The Western State College of Colorado
The Western State College of Colorado - Comments and Student Experiences|
I also believe college is a very important time in our social lives. Western provides a very particular environment. It is a small town - very far away from any big city. Sports and being outdoors-ee are valued. There are things to do during the day - but during the night, options are limited. Drinking parties made me realize that diversity is low and patriarchy is high. It left a bad feeling in my stomach. However, doing outdoor sports or being involved in clubs during the day, made me feel involved and valuable. I had to be proactive to strike a balance - and it wasn't always easy to do.Overall, I am thankful for my education at Western but I realize I desired more from the social opportunities during this time of personal growth.
Gunnison is a small town however, and although some people might like that, It doesn't provide much to do. The only night life of gunnison is Taco bell which is open until 11. And 1 Coffee shop that is open until 12. everything else in town (including the smallest walmart in the nation) shuts down by 9. The lack of things to do in a college town results in alot of people just smoking pot or getting drunk most of the time. Western's famous nickname "Wasted State" is very fitting. Especially in the winter where unless you're going up to Crested Butte, you do not want to go outside. For a good 3 month period in the winter, there are days that don't get above 0 degrees. And most nights it's at least -25 degrees. The only thing to do is stay home and smoke & Drink.
I've enjoyed the time i've had here and at the same time I haven't. When you actually find something to do, it's a fun place. But most of the time you're just bored, and if you're not into drugs or alcohol, then I wouldn't recommend this school. If you are into that kind of stuff, then this place is heaven.