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| This school is hard, challenging, and the absolute best! I don't think there are many schools that would come anywhere close to it. In addition to facilities and human resources, the intellectual environment of Evergreen is very rare. |
|Feb 08 2007|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I expected much, much more out of this school. While the idea of learning for learning's sake is brilliant (instead of letter grades, you recieve evaluations regarding your work), in practice, it simply does not work enough of the time. Of course, this is in my experience. Perhaps if I were interested in Women's Studies, Ecology, or Postmodernism, I might be singing a different tune. One very nice thing about it are the contracts, which allow you to draft your idea for independent study, get it approved by a professor, and get credit for it.|
There are simply not enough courses. This is a huge problem for someone interested in specific fields.
There are some very positive things at Evergreen. I learned how to get along with people through Seminar. Seminar is a small group of people who discuss ideas the instructor has gone over. It's a great way to learn more about people and yourself, also, to re-evaluate your ideas and make friendships.
Some of the professors are hugely ignorant and self-absorbed. Some of them are just plain confused. Some of them are excellent at teaching. It's a mixed bag. The student body is also mixed. There are a lot of interesting hipsters and 'progressive thinkers', but also a bunch of washed-out hippies and idiots who spout out bullshit. Just beware. Know what you want. Blah blah blah.
|Feb 07 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| As with any institution, Evergreen is a mixed bag. On the one hand, instead of being forced to acquire skills which you have no intention of using, one can focus exclusively on the subject which they intend to pursue in graduate school. Conversely, because a students' knowledge is very narrow (depending of course on their academic direction), job opportunities following graduation tend to be rather limited. The faculty, like society at large, is very diverse, being composed of a broad gamut of individuals. Before choosing a program, one should scrutinize the faculty with whom they will be working with. Evergreen has interdisciplinary programs, which means you only take one program per quarter: if you choose a program with a worthless professor, you're in it for the long haul. Basically, at a place like Evergreen you get what you put in. |
|Dec 03 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2007 |