StudentsReview - Bard College Simon's Rock - Life at BCSR Copyright 2018 StudentsReview, Ecliptical Technologies, Inc. http://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html Life at BCSR - Comments en StudentsReview: Neutral Review about BCSR for Psychologyhttp://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html Simon's Rock has a lot of things right. One of my favorite things is that students can do activism on campus to change what they don't like. The administration makes it easy to bring up concerns. The ... Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:39:12 GMT StudentsReview 598-183677 598-183677 598 38 Psychology Female Undergraduate Class 1921 1st Year Neutral Simon's Rock has a lot of things right. One of my favorite things is that students can do activism on campus to change what they don't like. The administration makes it easy to bring up concerns. The faculty are great, the classes are great, the students are great. The dorms are okay, the food isn't the best. Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:39:12 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html StudentsReview: Positive Review about BCSR for Unknownhttp://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html Simon's Rock is different than other schools because everybody actually wants to be here. It's not the "logical next step" to drop out of high school and come to college, so the students who are here ... Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:00:34 GMT StudentsReview 598-182165 598-182165 598 0 Unknown Male Undergraduate Class 2018 4th Year Positive Simon's Rock is different than other schools because everybody actually wants to be here. It's not the "logical next step" to drop out of high school and come to college, so the students who are here actively want to be here. Also, Simon's Rock makes it really easy to transfer if you want to, so if you arrive and discover that this isn't the right place for you, they help you find where you should be, so throughout the four years, students who are here really do want to be here. Professors also are very passionate about their subjects and clearly very excited to be teaching students who are so engaged and willing to work hard. It creates this really great atmosphere where everyone is excited about learning, excited about the opportunity to attend college, must less such a great college, and aware that this is a privilege that most people don't get. Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:00:34 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html StudentsReview: Advice Review about BCSR for Engineering Departmenthttp://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html First off, Simon's Rock is a school full of passionate and driven students. So, let's start with Writing and Thinking workshop. It will be one of the most challenging weeks of your entire stay at Si... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:38:16 GMT StudentsReview 598-180608 598-180608 598 61 Engineering Department Male Undergraduate Class 2017 1st Year Advice First off, Simon's Rock is a school full of passionate and driven students.
So, let's start with Writing and Thinking workshop. It will be one of the most challenging weeks of your entire stay at Simon's Rock, both emotionally and academically. You'll have two types of students, the ones who finish their work dead early, or the ones who sit in the lounge all night until 3 writing an essay for the next day. Groups start almost immediately and it will feel like summer camp. Most groups are formed with 1) Workshop groups and 2) Roommates. In fact, most of the groups that are together for the first semester are from the same writing and thinking workshop. After the week is over, everything will start to seem fine, but then the rest of the Simon's Rock students will come. That's when the process of meeting new people starts again. The Dining hall with explode with the amount of people crammed in. Don't be scared though, most of the students at Simon's Rock are welcoming and friendly, just remember to be open. Like every school you do have those douchebags and snoots, but the students at Simon's Rock are really accepting. Warning for those who are not prepared or aware, this is an EXTREMELY liberal school, so if you know that you will not get along or contradict with some of the ideals of a liberal, then I would recommend not coming here. The school prides itself on being accepting and for the most part it is. The campus is fully of diversity, but there is a lot of animosity as well. If you are religious (I found this mainly for christians), you and your religion will be challenged if you are open about it. Prepare for (possibly insulting) comments in class that disregard religion. If you are wealthy or have money you will be encountered with people who aren't as well off as you. Those people will badger you about how much money that you have and they don't (even though most of the campus is EXTREMELY wealthy). If you are white, expect to be called out on a number of occasions. Bottom line: If you don't fit into to the social environment of SR, then you'll be isolated AND if you have morals or ideals that are different from SR then you should seriously reconsider coming here.

Along with the social life, there comes safety. There are a lot of minors here with no parents, so be wary of what you do and who you do it with. Drugs are big problem on campus. You will smell weed EVERYWHERE. When you walk to class, in class, in your dorms, etc. There are a lot of incidents with SR, drugs, and the hospital. So be safe kids. There will be a point in the year that at least one person will go to the ER every weekend. They're not all because of drugs, but for a school of only 400, that's a lot of ambulances. Drinking isn't that big of a problem here. Next issue: the birds and the bees. Make sure you know who's with who or else things will get messy. Don't be too impulsive either because if something does wrong, you're bound to hear or see that person the next week even if you actively try to avoid them. There are a lot of rape cases with Simon's Rock as well. Most people know about them, but everybody pretends not to.

Health services provides a lot of emotional support and counseling and the disabilities center is very understanding. Health services closes at 5 and when you need them the most, they've already gone home. They aren't open on the weekends either so don't get hurt. If you want real support though, you'll have an academic advisor who might as well be your therapist. They check on your academics and emotional health (if you get a good one). Make sure you click with your advisor and if you don't, DO NOT HESITATE to change them. It'll help you in the long run. If you find a professor that you end up loving, make sure you change your advisor fast because if they're pretty popular, other students will probably want them too.

Most students transfer after the 2 years and their AA. SR is so tiny that it doesn't have the materials or the classes that most of the students here need. The professors are amazing, but because of the few professors they have, the classes can be exclusive, the classes you need with clash with one another, or they are only offered every 2-3 years. So choose wisely. Be prepared to write a lot, even in your math classes and be prepared to be constantly put on the spot. You'll eventually have to teach a lesson in at least one of your classes and SR is big on taking initiative and deep thinking. If you miss one assignment you WILL fall behind and your grades WILL suffer. Because of the intimacy of the classes as well, if you fail to do an assignment, you will be embarrassed and people will notice that you didn't do your work. So come prepared. SERIOUSLY.

I loved Simon's Rock. I made friends that I'll keep for a lifetime and an education that prepared me for the future. The education that you get at Simon's Rock is like no other. In the moment you look at what you're doing as ridiculous (Seminar), but once you leave Simon's Rock, you'll notice how much you've grown both academically and personally. Don't come here because you only want to leave high school. Don't come here because you want to get away from your personal problems at home. The people who do it solely for those reasons don't last here. You can have a combo of these, but the main reason should be here is because you want to be challenged. I'm not degrading SR or trying to lure people away from this college. I'm just warning those who are debating whether or not to come here. If you look at my comments and decide to come. Great! But if you look at my comments and decide it's not the place for you, then look at your other options. I know people who loved Simon's Rock and I know people who hated Simon's Rock. It all depends on who you are and what you want to do. I wish you luck, whether it's at Simon's Rock or not :)
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StudentsReview: Positive Review about BCSR for Undecidedhttp://www.studentsreview.com/MA/SRC_comments.html Simon's Rock is a great place if you go for the right reasons. If you are looking for a strong liberal arts education and learning both in and out of the classroom, this is the place for you. You will... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:08:00 GMT StudentsReview 598-175518 598-175518 598 52 Undecided Female Undergraduate Class 2017 1st Year Positive Simon's Rock is a great place if you go for the right reasons. If you are looking for a strong liberal arts education and learning both in and out of the classroom, this is the place for you. You will grow so much as a person here, and become more articulate and sound in your views. You will be exposed to a diverse population with many different background experiences, and your peers will support you and inspire you. As this is a non-traditional college (ie you don't need a high school diploma to go here), you should be sure to do the research on the requirements for the transfer schools you are interested in (if you are planning on transferring after your AA). I wish
I had been given more information and guidance on transferring from here, it is not as easy as it is claimed to be on the website. As for the staff, they are wonderful, unique individuals whom you will learn a lot from, and they are also very approachable and willing to learn from you. In particular, your skills as a writer will increase during your time here (I hope you enjoy writing,) because even math classes have a large writing component. This school is especially great for those just beginning college, because the workload and skill set you acquire will prepare you for other schools. Obviously, it is a small institution, so there are not that many classes available to take, especially in upper-level topics, which is a reason to transfer after the AA. (I am currently frustrated at the lack of biology courses, specifically there is no marine biology course!) In terms of extracurriculars and night life, there is not much. Clubs tend to die out and everything in town closes quite early. However, you will not be bored, because most of your time will be dedicated to your classes. In my free time, I just hang out with friends around campus. The people you meet here are a lot of fun and a great source of entertainment. (Also, the surrounding area is beautiful, I enjoy running every chance I get). The campus is very inclusive and you will not have any trouble fitting in: diversity is celebrated here. In conclusion, the time you spend here can be life-changing in the best way possible, as long as you know what you want out of the experience and are willing to work for it. Take the fullest advantage of all the resources available to you here, and never be afraid to ask for help.
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