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Bard College Simon's Rock

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Simon's Rock has changed my life for theBrightPhilosophy
Simon's Rock has changed my life for the better. Before coming to this school, I cared about a lot of things. But here I have learned the importance of hearing out other and different perspectives, of engaging with and internalizing those perspectives, and of questioning those beliefs that I held to be fundamental. It sounds a little intimidating, and sometimes it is, but this level of critical thinking is what ultimately guides one to have a complete understanding of why they believe what they do, and also to start to have a greater understanding and appreciation of those perspectives different from their own.

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.

1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B
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I am currently a sophomore at Bard CollegeQuite BrightOther
I am currently a sophomore at Bard College at Simon's Rock studying technical theater and stage management. I could not be happier with my decision to come to this school. In the year and a half that I have spent here I have learned so much not only about the field that I am studying but also about myself. I have made the best friends in the world as well as making great professional connections through my professors. The school is quite small and being a city girl at heart the size of the school is sometimes hard but it really is a great way to do your undergraduate degree because everyone knows you and you can't fall through the cracks of the system.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: A-
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The student population at Simon's Rock is incrediblyQuite BrightPerfomance Arts
The student population at Simon's Rock is incredibly diverse. Coming here, there is very little chance you will be stranded without anyone else who shares your interests, personality, or anything else you might be looking for. However, this demands a certain respect from every student towards types of people they may not have been exposed to much in their hometown. People who are not open and accepting may struggle with their social situation.
1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Social Life: F
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