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I'm sorry to read the comments some of the other students have written. Naropa was my third college and I found it to be just what I was looking for. I will say honestly that there were areas of the curriculum I found lacking, but I had already experienced this at two other schools. So, that didn't really phase me. Look, all colleges are going to have prerequisite classes that don't really seem very useful or relevant; Naropa is no different. Naropa is not for everyone, that is for sure, but I wouldn't say it is for "older people" either. As a psychology student I was presented with plenty of traditional Western Psych training with the supplementation of very unique and helpful Eastern perspectives. I think this HAS given me a great advantage in the real world. Also, Naropa was a lot of fun! A LOT of fun! So many people will go to college and really not experience the sense of community that a small college like Naropa offers. Boulder in general is a great party town, and I think 50% of being a student in college is coming of age and having a wild time. Boulder is great for that, and I found the atmosphere of Naropa conducive to making so many friends that I continue to be in touch with. No other college that I have experienced has offered this. When you look back on college years from now, a lot of the stuff people may criticize Naropa for will seem insignificant. I know many people going to other 4 year colleges in the area, and I have to say I feel sorry for them. They have no sense of community, and many of them seem totally unengaged, like they are just trying to get through this daunting task and move on. You will never find that at Naropa. You will have memories and friends to last a lifetime, leave being at peace with yourself and the world around, and really be well-rounded as a person, not just a brain.
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