles are too big to jump over, your shoes and socks will be wet.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't like living in a dorm because I felt like I was always being watched which made me uncomfortable. I didn't like having to sign my friends in when I had friends over and I didn't like my roommate that much.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Temple was pretty easy to apply to but it was waiting that was the worst part! I would say the most important part is how you present yourself in your essay and your SAT score. I didn't do that well in high school but I got a pretty decent SAT score.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan to get an internship this coming summer just so I can get some experience under my belt. I'm an Engineering major so I'm applying to multiple different companies.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: When I say that there's a class for everything at Temple, I mean it. There's classes that you didn't think existed. There's a yoga class, a glassblowing class, everything. There are plenty of study resources available and the Tech Center is open 24 hours during the week so getting stuff done late at night is easy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Engineering program is pretty strict and there's not really any wiggle room. It's difficult for STEM students to study abroad because our curriculum is so strict. Every teacher is willing to go the extra mile to make sure you succeed.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Temple is really awesome. There's something for everyone here and no one should feel out of place. Temple makes sure that they are there for you and there are so many FREE resources for students like the MSRC (Math and Science Resource Center), the writing center, advisors, the career center, resume workshops, and classes that literally revolve around getting ready for a real job.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Temple police are extremely present on campus and there's the "Blue Light System" where you can press a button on the pole and a police officer will be there within a minute to help you.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Temple is one of the most diverse schools on the east coast, hands down. There are so many different types of people here and there's a club for everyone. There's the rich kid who doesn't have to worry about paying for college and there's the kid who has 4 jobs plus goes to school just to pay for college. Everyone can find a place at Temple.

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Overall, Temple has its ups and downs, but students seem to love it all the same. On the downside, there can be some head-butts with tyrannical teachers, unfriendly cafeteria workers, and the always-frustrating financial aid office. Housing can cause an enormous hassle, and those commuting have to battle with parking or public transportation. Some people don’t feel as though they are prepared for the real world once they leave campus, but others say it’s been an incredible learning experience. Those students that love their experience at Temple all have their own reasons. Some love the atmosphere and found it to be a lot of fun. Others found it to be a great place to grow up and discover themselves. Lots of students take away more from living in a big city than they do from the University. But one thing it seems most students agree on is that the people at Temple University are what really make it a worthwhile experience.

In general, students coming to Temple have big expectations, from both the school and the city. Those that graduate either feel that Temple met their expectations, or if it didn’t, then it was their own fault for not pursuing more opportunities while they were there. Most students feel that Temple provides them with the opportunities that make their college experiences excellent—as long as they are willing to make use of them.

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