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| I graduated with a degree in sustainable Ag. and I was horrified by the way the farm and the animals were treated at GMC. Unsanitary conditions, untreated ailments, weed filled gardens, low quality expectations of goods sold from the farm etc. I believe that GMC's farm and the Ag. program could be wonderful if two things changed. A) find farm managers and paid farm workers who know what they are doing and who care about the success of the farm. You cannot teach someone how to farm well if the farm you are using as an example is in complete disrepair and run by a man who has no practical experience and a woman who wont stand up for what is right Especially when they are completely unwilling to learn from anyone but each other. And B) start allowing students and professors as well as other professionals in the field to look at things with a critical eye and begin to change things. Farming is a fluid act and will not be successful unless allowed to act as such. Each day is different and someone must be in charge and be willing to roll with these changes.In my opinion the best thing GMC could do is fire Kenneth Moulder and Baylee Drown and find someone who cares about the success of the farm and of the students. Some farming experience would be helpful as well. |
|May 06 2013|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| This is absolutely my dream school. I'm an older student, and in general older students here seem to have a better idea of what they're getting themselves into that the fresh-out-of-high school ones who came here because it's relatively nearby and has a high acceptance rate.|
This is where I first learned that sustainable ag exists as something you can major in, and the administration is really following through on its commitment to be sustainable in practice. We just approved -- as a community -- a plan to see that all food in the dining hall is ethically and sustainably raised. We have a working farm that employs a large proportion of the students.
The school is small enough that everyone knows each other, and for the most part everyone is very respectful. I have NEVER encountered any bigotry or misogyny, and a lot of these people are surprisingly socially aware considering how young they are.
There is also a unofficial streaking team, people are allowed to be barefoot pretty much everywhere, and there are chickens running free around campus, and cats who occasionally sneak into the classrooms, dorms, and student center.
The professors are amazing, as sources of knowledge and mentors, but also as people. The classes are engaging; I have discovered and honed abilities beyond what I thought were my limits. And they will push you, but they will relent if you push back enough. Everything in my life seems to be applicable to my homework, and I keep finding myself applying newly learned skills across classes.
We are known for having a lot of stoners and hippies here, and you can get pretty much anything you want if you network in a lowkey way, but there are also plenty of straight edge folks who are completely socially accepted. The administration and the student body will support you financially and otherwise in any club or service or otherwise fun thing you want to initiate.
The residence life team was completely new this year, so they're a little clueless, but they mean well and do their absolute best to help you solve your problems. You just have to be patient, and communicate your needs very clearly (and repeatedly). If you think you can get off campus, network with people living here to find an apartment before arriving because hardly any local housing gets advertised -- and what does get advertised is guaranteed to be overpriced.
It is pretty hard to get off campus and to get off the meal plan, but the food in the dining hall is definitely better than any other school I've visited or attended -- and promises to only get better with the new ethical food plan.As for the town, the people at the Co-Op and the library and the post office and the hardware store are way friendly. Not so much at the grocery store. Haven't been in the bars yet because I am pretty much always working/doing homework/in class/at a club meeting. There are only a couple bars, but the school actually built a little hangout spot for students down by the river. It's pretty cool.
|Oct 31 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I am a senior and a biology major. I find the program rewarding although the technology and equipment is lackluster and outdated. The faculty are mostly invested in academics rather than research, so opportunities to develop technique are far and few between. I also am a college athlete. I participate in soccer and lacrosse. I participate in student government, am an undergraduate researcher in a psychology lab, and have played rugby. There is little to do in the town, aside from restaurants, a couple of bars, and a small "movie theater". The nearest "cities" are Burlington, VT, and Albany, NY. It's really easy to get involved on campus, but some things, such as clubs, will have too few members to really be productive. Many wonderful resources such as athletics, clubs, campus activities, and others have so little student support that they almost go to waste. Being from a small school has been really interesting in that the faculty here are willing to bend over backwards to help you grab opportunities. I have received awesome career advice and letters of recommendation from my professors, I even have gotten help from the President of the college! Another thing, is that the administration is accessible. I am fairly friendly with the President and am able to meet with him occasionally, and this is due to his accessibility. The administration does an admirable job trying to be transparent and keep students informed and able to share their opinions. The staff such as maintenance, library resources, housekeeping, residence life, student life, and dining services, are always friendly and warm. Whether it's the cleaning lady on my floor, the assistant to the Dean of Students, or Ed who makes omelets, the staff makes a strong effort to make me feel comfortable by getting to know me and always being kind. Students are easy to interact with, and you can have a great conversation with anyone here. Dorms are decent sized, single rooming fees are reasonable, the food is good, campus is safe, buildings are clean, and the property is well-maintained.One bad thing is the lack of diversity of students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds (age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical/mental ability, socio-economic, et c). You will see, at least as far as students go: 18-22, upper middle class, heterosexual, non-disability, white students. Also, if you were thinking you'd like to live off-campus then don't apply here. The enrollment usually just scrapes by and students are forced to live on campus unless they meet absurd requirements. |
|Mar 08 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |