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Facilities 校园设施

(2010-07-12 15:50:28)
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matt

迈潇

教育

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Colleges and universities have a range of facilities, which greatly affect the student experience.  There are libraries, laboratories, dormitories, athletic centers, music halls, photography studios, etc. These facilities influence not only academics, but also students’ personal and social lives.  Therefore, when considering schools, it is important that you look into their facilities to ensure they satisfy your preferences. 


First, you should consider what is most important to you. Do you plan to pursue science and want access to state-of-the-art research facilities?  Are you an aspiring musician who will need practice rooms and performance halls?  Do you play sports and require exercise facilities and athletic complexes?  No matter what it is that you will require, you should check to see whether the school you are considering has it.  Moreover, be sure to look into the condition of the facilities, as well as their accessibility to students (in particular, undergraduates).  Of course, it is best to evaluate a school’s facilities in person, as you can actually tour through some of them.  However, you can get a good sense of what’s available from school websites.  As an example, let’s take a look at the research facilities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the athletics facilities at University of Michigan. 


From MIT’s website, you can directly navigate to a page devoted to the school’s research, where you can explore the facilities of various departments and programs. For example, if you are interested in nuclear science and engineering, the school has a nearly 2,000-square-meter Materials Science and Technology Laboratory, a Scanning Electron Microscope Facility, and a Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, among others.  If you are interested in biology, the school has a BioMicro Center, a Biophysical Instrumentation Facility, and a Biopolymers Laboratory, among others.  In many areas, MIT offers a wealth of research facilities, which will allow students to explore the sciences to a depth not possible at most other schools.  This will not only enrich coursework during college, but also prepare students for the next step after graduation.  These are huge advantages if you wish to pursue a field involving scientific research. 


On the other hand, you may not care as much about research facilities as you do about athletics facilities.  For the latter, it is often good to look to large, sports-oriented universities, such as the University of Michigan.  Of course, the school offers impressive facilities for varsity athletics, such as a football stadium with a capacity of over 100,000 people.  However, there are also numerous facilities open to all students just looking to stay active and have fun.  For example, there is the Central Campus Recreation Building, which houses basketball and volleyball courts, a track, a pool, fitness rooms, etc.  There are also numerous outdoor fields for soccer, rugby, softball, and other sports.  Such facilities certainly add to the social atmosphere of the school, not to mention the physical health of its student population. 


In terms of facilities, colleges and universities truly have a tremendous amount to offer.  As you conduct your search, look for schools that have what you want – whether it’s a particle accelerator or a ceramics studio.  Doing so will ensure that your four years on campus are as enriching as possible.


-Matt迈潇


大学和学院所拥有的一系列设施极大地影响了学生们的在校体验。园设 施包括:图书馆,实验室,宿舍,体育活动中心,音乐厅以及摄影工作室等等。这些设施不仅影响学生的学习生活,也关系到学生的个人和社 交生活。因此,选校时查看你是否喜欢学校的设施就变得尤其重要了。 


首先,你需要考虑什么对你来说是最重要的。你是打算追求科学事业并 且因此想得到最先进的研究设备呢?还是作为一个充满激情的音乐家,你需要用于练习的房间和演奏大厅?又或者你热爱运动,需 要运动设备和体育场馆?不管你需要什么,你都需要查看学校是否提供相应设施。此外,确保设施的状况良好,以及对于学生的开放程度(尤 其是对于本科生)也同样重要。当然,能亲自到这所学校并现场查看这些设施是最好的检查方法。然而如果不能,你也可以 从学校的网站上对设施情况有一个很好的认识。举例来说,我们可以从网页上看到麻省理工学院的研究设备和密歇根大学的运动设施。 


麻省理工学院的网页上,你可以直接点击进入一个页面去浏览学校不同院系和项目的研究设备。例如,如果你对核科学和工程学感兴趣你会发现学院有一个接近2000平方米的材料科学和技术实验室,一 套完善的扫描电子显微镜设备和核反应堆实验室;如果你热爱生物,你会在这里找到BioMicro中心,生物物理学测试设备,和生物聚合物实验室。麻 省理工学院在很多研究领域都提供了丰富的设备,这使学生得以在一个其他学校不能达到的深度层面上进行科学研究。这将不仅丰富大学期间 的课程内容,也为学生毕业后的进一步发展奠定了基础。如果你想进行科学研究,麻省理工学院将赋予你极大优势。 


从另一方面来说,在你心目中,也许研究设备没有运动设施那么重要。对 于这种情况,你需要寻找的是以运动为导向的大学,例如密歇根大学。学校为大学运动校队提供了令人难忘的运动设备,比如说一个能容纳100,000人的足球场馆。当然,如果你只是 想运动娱乐,学校也有开放给 全体学生的各种其他运动设施。比如说,学校安排了 一整栋楼作为校园娱乐运动中心,其中有篮球和排球场地,跑道,游泳池,健身房等等。此外,用来进行足球,橄榄球和垒球等运 动的户外场地也可以在校园里找到。 这些设施极大的增强了学校的社会气氛,更不用说学生在运动中增强身体素质所带来的好处了。 


就校园设施而言,学院和大学的确有很多可以提供。当你开始选校时,寻 找有你喜欢设施的学校---不管那是一个粒子加速器还是陶艺工作室。这将使你的四年大学生活在最大程度上变得丰富多彩。


-迈潇

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