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| Given the benefit of 24 years of hindsight, my years at Wooster were some of the best of my life. And I've not led a sheltered life. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't draw on my experiences there.|
Did it have the social life of a U.C. Santa Barbara, the reputation of a Yale, or the hip, cosmopolitan surroundings of a Columbia? No, it did not. So what is so great about this place that you would want to spend four years of your life in the corn fields of Ohio?
In short, Wooster provided a place to grow up socially, academically and intellectually that was second to none. It provided a broad, liberal arts approach to learning that left me well prepared for the challenges of business and life in general. It exposed me to people from all walks of life economically, socially and geographically, and I had already seen a lot of the world beofre attending. Most of all, Wooster is truly "a place apart". It gives you room to mature and make the transition to the real world that follows graduation all too quickly, even if you don't think you need it.
Though many of the professors I had such as Win Logan, Richard Reimer and John Gates have long since retired, I can attest to having some of the best professors and classroom experiences a student could hope for. They made me "think outside the box", long before anybody thought up the cliche. Whats more, classroom experiences and professors compared *very* favorably to those of a major West Coast research institution I would attend for my post-gradutate work.
If you are looking for a party school, forget it. Hoping for a hot club scene or fine arts experience in the surrounding city? Don't even think about it. Hoping to impress friends and employers by dropping the name of the impressive Ivy League school that you attended? Don't try it.So why Wooster? Outstanding education, invaluable life skills, lifelong friendships and a great deal of fun, *if* you know how to find it. Though clearly not for everyone, it is a truly special place for those whom it works.
|Feb 25 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| The School: Academically, the course work is decently challenging if you pick a decently challenging major. Political Science (especially Political Theory), and the hard sciences rank up there. Communications...not so much. Lots of reading and writing with very little busy work. It is a liberal arts school but YOU have to make it liberal arts -- very few General Education requirements including no math requirement for some majors. ie. if you transfer, you can almost loose a year making that up.|
The faculty for such a small school is great. My professors always have open office hours. They're intelligent and no classes are taught by TAs. However, the entire curriculum seems bent on writing your Independent Study, not succeeding in the long term. Most people end up graduating here with little to no work experience that extends beyond working at the College. It is hard to compete with schools near big cities which have internship databases, large Alumni recruitment, and access to internships during the school year. Also, if you don't write an Independent Study with honors, you don't graduate with honors. It doesn't matter if you have a 4.0 -- you won't get the yellow cords on your neck if you don't write your I.S. well.
The town is horrible. It starts off charming for about two weeks. The 'campus' is two blocks long and you're essentiall STRANDED without a car. If you have a car it gets slightly better becuase you can drive 30 minutes on a two lane road to get to Akron, and 45 minutes to get to Cleveland. There are hostilities between the some 'townies' and the students, which last year resulted in a student getting shot at. Other students have gotten beaten up. Small town does not equal saftey. Two years ago, while students were participating in a school sanctioned tradition of filling the arch, public saftey and the local police department came in to break it up. They brought the canine unit and tazors. I spent the night bailing my friend out of the local prison because a cop was convinced a snowball had been thrown at him. Public Saftey department spends most of their time busting underage drinking and putting parking tickets on cars.
BUT the school does acknowledge that there is nothing to do. There is a bowling alley in the basement of the student center, they hold concerts and bring in comedians. It is a valiant, valiant effort for such a small school, but there is hardly something to do every night. Extracurriculars are very easy to get involved in, and there is a 'Scot Spirit Day' at the beginning of every year to make Freshman feel welcome by having every club/organization have a table. Greek life is lacking -- they stay in dorms, and are not nationally recognized.
The Campus IS BEAUTIFUL. The library is unrivaled for a school so small, and -- because small schools don't have it all -- they are in a consortium with other schools in Ohio. So if they don't have a book, they can get it. Kauke Hall is like having class in a Barnes and Noble. Some of the Science buildings are a little worse for wear but the humanities have it made.Socially, the people here are very nice and laid back. Very down to earth and worldly for such a small school, with many people from different religions and nationalities. But everyone is very stressed out 99% of the time, particularly (obviously) seniors who are writing their Independent Study.
|Dec 10 2009|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| There is no doubt that the College of Wooster was the right place for me and my educational experience has helped me. If there was one thing that I would have done differently was to take greater advantage of available resources and would have studied harder. I would recommend that High School students go to a college out of state. |
|Jan 07 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |