I have loved my first semester at Rider. It definitely is not perfect and has its lows, but what school doesn't? The education is awesome here. Professors are super helpful, classes are usually small so you will get the personalized help and attention you deserve, and Rider has tons of resources to help you with whatever you need (academically, socially, financially, professionally, spiritually, psychologically, you name it). It is very small and can be a little quiet, but there is a very strong sense of community. You come to know many people and there's a pretty good chance you will see your friends in many of your classes. I've gotten a very good feel for the campus by living on it, and I very much enjoy the sense of independence it brings me. I get to be with my friends all the time, and have gotten the experience of living on my own. The food isn't horrible, and usually has pretty good choices. Eating healthy isn't that hard and we have two exceptional gyms here. It is a backpack school, and a lot of people go home on the weekends. All parties are usually off campus and it can get a little quiet on the weekends if you are not a party-goer. However, if you're making friends with people, you will always have something to do. After my first semester I am already a cheerleader on the cheerleading team, have had two on-campus jobs, gotten involved with our school's Christian Fellowship group, gospel choir, write for the Odyssey, and am a science major with nothing under a B-. I have never been an overachiever or have been this involved ever, but Rider makes it very easy to be involved and thrive at the same time. I very much feel like a strong part of the community already after only one semester, so that should give one hope that whoever they may be or like to do, they will surely find their place at Rider!