I attended Drake in the late 80s. At the time the academic advising was non-existant, and the career center was useless. It acutally inspired my return to school 10 years later to earn a graduate degree in a totally different field from my undergrad degree. On the plus side, Drake was one of the first schools to really push computers on campus and it gave me a leg up on others when looking for a job after graduation.
Not bad if you're planning to remain in Iowa or enter your father's law firm. Or if you have no vision beyond Iowa. It's a safe, albet very insular college environment, with little in the way of intellectual demands. But hey, life could be worse. OTOH, going to Drake could encourage broadening pursuits, only because life's so boring in Iowa that getting out is the path to self-preservation.
When P.T. Barnum donated money to Tufts University, he did so on the condition that the school's mascot be named after his beloved elephant. The Tufts University mascot has been the "Jumbos" ever since.
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