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Date: Dec 26 2012 Major: Language - French/Spanish/etc. (This Major's Salary over time) I graduated from SMC in 2006 and am honestly surprised to read some of these negative reviews, especially from alumni members! Academically, SMC has an excellent reputation, and professionally, when I tell people I went there all hold a high opinion of it. Looking back on my experiences 6+ years ago, my academic experience stands out the most. I took challenging courses, studied abroad for a full year and majored in something I was passionate about. I developed friendships with my professors, one of whom even attended my wedding a few months ago.Socially, the school can be challenging. I didn't have a great freshman year, but this was largely in part to a bad roommate experience. There are a lot of cliques, but…when the student body is mostly white and catholic, would you really be expecting a lot of diversity? I was not a big partier and still had a lot of fun. The location? Yup it's cold up there in the winter, unbearable sometimes. But, when it's beautiful, it is…gorgeous. Burlington is a great little town to go to college in and if you like to ski or snowboard, it's your paradise. The campus is beautiful too.Did SMC prepare me for life after college? Maybe. But, I studied abroad for a year and took advantage of a lot of opportunities that were available for me. It's difficult to say SMC does prepare you for what's next, because everyone takes a different turn. Did I learn a lot? Yes. Did I participate in things that challenged my ways of thinking? Yes.College, like anything else in life, is what you make of it. For those who have a really negative outlook on their experience at SMC, just remember, people don't like to hang around negative people - maybe SMC isn't the problem, maybe it's your attitude!