I'm registering to audit classes at the local university to prepare to apply for graduate school. No big deal, right?

Maybe not. It's a very religious private school. They require their students to not engage in drinking, smoking, "promiscuous" clothing, or even living with a boyfriend/girlfriend. All unwed students who don't live in the immediate area MUST live on campus. My club volleyball coach went there while I was in high school, and she was afraid to use Solo cups at her own wedding because there are students who regularly check online for pictures of parties. A Solo cup in her hand would have been incriminating enough evidence to kick her out of school, regardless of the fact that she was having a dry wedding.

My high school violin instructor is going there right now. She cannot tell me enough about how fantastic the music department is. I need a department that will push me and give me the edge I need to be a successful applicant to graduate school. From what she's told me, this department will do just that.

Add these two together and it's an interesting predicament. I am honestly a bit afraid of how this semester will go. I don't yet know if I'll be asked to sign something about not engaging in above activities, or to affirm my (non)belief in god and Jesus.For my own educational protection, I'm changing my profile picture and where I'm from. I have no doubt that as soon as my name is on their admission application, I will be googled.

I need to keep up with my education in order to get to where I want to go, and this university has the closest, most cost-efficient, solid program around.

How would any of you handle this? I am very excited to be getting back into music, but very apprehensive about the religious side of it. Do any of you know of a way to keep this profile from showing up in google? I know it's like hit #3 when I google myself. That makes me nervous.

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Comment by Ed on December 9, 2011 at 11:14pm

I am not sure I would want to attend a learning facility that has the Big Brother mentality they seem to possess. Getting hung up over the use of Solo cups and having all the online snitches constantly looking for student infractions seems to be a deal breaker.

Comment by Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum on December 18, 2011 at 2:18pm

I would sooner go out of state than put up with that nonsense. Sounds like a Catholic boarding school for adults.

Comment by Eoganacht on December 18, 2011 at 9:52pm

Change your TA profile name or add numbers to the spelling. anything that removes your connection with your prifle.. Replace your name with initials or something if only for a short time. That should stop google bringing your TA page up. I don't use my real name for these kinds of things so that I can keep anything I say on TA private and not have friends or potential employers invading things that don't concern them. It's a security thing. Yeah, so changing your profile name and picture would help. Hide behind internet anonymity  with a pseudonym. Once you've been accepted you can change it back.

Comment by Byrnes Steel on January 6, 2012 at 11:53pm

You should move to Australia, I have never even heard of there being any dry campuses. most universities have bars on campus, mine does!! 

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