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Reasons to go here:|
-Small campus; not a lot of walking*
-Tight-knit social scene (notice I did not say community)*
-Some quirky, not annoying students*
Reasons not to go here:
-Holier than thou attitudes, both among many students and the administration*
-Nothing to do except drinking & drugs, some decent lectures and plays to attend
-Annoyingly, you still have to take boring intro classes to qualify for more interesting, upper-division classes.
-Excessive workload-- Felt like some professors gave a lot of work for the sake of giving a lot of work.
-Laundry machines and printers need some work
-Annoying knee-jerk liberal self-righteousness/ political correctness*
-However (in reference to above point), not as politically active as anticipated
-Many very biased (politically) professors. Atheism and free love equals A if you write semi-well with some professors (not all). Anything less and you'd be trying your luck.
-A very, very modest number of good-looking girls (I know that's superficial, but hey, just putting that out there.)
-Not open-minded (I don't know what impression you've gotten from my previous comments...). If you choose to go here, do not defend any of the following: libertarian ways of thinking, laxer gun laws, not affirmative action, not radical feminism. You must always state that the administration is not doing enough for gays, bisexuals, and lesbians (though Grinnell is quite friendly in this regard...).*
-Sense of community seems strained, factious. A lot of people seem content with doing their own thing with their friend groups.Asterisk by qualities that apply to all left-leaning LACs
|May 02 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Grinnell is, well, a liberal arts college. Liberal arts colleges prepare you exclusively for graduate school, particularly in this economy. Going here "for the learning," like I did, is very much superficial. You can learn at any college, and the classes at Grinnell are so demanding that you need to be aware of your true intellectual interests and work very hard. In this sense, the open curriculum is at once a good and bad thing. Left-leaning liberal arts colleges are also, unfortunately, full of hipsters and oftentimes extremely annoying, very self-righteous "activists" (and sometimes non-annoying, non-self-righteous activists). If you go, you can't say you weren't warned about this aspect, haha. You also need to weigh your desire for a social life versus your desire to immerse yourself in academia. If social life is equally important/ just as important to you as academia, weigh your options very carefully and do an overnight stay. Hell, do two overnight stays. If a fishbowl feel freaks you out, I'd be wary of coming here. Ditto for isolation. Ditto for drinking/ drug-focused social scene. It also helps to be mentally stable/ well-adjusted/ fundamentally happy as a person. Also, as a word of advice, read Ratemyprofessors before picking professors. This may go without saying, but even at a teaching-focused school like Grinnell (maybe particularly at a teaching-focused school like Grinnell), it is VERY important, especially if the class is challenging to you. I would also strongly encourage you to join a sports team, if you have ANY athletic ability at all (it's DIII after all...). My feeling of belonging at Grinnell would have been much more amplified. Eh, I shouldn't bash Grinnell so much. If you like off-beat people (even if they're sometimes annoyingly or ingratiatingly off-beat), are extremely liberal (and don't like to argue positions for the sake of arguing lol), are confident in yourself and your abilities, can see yourself using 80% of your time working on your studies, and can deal with the small campus and small town in a very isolated location, I'd say to go for it! :-) Don't let a silly moderately liberal, oftentimes insecure city boy dissuade you! |
|Apr 18 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |