ice-nine (dot_commie) wrote in realcollege,

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aimless student...xposted.

Hey there. I'm Katie, a junior in high school, and already feeling college looming...I've been looking seriously at Reed, Hampshire, New College, Swarthmore, Amherst, and less seriously at Sarah Lawrence and Columbia (in NYC, not Chicago). I had been looking at Bennington, but I've heard negative things about its current state, like mass budget cuts and disorganization. Anyway, I was just curious as to feedback about those schools. What I've heard so far (mind you, I haven't visited the schools yet...):

  • Reed, while academically rigorous, can be stressful/has a big workload. Loads of drugs (which doesn't really bother me), and the kids can be arrogant, self-righteous asses.

  • Hampshire isn't all that rigorous, and full of "kids who make bad art"

  • Swarthmore...stressful.

And, about me: I've been involved in various anti-war, vaguely-liberal groups, and while I hesitate to align myself with any group, most of my beliefs are left-wing. But I get annoyed with activists that care more about pissing people off than actually accomplishing things. As a poetry teacher of mine once said, "I have hippy beliefs, but I can't stand hippies themselves." So that's my concern with some of these schools...that they'll be full of mindless activist types who haven't read anything beyond Michael Moore, or Chomsky if they're ambitious.

But I definitely know I want to go to a school with an nontraditional approach to education. Hampshire's setup appeals to me. At the same time, I don't want to go to a gimp school...I want to go someplace that values intellectual pursuit, and has standards, etc. I wouldn't mind a big workload too much. I'm not sure what I want to do, exactly...leaning towards journalism, latin-american studies, or creative writing, maybe something in biotech or photojournalism. Who knows.

Anyway, there's my plea. :(
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