As a Kennesaw State University senior, I will honestly say that it isn’t the perfect school. Registration can be a challenge, communication from the administration is inconsistent, athletics are taking over, essential classes sometimes require near-magic powers to get into, the lunchroom is overrated, and some professors teach their own hobbies and research interests rather than relevant course material. But I’d be willing to bet that a random poll of students from any state university would turn up exactly the same array of complaints. I have learned to love KSU and appreciate it for the quality education I feel I have received so far, overall.
So after hearing all the outcry and disparaging remarks from the Southern Poly crowd that have erupted since the announcement of the impending merger, I feel I must write in on behalf of the many talented, intelligent students and faculty at KSU and defend our academic honor.
From the way they are carrying on, a person would think that Southern Poly surpasses MIT as a wellspring of engineering brilliance. As for KSU, these people appear to see it as a cesspool of shiftless, beer-swilling fraternity idiots whose notebooks are as blank as their brains and whose diplomas aren’t worth the parchment paper they’re printed on. I feel that I’m not alone when I say that this attitude is insulting.
I chose KSU not as a last resort, but because it was close to home, affordable and seemed to be on its way up in the collegiate world. I imagine these are the same reasons that many people choose Southern Poly. There really isn’t a lot of difference between the two schools as far as I can see.
So instead of pretending that the “Stanford of the South” is merging with some unaccredited diploma mill and having the requisite hissy-fit, why can’t we be excited for the grand exchange of resources that this merger will bring, and the many possibilities for positive growth?