|Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)|
|Gender: Male||This person cares more about Individual Value than the average student.|
Individual Value F
|Describes the student body mostly as:|
Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant, Approachable, Broken Spirit, Snooty, Closeminded
Describes the faculty mostly as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed
Faculty Accessibility A+
|How this student rated the school:|
|Educational Quality||A- ||Faculty Accessibility||A+ |
|Useful Schoolwork||B- ||Excess Competition||B+ |
|Academic Success||B+ ||Creativity/Innovation||A- |
|Individual Value||F ||University Resource Use||B |
|Campus Aesthetics/Beauty||B ||Friendliness||B |
|Campus Maintenance||B ||Social Life||F |
|Surrounding City||F ||Extra Curriculars||F |
is, well, a liberal arts college. Liberal arts colleges
prepare you exclusively for graduate school, particularly in this economy.
Going here “for the learning,” like I did, is
very much superficial. You can learn at any college,
and the classes at Grinnell are so demanding that you
need to be aware of your true intellectual interests and
work very hard. In this sense, the open curriculum
is at once a good and bad thing. Left-leaning
liberal arts colleges are also, unfortunately, full of hipsters and
oftentimes extremely annoying, very self-righteous “activists” (and sometimes non-annoying, non-self-righteous
activists). If you go, you can't say you weren't
warned about this aspect, haha. You also need to
weigh your desire for a social life versus your desire
to immerse yourself in academia. If social life is
equally important/ just as important to you as academia, weigh
your options very carefully and do an overnight stay.
Hell, do two overnight stays. If a fishbowl feel
freaks you out, I'd be wary of coming here.
Ditto for isolation. Ditto for drinking/ drug-focused social scene.
It also helps to be mentally stable/ well-adjusted/ fundamentally
happy as a person. Also, as a word of
advice, read Ratemyprofessors before picking professors. This may go
without saying, but even at a teaching-focused school like Grinnell
(maybe particularly at a teaching-focused school like Grinnell), it is
VERY important, especially if the class is challenging to you.
I would also strongly encourage you to join a
sports team, if you have ANY athletic ability at all
(it's DIII after all...). My feeling of belonging at
Grinnell would have been much more amplified.
shouldn't bash Grinnell so much. If you like off-beat
people (even if they're sometimes annoyingly or ingratiatingly off-beat), are
extremely liberal (and don't like to argue positions for the
sake of arguing lol), are confident in yourself and your
abilities, can see yourself using 80% of your time working
on your studies, and can deal with the small campus
and small town in a very isolated location, I'd say
to go for it! :-) Don't let a silly moderately
liberal, oftentimes insecure city boy dissuade you!