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Wanting to come to Queens--good idea? [Oct. 20th, 2010|08:27 pm]
Queens College - CUNY


Hi QC'ers,
I'm a journalism student in Los Angeles and I'm hoping to do the National Student Exchange and come to Queens! Unfortunately all I really know about it what I learned from wikipedia and google maps (I can't believe that cemetery next door is so big!)

If anyone could answer a few questions for me I'd be very grateful!
1. Are there bike lanes? Is it a good place to bike?
2. What kind of crime is there? Will my bike or components get stolen if I leave it out over night?
3. Is there enough cheaper housing than The Summit? (4k/semester?! FFFFF)
4. What kind of subcultures are prevalent? (I realize that this might be hard to answer given the inherent undergroundness of many subcultures)
5. What's the weather like? How often is it sunny?
6. Is it very loud at night? Will I be able to sleep?
7. How hard is it to get a job there?
8. How long does it take to get to Manhattan via bike, zipcar, or public transit? Do people often go? Or are the other boroughs more popular?
9. What kind of events does the school do? Cal State Northridge (where I study now) has about 2 events a week, and they do hikes, movies, lectures, parties, contests, and fairs.
10. Anything else I should know/ask/consider?

Thank you very much!

[User Picture]From: tribblewing
2010-10-22 02:17 am (UTC)
1. No lanes, but you don't need lanes. And it's a great place to bike, if you want to simply bike to-and-from campus, not about-campus. Walking to classes is faster.
2. Petty thefts. But if you lock your bike by the main gate, where there's a bike rack and the campus security HQ, you can leave it there overnight.
3. No clue about housing. I was there before they built the Summit. Regardless, you're better off doing so off-campus. QC is smack between a Jewish and Asian neighborhood.
4. It's diverse. There's a Sci-Fi Anime Club. NYPIRG is big and active here. The college paper has professors working on it, so that's a good way to connect.
5. Just type in 11367 on Weather.com
6. Not really. Depends on your neighbors more than your neighborhood.
7. You can try for a Federal Work-Study. Again, it depends. Are you willing to work at a Starbucks or B&N? There's a Career Office here. They update their books weekly. See if they can set you up with anything.
8. You don't want to bike into Manhattan. Just take the train. It's 45 min. to reach Midtown from campus. Most people live in Queens & Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. Lots of great restaurants, supermarkets, and landmarks exist outside of Manhattan.
9. QC never had much of that. You can help make it that way if you can get chummy with the Student Organization.
10. I've no idea what L.A. is like, but you can do better than QC. QC is a commuter college. People who go there likely grew up in the area. Others attend cause it's cheap, convenient, and competent. You don't go to QC for an adventure. You use it to save time and money so you can afford to have adventures in the rest of NYC.
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[User Picture]From: zellal
2010-10-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Actually the school I go to now is considered a communter college, but I still love it. The reason I chose Queens is that it's the only school in NYC that has Magazine Journalism as a major option
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[User Picture]From: tribblewing
2010-10-23 10:36 am (UTC)
Seriously, 'Magazine Journalism'? Especially with the way print publishing is crumbling and morphing right now? (Note: I've a Media Studies B.A. from QC, w/ aspirations in book publishing, but I'm currently an online games journalist.)

FYI, I took Journalism 101 and Broadcast Journalism 2-3 years ago. There's good, experienced professors teaching, but the undergrad major was just a formal exercise in having someone force you to write and getting the professors to like you enough to pen you good recommendation letters down the road. (However, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism might be worth it for the high caliber of professionals, and much more mature students there.)

If you want an education, and because you're still in undergrad, you'd be better off taking non-journalism classes at QC. The same advice goes if you want classes to help you w/ journalism as a career. Cause you already seem to have the writing chops. All you need is technical know-how (e.g. software proficiency in things like WordPress, PhotoShop, etc.), a body of published work (e.g. school paper, or even a serious blog), and some proof to others that you're knowledgeable about the kinds of stories you wish to cover (e.g. science, politics, etc.). Also, you don't have to be taking journalism classes to work for the college paper. You can network w/ the profs. and get to write where they could evaluate you, so I'd advise you to spend your tuition in something else.

Anyway, I'll be around if you have more questions. If you do choose to come, feel free to give me a poke. I live like, 10 min. away from campus.
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