I can think back to being a senior in High School and seriously looking a schools for the first time. I was going to so many websites and they honestly made me feel like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory! It seemed like everything was possible. It was my doorway into what my future could be! Everywhere I looked I saw pictures of happy smiling people, people having fun, people enjoying school! As charlie, this is what I saw:
Charlie when he first comes into the factory all he sees is beautiful candy lanes, a chocolate waterfall and fantastical little orange men called chumba-wumbas! When I first walked around on my college campus all I saw were sidewalks full of freedom, a magical dorm room full of friends, and a wonderful rainbow of people called students! I was so full of wonder of this new world called college but pretty soon…someone got caught in the chocolate tube. My vision of perfection was shattered and I saw OCU for what it really is.
But you know what…it worked! I liked what I saw on the website and it got me to the school! I saw those happy smiling faces on the homepage and it made me want to click around and find out more! When I liked what I saw it really made me want to go to OCU. I’m sure that this is true for AUM as well. Their homepage shows happy studious pictures of their students and faculty! Plus kudos for the “warhawk” profile! It gives a realistic view of what AUM as a university is about and the kind of students who attend their school.
In constrast I found Standford to be very basic and in a sense plain. It was not so flashy as OCU and AUM. When I asked my friend who actually goes to Standford about why he thought that may be he told me that when he was looking at the school he never looked to the website to help him make a decision. Because Standford is just Standford they really don’t need a website to market themselves.
However, back to OCU, I in the end I am in LOVE with my school! So even though OCU isn’t EXACTLY like the website portrays it to be, I have come to find that it is so much more! And at the end of the day I get to ride the elevator.