Students Gain College Insight at LIU
By TIFFANI ARJOON
Midwood students entered the nest of the Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds on April 17, courtesy of the Midwood college office. LIU is a private university located in Downtown Brooklyn near Barclays Center.
Before being given a tour of the college, students were given audio receivers that allowed them to hear the tour guide without interrupting classes. A regular class size at LIU Brooklyn consists of 12-34 students to one faculty member, in comparison to the common auditorium setting of dozens of students to one faculty member.
There are three main bridges connecting all the buildings on campus.
“This is convenient because snowstorms and downpouring rain doesn’t prevent students from getting to their classes,” said the student ambassador giving the tour.
On campus there is a technology store named Browse that sells gadgets, mainly authorized Apple products and PCs, notebooks, tablets, and accessories like Beats headphones, at cheaper prices to students. You can take your newly bought products over to the five-floor Library Learning Center, which is a suitable area if you’d like a quiet place to study. The library also has stationed computers and printers as well.
The fitness center is another perk that comes with your tuition. They have scheduled Zumba classes, machines, a swimming pool on the lower level of the building, and more challenging activities like their rotating climbing wall.
LIU Brooklyn is known for their outstanding pharmaceutical department, but Midwood students also had the chance to explore LIU Brooklyn’s business, nursing, pre-med/bio, and computer science departments. Midwood students were split into groups and had the opportunity to converse and learn about their area of interest with a professor from the department.
In the business department, students asked questions about what classes would lead to a certain career.
“I am pleased with the information and feedback the professor gave me,” said Natasha Mousa ’20. “It allowed me to make a decision on what I want to major in when I get to college. She informed me of the process to become a lawyer, which I found very beneficial. She explained how I should be making decisions before going to college and gave me tons of feedback when I had questions.”
Obinna Agwuncha ’20, who was a part of the pre-med/bio group, said, “The tour at LIU was very insightful, and it’s unique features attracted me to the school. The professor for the medicine group gave us a glimpse at what the overall idea of medicine is and the process of getting into med school. I found the information very helpful.”
After the tour, Midwood students went to Forno Rosso for pasta. There is a large assortment of shopping and restaurant options around the LIU campus.
By Fall 2019, LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post, which is located Brookville, New York, will be merged. Signature black and white mascot colors will change to blue and yellow.
The school will undergo renovations during Summer 2019, tour guides said. Students will have classes on both campuses, and 30 shuttle buses will take them to and from the two campuses. This will be possible because LIU Brooklyn has entered into a partnership with the MTA.
LIU Brooklyn is also in partnership with Barclays Center. LIU Brooklyn had two gyms but one is being torn down in hopes of becoming a brand new theater like it once was when LIU Brooklyn was founded in 1926, with the help of Barclays Center.