Grinnell College - Comments and Student Experiences|
a) An athlete who enjoys having friends only from your team and drinking heavily 4 nights a week
b) Someone a little "quirky" who maybe didn't have such a great time in high school
c) A little pretentious, someone who asks what your preferred gender pronoun is before addressing you and talks about Charles Bukowski like he puts the stars in the skyHowever, if you don't fit any of these molds, do not come to Grinnell. I did well in high school and had a great group of friends. Coming to Grinnell, I am overwhelmed by the atmosphere here. The drinking culture is huge - between that and marijuana, there is nothing else to do on the weekends. Yes, there is no pressure, but it is so, so far-reaching that you would be hard pressed to find other things to do. The people here are extraordinarily clique-ish. Three weeks in, everyone had cemented their friend groups and made it very difficult to penetrate them. A lot of people are nice, but are either cliquey or very "unique." (into pokemon or anime or computer games) Seriously, my first year was so terrible and lonely, please think before coming here. The academics are incredible, the profs are amazing, the campus is pretty good for being in Iowa, but the social scene is just something I could not get past. Also, remember that it is the middle of nowhere. The campus is small, the student body is small, the town is small.
College is what you make of it, but Grinnell certainly gives you everything you need to be fulfilled academically and socially. They always have academic talks by visiting lectures from evey field. If you want to start a new club or create your own major the only person holding you back is yourself. It is super easy to start a club; just go to student gov and present your idea and I don't think anything has ever been denied.
There are drugs on campus if you want them, but I feel like a majority of people aren't doing drugs (besides caffine... and a lot of people drink on the weekends).
People are socially akward and maybe not the best at following norms all the time, but are always more than polite. Advice: Avoid sociology majors. They're the worst. So preachy, obnoxious, and hypocritical.
This place reeks of "privilege," even as it pretends to reject it. People always pat themselves on the back for being "different" and not going to State Schools (as if State School Students are mentally deficient). Many of my friends--people of color--simply had to leave. Slink off. With their tales between their legs. Also, there is way too much drug abuse on this campus. Way too much drug abuse. What bothers me is I have never once smoked or drank anything and yet if a stray bottle was found anywhere near my vicinity, people would like at me with knowing glances. Not cool.