The life on an American campus
Living on an American campus is almost like in the movies: everything is done for students and it's like a small city.
Every student can practice any sport he wants, early in the morning or late in the evening.
Everyone spends time in the library or in cafes studying.
The library is even open 24/24h during the week of final exams. I find that it is still different from the studies in France. French students do not have this “habit” to stay and work at the library until late at night every day. They do that only for the final exams. Whereas here everything is based on continual assessment and exams are only 15 or 20% of the final mark!
Students also have many places where they can relax, spend time playing pool between classes...
On campus, any problem is supported by the omnipresent campus’ security and when it snows, they clear it.
Living on campus is a real experience! It’s to benefit from the good atmosphere in the “houses”, have access to a great gym, a cafeteria with lots of choice (locals are however complaining about the lack of variety), a Starbucks, all doctors and even a university shuttle running after 8 p.m., when the city bus stops circulating.
Everything is here, within a few hundred meters.
Finally, as on any American campus sports teams are one of the main "attraction". Students choose the university mostly for the beauty of the campus or for its sports teams. Athletes are also very recognizable on campus because they never leave their caps, even in class or at the cafeteria!
At Salve, the campus is unique: students live in historic homes, which include several rooms.
The city of Newport is also very beautiful and original in its way, because there is no other place with this type of architecture, even small shops have a particular style.
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