highly disagree with many of the negative comments I've read.
Yes, Galesburg is small and by no means impressive, but
I think many students constantly complain about the town or
about how they feel trapped within the “Knox Bubble”, while
never stepping off campus to truly explore the town and
get to know people outside of Knox. Whatever you think
is wrong with Galesburg is what's wrong with most small
Also, I've always felt extremely safe on the
Knox campus and in Galesburg. The incidents I've heard about
could happen in any college campus (petty vandalism, date-rape, a
couple of robberies); I don't see how Knox stands out
in this respect.
The student body is fairly diverse.
There are quite a few people from the Chicago metropolitan
area, but there is a good number of international students
and a lot of kids from Portland (?!). Most students
are politically liberal; a lot of them seem to suffer
from white/upper class guilt and that can get annoying. I've
met a good share of intelligent, mature and interesting individuals
as well as quite a few morons. I supposed that'd
be true of any school.
A few general things:
The party scene is not the best, but
I wouldn't say the school is boring. The food in
the cafeteria is awful. The dorms are acceptable although some
are much better than others. The campus is pretty, but
during the winter you feel trapped and a lot of
people get depressed. The amount of work can be intense
and the trimester system does not work for everybody; if
you are a slow reader you might struggle with it.
The wireless system is very slow, but I think they
were supposed to fix it. There's a lot of gossip,
which would be the case in any small school/town. There's
a lot of extracurricular activities and if you can't find
what you want you can create your own club (providing
that other people would want to join).
think what sets Knox apart is the amount of financial
aid the school gives (part of the reason why not
“enough” money is spent on facilities), which means that not
everyone is rich.
The other thing that sets the
school apart is its wonderful faculty (at least in the
humanities, it seems a lot of people complain about the
sciences) and the amount of independence and self-motivation that is
expected from you. The school will in fact give you
money if you have a specific (and realistic) project in
mind. I've had quite a few professors that have made
me a much better writer, thinker and scholar and I'm
deeply grateful to them for helping me grow during my
years at Knox.
Admittedly, to succeed at
Knox you must be organized, hard working and independent; the
professors are very helpful and knowledgeable, but many of them
do not have patience for people who don't care. If
you at least try however, I've found that most professor
are genuinely willing to help you.
Also, you can
design your own major/minor, as well as undertake independent project.
The school in fact, encourages and funds independent projects. I've
found that this school works best for students who take
their learning into their own hands. The professors and administration
will guide you (or give you money), but you
will be responsible for your own education.
I love this
school and I think I've received a wonderful education in
and outside the classroom.