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| My college experience was ultimately helpful. I found the professors and sources such as the Writing Center and Health Center, and even the Literary House, to be the most supportive and capable assets at the college. Though there were some amazing people to be found in the administration, the bulk of them are bumbling and aloof. My advice is to find a professor or two who will take you under their wing, and use all the resources you can find that will aid you along the way. And try to play by the rules. |
|Dec 13 2009|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| WAC is honestly not all that different from most other small, East Coast, private liberal arts schools except that it happens to be located in a very rural part of Maryland. If you are interested in horseback riding, sailing, kayacking, or outdoorsy-type activities in general, the location can be a major plus. If you are used to having access to Starbucks and J. Crew on a daily basis, be forewarned that it takes a good hour by car to get to any "real" shopping. |
Many townies are friendly, but there has been a history of tension between the town's poorer minority population and the school's characteristically rich, white students. Coming from a liberal New England suburb, I was surprised by the conservative Republican attitude of the locals and their abundance of camo gear, pickup trucks, and hunting memorabilia.
Although there is a fairly strong international presence at WAC, the student body tends to be fairly homogenous: white, middle-upper class, from the Mid Atlantic (especially MD, PA, NJ, and NY) and predominantly "preppy." The ratio of girls to guys is 60-40, but is far more noticeable in certain academic departments (English, Art) than it is on the whole. Many students tend to fit into the lacrosse player or lacrosstitute stereotype, with Ralph Lauren polos, Vera Bradley bags, Lilly Pulitzer accessories, and pearls being common. However, other groups ranging from hippies to drama freaks to politiocs to nerds are visible. Most students tend to be very cliquey, but there is a group to be found even for the biggest geek. Social life revolves around dorm or off campus drinking parties, and to a lesser extent local bars. Frat/sorority involvement is relatively big, but not very exclusive, and if you want to be involved, you can. Washington D.C., Philly, Annapolis, and Baltimore are all nearby, but I wouldn't say that the majority of students takes advantage of them as often as they could.
Academics tend to be challenging without being overwhelming, but vary greatly by department. International studies, English, Poli Sci, and most of the humanities are great, as are Psych and Pre-Med sciences, but I wouldn't come here for Business, Computer Science, or anything too pre-professional. All classes are small, so help is there if you need it. Overall, I have had a positive experience at WAC in my two years here, but I do admit that one of the main reasons I plan to study abroad next year is to get away from the social scene for a bit. Academically, I have had nothing to complian about. I was offered a large merit scholarship to attend here, and I think that WAC is thus a very good value with solid graduate placement rates. Socially, however, I think I underestimated the affect the smallness and ruralness would have on me. I have made a great group of friends and feel like it is easy to fit in here, but I would recommend taking a year or at least a semester in one of the study abroad programs to come away with a better understanding of the real world. The general feeling of WAC is much like that of a boarding high school- if you loved yours or always wanted to go to one, you will be happy here. If you hated yours or never considered attending one, then this is not the place for you.
|Jan 31 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |