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The Evergreen State College

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Evergreen has a very intense biochemistry curriculum that

Sep 04 2013Chemistry
Evergreen has a very intense biochemistry curriculum that WILL get you into a grad school of your choice, provided that you put in the effort and time that it takes to get there. Evergreen has a large endowment from the National Science Foundation that can attest to this fact. The amount of time that you have to spend studying and self-teaching at Evergreen is high compared to other colleges, especially when your faculty expect you to do independent projects or learn instruments.

The student body at Evergreen is "politically correct" to the point that it can be patronizing and alienating, almost like how a mother would explain to their child that their "weird cousin" is visiting. I think that people should be nice to each other and skip the FYI's about cultural appropriation, but that's just my opinion.

Also, some other academic pathways are significantly easier than others, which creates the illusion that you can come to Evergreen and smoke pot all day. Let's just say you CAN do that, but I don't advise it. If you think of yourself as a "C" student and you don't care, Evergreen is not the school for you. This system sets you up so that your choices have consequences, and you can choose for them to be good or bad. Which I think is why so many greeners are successful after graduating.

One final thing is that at Evergreen, faculty expect you to communicate very crisply and keenly. You can expect to have the best paper you've ever written covered in red ink or the best presentation you've ever given to be shot down. This is just because faculty want to teach you to exude professionalism, which I hope will make me stand out in interviews and/or cover letters.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Innovation: A+, Friendliness: F

The education quality is very good and Evergreen

Aug 31 2013Other
The education quality is very good and Evergreen really did teach me how to look at things in many different and interesting ways. But its the fellow students that go there that made my time at Evergreen an extremely negative experience. Be warned: you will have to deal with the most... undisciplined, immature, arrogant, and closed-minded people you're likely to ever meet.

Should one focus on education quality alone while looking for colleges? Does five years of being told by my fellow students that I'm a horrible person for studying technology and a little bit of mathematics instead of doing drugs and fighting for the oppressed peoples of the world justify my BA?I gained some valuable knowledge while at Evergreen. However, I really should have transferred instead of putting my mind to "finishing what I started."

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Supply Manager Preparedness: F Reputation: F

The academics are pretty good here

May 26 2013Public Health
The academics are pretty good here. There are no general learning prerequisites, for myself this was great because as a freshman it gave me a chance to explore my interests right away. Academic planning is a must if you plan on doing anything (academic) with your Evergreen degree, most programs have prerequisites for grad-school built into them but you can also take advantage of individual study contracts to get extra credit in a needed area. Grad-school is a common option for many after Evergreen, some also go into volunteer work. I would highly recommend going to the academic fairs and talking with the professors to get a feel for their specific program/class. You really can get liberal dollop of everything in your studies, being open and willing to explore learning in new areas will increase the awesomeness of your experience at Evergreen.

Campus groups tend to have themes that revolve around ecological sustainability, social justice and/or spiritual awareness, becoming apart of them can help one to feel more connected to a community. Evergreen sorely lacks in a on-campus sense of "community", most events hosted on-campus are poorly attended and the student body, although highly diverse, seems more independent-focused. Many students transfer to Evergreen from other colleges. Evergreen has tendency to attract liberal thinkers from all around the country (as well as from Washington State): DC, Chicago,the Bay Area, LA to list a few common areas.

The forest extending out behind campus is super awesome and beautiful, with plenty trails to explore. The forest is one my top favorite things about Evergreen. On the all too frequent overcast days the main campus' over abundance of grey concrete can be dull and unsatisfying. Lots of people smoke (in the designated areas) on campus and on stagnate days the air fills up with smell of burnt tobacco. As a city, Olympia has the prefect mix of small/funky downtown charm and suburban amenities. Riding the bus is free with your student id, 2 routes run pretty frequently from the college to the downtown (the ride takes about 20-30 mins. The routes also have grocery stores and the mall (both 15 mins away). That being said plenty of people ride bikes to and from campus, there are lanes all across the city. Since I both live, work and go to school on campus I prefer walking...but sometimes if I want to visit friends that live off campus I wish I had a bike. The weather is wet and not too cold(depending on what part of the country you come from). A waterproof jacket is a must and rain boots are good if you like to explore the outdoors. The music scene is pretty eclectic, there are always bands hosting showing on the weekends in town or on the Westside (of Olympia).

2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Friendliness: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D

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