Marshall University was the school I called home for the best seven years of my life. I had my ups and downs with good semesters and a few bad semesters. I even changed my major in the middle which helped add a little time to my college career. To me Marshall was the place to learn and meet new people, but it is much more to many other people.
Huntington, West Virginia is stuck in between the north and south of the United States of America, but holds strong to many southern values, including hospitality. Friendly residents make the Marshall experience better and have made more than one lasting friendship with Marshall students. Located between Sixteenth Street and Twentieth Street in the center of town, Marshall has become a very essential part of Huntington, West Virginia. The school brings almost twenty thousand students into the town every year from both local areas and across the country.
Marshall has tried to stay current with the times and continue adding to the campus. A new science lab was recently built for the study of biology and genetic studies. The Drinko Library holds a vast array of local history collections and other materials which can aid any student in their research at Marshall. Computer labs located throughout campus also put the internet at the fingertips of students who wish to use them.
Sports are also a large part of the Marshall atmosphere. The football program brings in thousands of fans every year and strives every year to bring home another championship trophy. Girls softball and basketball also show the drive and determination of Marshall students with a number of trophies of their own. For those who do not want the structure of being on an actual team, there is usually a game of catch or football played out in the center of campus for those who wish to join.
Current and prospective students should always remember to be involved. The tuition paid by every student has already paid for the majority of activities and functions available to students and should be taken advantage of by every student. Students must pay for parking passes, but can find parking spots along the side streets down Fourth Avenue. Students can check for different activities on bulletin boards across campus or by going to the student center in the middle of campus.
So have fun and try to learn, but always remember that while the books are important, college is about having a little fun too.