The Evergreen State College
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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.
The material and the other students I spent that year with were a sharp spur.
I knew many students who were doing incredible things with their Evergreen experience as well: studying science, studying math, writing plays, making music, studying economics, studying art. At Evergreen, you will encounter some of the brightest people of your generation. They are all there, like you, seeking thought without boundaries and without conformation. It was unquestionably the most intellectually, artistically invigorating environment I have ever been in.
There are the other folks there as well: the stoners, lazy asses, etc.. And they will be in your classes, and you will feel disgusted that they earn the same degree as you,but you don't have to hang out with those people (move off campus as soon as you can) and you can still get a tremendous intellectual experience despite those voices in your class.
Because Evergreen offers such an open academic experience, try other classes. If you don't like your program, take another one. If you've been drawn to Evergreen, it's very likely there are some people like you within the campus body. You may have to look a bit to find them.
I have encountered Evergreen grads all around the world and I always feel a kinship with them. There is something special about this school and, if you feel right there, your experience and the friends you make will continue to define your world vision and your heart.I suggest checking out the campus and seeing how you feel. There is very much a sense of place there.
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