College is a place where, if the student so chooses,
they can be creatively and intellectually challenged. Many of
the professors I have encountered ask a lot of their
students; courses involve a lot of reading, plenty of writing,
and the room to flex creative muscle in terms of
what students want to write about.
The school has many
unique opportunities that cannot be found at other colleges. For
instance, the political science department offers a series of courses
on constitutional law in which students spend extensive amounts of
time writing legal briefs on contemporaneous cases, and at the
culmination of the class, they have the opportunity to present
their case before a federal judge (who does not actually
pass any judgment on the cases, but even so, it
is an incredible experience).
It is true that Galesburg, the
surrounding town, is not the most exciting place, but many
of the students have transportation and can get to places
where nightlife is more active. That said, the Greek
life on campus is unlike that at most other colleges
and universities, and many of the parties they throw are
open to the entire campus, providing a much needed social
life to the school. There are a few bars and
restaurants frequented by students, so we are not entirely wanting
when it comes to local activities.
All in all, I
have to say that Knox is not for everyone. It
is a small school in a small town, and for
people like me, it is absolutely perfect. I can get
to know professors without getting lost in a sea of
students. The friends I've made make a very close-knit group,
though everyone knows just about everyone else. All I can
say is that I love my school.