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| This school is fantastic. The financial aid office has their stuff in order, they will not let you forget a single form or bill. I came in as a Bio major at first, then changed to the Psych major. The Psych program is great. It was recently changed for incoming students to get more breadth in the subject, but I don't think that will change the helpfulness and friendliness of the professors. One of the psych professors was my adviser, and she is my hero. Most helpful woman on the planet. You'll hear any student at St. Mary's say that about their adviser though. The academics challenge you to think for yourself, it's not just mindless bookwork. Yes, the coursework is challenging. But it is going to be challenging at any college. You may as well enjoy it at St. Mary's because they actually teach you to think in the real world. As for the aesthetics of the campus: beautiful. It's on the river, so there's always stuff to do when it's warm out. Swimming, sailing, frisbee, the list could go on. If your an outdoorsy person, you will have a blast here. Even in the winter, you'll spot people playing outside. Sure, there's not much to do nearby. There's a crappy movie theater about 15 minutes away and a target and chain restaurants even further, BUT there's so much on-campus stuff going on that that doesn't even matter. I rarely had to leave campus. They offer free movies on the weekends, comedians, drag shows, bands, etc. They really use university resources to make us students happy. The social life is fantastic. I transferred here my junior year, and even though I was meeting people who already had friend groups established since their freshmen years, I was made welcome immediately. I've made lifelong friendships here. The party scene is pretty good, there's usually at least one party going on on the weekends. The school has a million clubs for everyone. It has such a strong sense of community, and one of the things I love about it is it's strong support of the LGBT community. If you've heard the term "Keep St. Mary's Weird," don't let it freak you out. It's really more like, "Keep St. Mary's Unique." And that's exactly what it does. It's great, I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about going there. |
|Jun 30 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I was in quite a bad place senior year of high school, and couldn't put much energy into picking a school, so I chose St. Mary's mostly out of convenience. It was the best decision of my life. This school is perfect if you're looking for somewhere small with a tight-knit community of bright, interesting people. We have great professors who know their shit, and actually want you to succeed. Also, when I first came here I thought I was living at f**king Hogwarts because the campus is so magical. There's an unbelievable amount of wildlife--birds (including bald eagles,) snakes (if you look for them,) and small mammals. The river is warm enough to swim in for most of the fall semester--if you're not afraid of stinging jellyfish--and at night, there are bioluminescent protists and jellyfish that make the water sparkle when you move.|
There's not much to do outside of campus except go to the Green Door (the community bar,) and go to the movies, but honestly, there's SO much going on on campus that I rarely leave. It's like a bubble. There's interesting talks to go to during the week, a million clubs to join (outdoor adventure, burlesque, dance, philosophy, etc.,) a great gym (with a good climbing wall,) sailing boats you can take out, varsity and club sports teams, and other stuff. On the weekends there are movie screenings, comedians (sometimes,) and on campus parties (usually, sometimes it's dead.) Most people will tell you they're super busy with demanding classes, a million extra curriculars and/or a campus job anyway.
Also, the people here are ridiculously friendly. When I first came here I thought they were all robots. Then after a while here I realized I had become one of those people, and decided they were human. As a freshman, I felt like I could go up to any random person on campus and start up a conversation, and they would talk to me like we were already acquaintances. Also, after you've been here for a while, you know/recognize a large chunk of the students, because it's such a smallish school. I like that about us.Recently, enrollment has dropped at our school, and I have no idea why. I completely fell in love with St. Mary's, and if you're anything like me (kind of a dork, enjoys nature, wants a good education at a small school) I bet you'll fall for it too.
|May 12 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Ok, I think I've figured out the St.Mary's principle from talking to quite a few kids here. If you knew you wanted to go to this school since like Sophomore or Junior year of highschool you are going to have a blast. It will most likely be a very peaceful 4 years where you go to class, do a bit of homework, make some close friends, befriend a professor, and then graduate. HOWEVER, if you weren't 100% sure (really make sure you want to were really committed to coming here)and went here as a safety or to "try it out" then you are going to be in all likelihood, fucking miserable here. It's like the goddamn shining for people out of the DC metro area or Baltimore. You cant "escape" the campus, as the closest town is a 15 minute drive. On campus there is barely anything to do besides clubs and homework. The school administration is incredibly laissez faire about what students do, and as long as you have food to eat (the only dining hall has awful hours (which they are changing next year)) and a place to sleep you are on your own, at least in the sense of make your own fun. You will get into a routine of doing the same thing everyday because there isnt anything else to do. The school has very little iniatives with the community to snag internships or jobs, they provide no transportation to anywhere except a bar 2 miles up the road, and the campus is dead at 9pm and earlier on the weekends because thats when everything from the gym to the dining hall closes. If you already accepted and are having second thoughts, I would start working on your application over the summer to transfer. The first semester is quite a bit more tolerable than the proceeding one because stuff is still new to you. If you are still deciding if you want to go, go to a student panel and ask the most important question you could ever ask the people here "What do you do for fun". This question, in my opinion, should be the deciding factor. And really probe them. If they say "hang out with friends" or "going out Saturday night", probe the fuck out of that person. Ask what they do for fun, what they do when they go out. Dont let them weasel out of the question. They arent trying to be misleading, they are honestly a nice bunch, and they really do "go out" for fun. But when you find out that "going out" is just walking around campus late at night, be wary of that. I almost feel like I should include an email to give you guys a list of questions to ask. I can?t so I?ll do that here. |
1. What you do for fun? Make them be specific as possible. Ask them to talk about what they did the weekend before. What do you usually do? Where?
2. What opportunities are available to you on campus. Not just clubs, but internships, off campus opportunities, weekend trips, anything. Are you doing something at high school? Biking club? Computer club? Ask if they have it.
3. What?s their favorite part about St.Marys? What you are looking for is if they answer with something you can only get at that school (really intimate with their professors) instead of something you can get anywhere (the ?friendships? and ?the atmosphere?). FYI you can make friends anywhere with other people anywhere.
4.Why did you choose St.Marys over other schools. Again probe. If they say ?they have a good department? or ?the atmosphere? ask exactly what that means and why the other schools didn?t have it.
Again, don?t pester or harangue these guys, but really try to get straight forward answers. Most of my experience in asking why these people why they stay here all for years usually result in answers that aren?t unique to this school, like the friendships, or the atmosphere, or the beauty of it. Remember there is always stuff to do, watching paint dry is ?doing something?. The academics are very solid, the majority of professors are helpful and passionate, and it is ?peaceful?. But you need to ask yourself its worth spending 4 years just for that. Im not going to talk about the academics or anything else too much because Ive only been here 2 semesters and I haven?t had every professor in every department. Just remember that you are going to have to spend 4 years and realistically think about what you want/would want to do there.
|Mar 05 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |