fell in love with Williams College as soon as I
visited it. I've been here for two semesters now, and
I can honestly say it has surpassed all of my
Academics: I am challenged in my work, and pushed
to do well. I don't feel like I am working
the system or doing busy work. At the same time,
the attitude here is about working hard in the areas
you are motivated to do so. If you want to
learn a subject, you will. There won't be any busy
work or bullshit (at least in my experience). What I
especially like about the college is that the administration goes
out of their way to make sure you're not overstressed.
They'll have huge stress-busting events during finals, and they organize
these little fairs and festivals at random intervals. Plus, there's
free psych counseling if you need a little more help.
Professors are extremely open to extensions and letting slip ups
slide—they seem really sympathetic to students with loaded schedules.
I remember when I was applying that I read Williams
was ranked as one of the top schools in which
everything “ran like butter.” I wholeheartedly concur. Everything just seems
to work properly. The administration is very good at handling
situations, and they're very open to student suggestion. The professors
themselves are all exactly what you'd want from professors. They're
intelligent, prestigious, and absolutely in love with their jobs and
the college. They're helpful and understanding.
Social Life: I come
from a rural area, so it wasn't a big challenge
for me to adopt to the quiet of Williamstown, although
I'm sure some city-folk would have difficulties. Despite it being
in the middle of the Berkshires, things are never dull
here. There are always parties (they're not great parties, admittedly,
but you'll have fun), and loads of events all over
campus. If you need a break from the usual scene,
several small cities are within driving distance, and there are
always plays, movies, art galleries, and other things to do
As far as alcohol is concerned, drinkers and nondrinkers
are fine here. I did not want to drink much
in college when I was applying, and I would have
been fine if I continued that philosophy. Because of the
entry system (freshmen live in groups of 20 or so
with two JA's (junior advisers)), you will have access to
alcohol through your JA's and a group to go party
with from the start.
Aside from that, the people
here are some of the best people I've ever met.
I'm learning a lot about other people's cultures, I'm meeting
people from all over the world, and I'm chilling with
people who are very different than me. Everyone here is
so friendly, the students, professors, faculty, the janitors even... everyone
seems to love being here and, for the most part,
are really happy, motivated, enthusiastic people.