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| You have to come into Sweet Briar with an open-mind. It's not a big school with 45,000 students where anything is possible and you're going to have thousands of types of people. You won't, so it's silly to expect it. I am a current junior here from Boston. SBC is far from home, in the middle of a rural town, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Coming from the North and being brought up in diverse areas, it was certainly a culture shock --- but one I embraced with open arms. I have made so many wonderful friends. The faculty is extremely approachable and there for the students in just about every way possible. I am on a texting basis with many of the faculty/staff members here. Academics are the main priority for almost all students on campus. We work hard during the week both in the classroom, in sports, & it's not uncommon for most of us to belong to 5 clubs and lead 3 of them! There's plenty of opportunities to keep yourself busy. Lots of ladies choose to go home or to our brother school Sydney on the weekends, so it can get quiet. I understand that a few students have taken to this forum to express frustrations about personal problems they may have dealt with while on campus---no college administrative process is perfect. But I hope that everyone understands that the experience of these few people is not the norm for everyone else. Sweet Briar has a lot to offer academically and definitely fosters its students. During my time here I have gained a lot of confidence and have had so much support while pursuing all of my passions. I am not afraid to fail or mess up because I know there are experienced professionals and faculty members that will help me when I need to start over. People pay attention to what you do here---your accomplishments, failures, & everything in between. |
|Jan 27 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Sweet Briar made me the person that I am today. I never would have had the opportunities to persue alternate paths of learning outside of the classroom like I did, and I never would have had the confidence to partake in activities like I did. The students have a respect for themselves, and a respect for others that I have not found in many other communities I have been a part of. The lines of cliques easily cross, and the social circles overlap and are blurred in a distinctily unstereotypical "mean girls" kind of way. The campus is isolated, but since over half of the students bring cars, it's easy to activities, and the school works very hard to make sure that there is always something going on for those who chose to stay on campus. Sweet Briar is a very strong, and very welcoming community. However, it is a very unique kind of college experience. I found this rewarding not only academically, but also personally. My advice is, as it would be with picking any school, it is really about the feel of the school, and how comfortable you are when you visit. I strongly encourage a visit to Sweet Briar, the website and simple discussion cannot convey the kind of relationship built between the students, faculty, and administrators. |
|Jan 23 2013|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Sweet Briar College is not all it's cracked up to be. After going on several tours, participating in an overnight stay, and going to a few socials with alumnae, current and prospective students, I've realized that everything was sugar-coated, and we were all lied to. The students are not nice; they are mean, selfish, thieving, and arrogant individuals. No one cares about the honor code; it's basically just a slogan on pieces of laminated paper all across the campus to try and redeem and mask the incredibly corrupt nature of the place. |
Oh, did I mention how insanely prevalent racism is? It's quite ridiculous and, I think, worth at least a mention.
Sure, a degree from here may look good when applying to grad school or jobs, but I personally don't think any piece of paper is worth the unhappiness and misery myself and MANY others have experienced here at SBC.
Please, before you decide to go here, talk to (and I mean real-talk) both current AND former students. Don't talk to girls who work in admissions, and ask the girls who have left what drove them away.Oh, and if you do decide to go here, bring a car! Like another reviewer had stated, there is NOTHING to do without a car...everyone leaves and everything closes on the weekends, and "town" is forever away.
|Jan 08 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |