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| I just finished my first year at UVM, and I have been very pleased with my overall experience and all the opportunities granted to me. I identify as an ALANA Classics major, and I have received much support from the ALANA community as well as my major department. I was in the Integrated Humanities Program, where a group of 30 freshman lived together and took 3 classes a semester together (English, Religion, History) with some of the most brilliant, albeit eccentric professors at the school. The foundation of this program is on the great books of the Classical and Modern era, which we explored deeply. If you're interested at all in the humanities, I would recommend this program immensely - though do be warned it is a lot of work at times, and if you're not engaged in the readings you'll soon become disillusioned. Also IHP students tend to have a reputation for being "good students," almost on par with the Honors College kids; they also are very likely to get into the Honors College should they apply Sophomore year. |
If you're an incoming freshman, I would recommend applying to a programmed housing dorm, where you will most likely be in suite living (in the Living and Learning center) with people who have the same interests as you. As I've already emphasized the academic nature of my program, these programs in general are great ways to click with people.
While the dorms are not palaces my any means (except University Heights N and S...), whenever anything broke in our suite we sent in a "fix-it" report which was taken care of within one day. The repairmen were friendly and efficient, so I have absolutely no qualms about that. Very rarely did I ever see actual vomit anywhere in my living quarters (maybe once, after the Naked Bike Ride), but in suite-style living you also have to clean your bathrooms yourself. So maybe that was part of it.
All of the professors I have had, in IHP, the Classics department, and in the few general requirement courses I've taken thus far have been very approachable and helpful.
The campus is beautiful, of course. While many of the buildings aren't new, I think they are taken care of fairly well. And the older buildings that house many of the major departments are essentially antiques - creaking floors, wood paneling and very quaint.
Since this is UVM, many people do smoke weed and drink regularly. At least where I lived though, it was not hard to find people who didn't (if you're not looking to party often - live in L/L). And I was never actually pressured to smoke or drink when I didn't want to; everyone understood and left it alone. I honestly didn't find it an issue, and only occasionally overheard very vapid conversations at a house party on the weekend. If you get into you're niche, I think you'll like the social activities on the weekends. I personally wasn't into frat parties or big keggers, but there are plenty of other low-key "parties" that you will run into if you know the right people.I think UVM is great, and I think that those who take issues with it have not put in enough effort to discover all of the opportunities that are here. There are a ton, just do your research. Get a work-study job if you can, get to know your professors, be a TA, get involved with a club, try out a few parties.
|May 11 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| You're a white, upper middle class person from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, or Vermont. During your years in high school you decided you didn't get to be outdoorsy enough, or you weren't around enough people that liked to smoke weed, so you thought UVM would be a great place to be a laid back toker during this new pop culture of weed smoking.|
Some come to UVM as the 2010's version of the hipster - a lot different from the more anti-consumer hipsters of the 2000's. These new hipsters are actually a parallel to those; they all buy name brand gear and clothes (Supreme hats, Nixon watches, Snowboard brands, Go Pro Cameras, etc) and emphasize a sense of white privilege while spending their parent's money on nonstop weed. This white privilege is made even more ironic in that weed rap is the preferred choice of music. Lots of 2Chainz, Currency, whoever is in the scene of de-intellectualization.
The kids who aren't a part of this phenomenon are almost washed out. They don't know who to be, what to talk about, and there's an overwhelming sense in all of them to stay positive. Everyone is paying so much for their college experience, and yet everyone feels extremely different from one another. This is the problem is a post-hippie community, there is no community anymore and everyone tries to fit in a niche. The problem is, this new generation of computer zombies and party-hordes is highly fragmented. I can assure to you that the social environment is extremely hard to navigate and the norms (talking about what you did last weekend, easy going positive topics) are distancing.
Unless you are a highly developed extraverted person, don't expect to come here and have it happen for you. We are living in a fragmented time, and UVM is a living emblem of generational problems. Visit this campus on a normal day and observe people talking and try to see if they really enjoy the conversation. And also look at the people who aren't talking. There's a lot to be said under the surface and it's all hidden. So by all means, come to UVM if you think basement parties every weekend never get old, if you don't care about building intimate friendships, if you constantly ignore the big picture and look at the details to stay positive. They say this school is down to earth, and that's literally the vantage point everyone has. Future robots.
|Mar 25 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| This is a very nice school that will provide you with a good education if you are willing to put up with bullshit classes. Some Professors know how to teach, others do not. The bad thing is that everyone up here is very introverted and just want to smoke cigarettes and get high after class. Thats fine and all but don't come here and expect to have an awesome experience unless you have a car or are willing to stick it out until you are an upperclassmen. I love the area but would rather come up during my breaks rather than be here during the academic year. |
|Oct 02 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |