Bard College Simon's Rock
Bard College Simon's Rock - Comments and Student Experiences|
Socially, a 400 person school has its upsides and downsides. It's easy to meet people and make friends, but it's also easy to get caught up in the haze of emotional turmoil that radiates from this crucible of teenagers. If you're looking at college as a primarily social experience, you'll be disappointed here. However, Great Barrington is an amazing little town, it's always calming to walk around and grab some food.
The students who do best here are the ones who have a true intellectual curiosity (and followthrough), but who don't get caught up in the social role of "young intellectual/artist/creative thinker." Please really really assess your capacity for self-care & stability and your academic stamina before considering SR. If you're not 100% on either, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Since graduating, I've found no community half as stimulating as Simon's Rock is. I have no regrets in staying for 4 years, and I have the utmost respect for my teachers and peers I met while I was there.
Faculty are outstanding, always genuinely caring about what their students think, and seeking to encourage thought.
Meaningful conversations with other students are frequent and exciting. Learning abounds, but so does fun. Time management is absolutely key here though, as is patience and the development of stress copping skills (the work load is immense).
Simon's Rock also provides ample opportunities for students to lead, organize, and gain real world skills, whether this is through creating a student club, working in the various offices on campus, or supporting other students through peer advocate positions, etc.
There are nearly endless opportunities to find advisers/mentors here as well.
The community of staff, faculty, and students is close knit and stimulating. I can't say enough positive about Simon's Rock! If you are ready for a true challenge, and ready to have your thinking challenged and developed, this is an important place to keep in mind. It is a leap of faith to come here, but it can yield incredible experiences that will change your world if you are open to that and willing to work through challenges that will inevitably arise. Overall, a wonderful place. I will almost certainly be staying for my B.A. degree.