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| Obviously my experience at Roanoke is dated--I graduated in '84--but I keep in touch and am active in its alumni affairs.|
Like so many small liberal arts colleges Roanoke is what you make of it. Comments that is snooty and a party school are accurate--when I attended the unofficial motto was "I'll have a drink, I'll take a toke, I'll get a degree from Roanoke" and surrounding colleges gave as the moniker "Roll an' toke"--but so are those commending the college for its quality professors. I partied hard there, and when I go back to Salem that's a tradition that has not died out. But I also learned a lot, developed relationships with my classmates and professors that have lasted two decades. My parents and I both invested a lot of money in the college, and that was a worthwhile investment that I continue to endorse by being active in alumni affairs and giving to the college.
To me Roanoke College is incredibly special. I was not in a frat but did find opportunity to establish an individual identity. You can accept the cultural and social situation of a place by just complaining about it, but doing so overlooks the opportunity to change that situation or to create your own niche. Roanoke allowed that then and allows it now--I know this because the kids of my classmates are there today.
At Roanoke I got the education and advice I needed to develop a career. And I had fun there. I went on to grad school, earned a doctorate and have been teaching for fifteen years. The school I'm at has nothing compared to the spirit and character of RC.Roanoke is simply special.
|Feb 25 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I ended up going to Roanoke College because of my financial situation (Roanoke has a great financial aid program). I wasn't able to visit the campus before coming to school, since I am an out of state student. I really wish I had, though, because I was disappointed to see just how little diversity RC has, and how so many people are in fraternities and sororities. And many who aren't still tend to have the same qualities - being closeminded, rich snobs. There is very litte to do except go to parties or visit other schools. If you want to feel as though you are part of an academic atmosphere, this is definitely not the place. Many students are culturally unaware and have little real academic interest. However, RC has some fantastic teachers. I have had very friendly, dedicated teachers who will go out of their way to help you; Roanoke has an amazing english department. But, there is NO school spirit here. There are few campus events, and cultural events on and off campus are next to none. If I had known RC was like this, I definitely would not have come. |
|Jan 16 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| Of course going to college is a change and yes it takes some getting used to. If you like to party, Roanoke is a good school for that. A lot of the people are rich and snobby, but friendly at the same time. It's a wonderful school with a challenging academic scene. It just make take a couple months for you to find your click, but once you do...it's honestly a blast! |
|Nov 19 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2007 |