What are some other things you liked that Mona Western had to offer, that Mona didn’t? (pro/cons of both campuses).
You guys, this is my absolute favourite topic (barring Doctor Who, Jane Austen, The Bloggess, and also right now Hozier).
The Western Jamaica Campus was like a second home to me. I loved the people, the campus and the atmosphere; I am hopelessly biased. But I will try to give you some amount of objective information (don’t take my word as gospel, guys).
Disclaimer: This post is written based on my rose-coloured memories of life at WJC some 3+ years ago. The Todd just reminded me that life at WJC was actually not all that awesome.
We had to fight for some basic requirements (good sized classroom, proper streaming, actual anatomy specimens), and a lot of the time we were doing the best we could with what we had. What made it easier to bear was the relaxed, ready-to-help atmosphere of the western campus and the gorgeous, gorgeous surroundings.
Let’s get into that pro/con list.
WJC vs Mona
|Class sizes small – 20-30 people||Class sizes HUGE – 200-400 people|
|Student:specimen and student:teacher ratio relatively good||Brand new anatomy lab with lots of space and small group sessions|
|Tutors are (usually) readily available||Lecturers have dedicated office hours, more students to compete with|
|Lectures are all streamed via network that might not work||Lectures live or streamed depending on lecture theatre|
|Consultants teach anatomy||Mostly residents and anatomists teach anatomy|
|Have to travel to Kingston for major labs||No travelling required|
|Small, close-knit group of people||Sprawling campus; easy to disappear|
|Breathtaking view of the Bay/beach/airport||Mountains. Sometimes cold.|
|Hall of residence has a pool||Campus pool that is currently out of service|
|Some clubs, some diversity of students||Wide variety of clubs, wide range of nationalities etc.|
|The beach is RIGHT THERE.||Liguanea is right there?|
|Less social events, almost no night life (except Hip Strip)||Everything happens in Kingston. No, seriously.|
WJC actually seems to come off worse in the comparison (sadface) but again I’m not exactly a valid or reliable judge (I’m actually a notoriously unreliable judge – ask anyone). If there are other specific concerns you have about either campus, feel free to post them in the comments or even call the campus of interest (I don’t have all the answers, guys, sorry) and share their response here.