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| Overall, I loved my experience at CC and can't imagine having spent four years elsewhere.|
The English department in particular was always helpful and approachable, the professors are incredible and truly enthusiastic about their subjects. I minored in Art and found the faculty in that department very knowledgable too. Most of my friends in Political Science/Economic fields seemed very content with their faculty. In my four years at CC the only class I took where I felt the professor did not know what she was talking about (at all) most of the time was a Bombay to Bollywood class.
The student body is not the most diverse, but as one of the few international students I did not find this to be a big deal personally. It's true everyone is into a 'hippie' culture and there is a lot of partying on campus, but there are plenty of activities for those who don't wish to partake in drugs/alcohol, particularly outdoorsy activities. The administration, however, was a complete disappointment. The deans do not particularly care about the students and will not try to help or support you if you should need it. As long as you are a full tuition paying student or on a sports team (hockey in particular) you can get away with murder. If you are on scholarship or aid, don't expect the school to help you in any matter. They couldn't care less.
|Oct 11 2013|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I'm a double-major in economics and mathematics, and I have a 4.0 GPA (although I believe that grades are only superficial). Colorado College (CC) is an excellent place of learning (and living) in every respect. (I am being honest!) Most students are self-motivated and genuinely care about learning. You'll be amazed at the number of student-faculty research collaborations and the number of students pursuing amazing internships throughout the year and over the summer. (The Career Center even pays people who pursue unpaid internships!) The professors give tremendous attention to every student and are very friendly! The social life is very good, and it's really up to the individual how s/he wants to socialize. For instance, I'm not much into alcohol or weed, but I still have amazing friends whom I really know well! I have also observed that the college is very generous in giving scholarships! People in general like the on-campus food at Rastall, Preserve and Benji's. Below is my detailed and candid review of the Block Plan.|
THE BLOCK PLANThe merits and demerits of the Block Plan are of secondary importance. First of all, the Block Plan is a metaphor for the experimental, liberal spirit and the authenticity that a liberal arts college must inherently possess. CC is a liberal arts school not just on paper and the web; the Block Plan per se voices the fact that CC is something way beyond those trivialities. Secondly, the Block Plan is a better educational system than a semester system or a quarter system. It demands us to work efficiently in a short time period ? an essential skill in today?s world. I have also heard from many people who have done the Study Abroad program that the ?semester system is a cakewalk after studying under the Block Plan.? Its flexibility allows a person to take a 100-level course in a subject at the beginning of the year and reach a 400-level class at the end of the year (something very difficult to do on a semester system); this is advantageous to people who suddenly find a new love and want to immerse in it academically. Another obvious advantage arises due to the fact that each Block is independent of one another: the students and professors (especially those of Geology, History, etc.) are free to travel to even distant places as required (again something nearly impossible to do on a semester system). The Block Plan also has a fair and economically efficient preregistration ? an 80 point, sealed-bid system. The Block Plan certainly has fewer disadvantages than the normal semester plan, and even the so-called disadvantages can be seen as advantages. For instance, if one falls sick, he or she could miss many days of class, and thus it would be difficult for him or her to cope with the rest of the class after becoming healthy again. However, it could be argued that the Block Plan therefore pushes students to lead an intense academic life while maintaining a good health and balanced social life. Some people also say that some subjects, such as natural sciences and languages, are difficult to study under the Block Plan. However, it is best to single-mindedly pursue such subjects without any distractions although it may seem very intense. In fact, the Block Plan allows science and language students a greater flexibility than a semester system in conducting complex, time-consuming laboratory experiments and in totally immersing in tedious learning of languages respectively. Another frequent but vague criticism of the Block Plan is that ?the material learned in one Block may be forgotten in the next Block due to the pace of the Block Plan.? This lacks substance because CC fosters its students to learn the principles of a discipline, read, write and speak effectively among others ? these skills cannot be just ?forgotten? because they are not a result of mere memorization. Although the Block Plan seems to be mostly advantageous, only self-motivated students can excel in it. I have taken classes in diverse fields, such as Mathematics, Economics, Geology, Sociology, Philosophy and Classical Languages, and the Block Plan is the perhaps the most important reason for my academic success in those classes.
|Jul 07 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |