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| I have lived in Richmond all my life, so go to Earlham was a no brainer, especially being quaker. |
The school is in my opinion great. It has high academic standards and very highly regarded faculty, many of whom are leading individuals in their field(examp. John Iverson- leading expert nationwide in reptiles and the science field). You can expect that you will receive a good education here.
However there are some things you need to take into consideration as to what surrounds Earlham. Richmond. It is located in the midwest. The fact that there is a population of somewhere around 35,000 people making it a midsized town doesn't change the fact that it is practically in the middle of nowhere. The rose city transportation is not very good, meaning you either have to drive, walk, or ride your bike wherever you want to go(which honestly for most things isn't a problem but still.....). The biggest problem with Richmond is the people who live there. Its mostly a working class, seemingly uneducated population who have mullets. Violence and drug use are two major problems here. Richmond has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country and Richmond High School was labeled a "drop out factory" a few years ago by a major magazine, which might give you an idea as to what I mean. Walking alone at night always feels really sketchy and somewhat unsafe even if you're in a safe part of town.
On the bright side, there are some good aspects of Richmond as well. I have yet to see a better public library in any town than Morrison Reeves. There are a handful of good coffee shops and cafe's that sometimes have good live music. The community theatre puts on top notch productions that anyone(even college students) can take part in. And then there's the dollar cinema. If you're willing to wait a couple months after a movie comes out, you can watch it in theatres for $2.50 rather than pay $6.50 and the regular one(which for some people is still cheap obviously).Earlham College is really great. I have not regretted coming here. But I would advise you to think about whether you will really be happy in Richmond before coming.
|May 20 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| If you are gay, you will find the EC environment safe and even liberating -- you'll have the run of the place and receive special treatment. If you are far-left politically, the same applies and you'll fit right in. If you have a conservative or moral (especially Christian) value system, get ready for abuse, derision, and even physical assaults which will be winked at by the faculty. Also required of conservatives students are papers and writings that subordinate the student's true feelings & ideas -- only leftist writings are graded well, and only leftist sources are allowed. Simply citing the National Review in a bibliography can potentially cost a full grade point or more. Staunch leftist aversion to all opposing viewpoints is mean-spirited from students and faculty alike; perverse, one-sided "Political Correctness" reigns supreme -- conservatives and Christians are fair game, but one careless remark about women, gays, or minorities can get you expelled. EC is supposedly a dry campus, but alcohol and illegal drugs are everywhere. The bottom line? At EC you can end up with an education that is roughly equivalent to a decent state school, although an EC degree may, in limited circles, carry slightly more clout. The faculty are generally accessible, but usually exhibit a closed-rank, drone mentality. The administration is very aloof and elitest, with virtually no interest in students beyond PR and recruiting. I would not choose EC again, and I won't recommend EC to family or friends. |
|Apr 02 2003|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2004 |