- Class: Freshman
- Major: Other
- Gender: F
- High School: Evanston Township High School
- Transfer Student: N
There are things to do in Colorado Springs; plenty of places to eat, karaoke bars...mega churches... The general liberal view of the college and the very conservative view of the city are somewhat at odds. The downtown is close to campus and pretty nice. I think the administration does a great job. Some people complain that the president is too much of a businessman, but I have a lot of respect for what he does, how much gets done, and the amount of feedback the administration wants from the students.
Professors always know my name. They are very accessible and always willing to put in extra time. Students study often but at the same time any day of the week you can find people to party with. I do have intellectual conversations outside of class, sometimes even when everyone in the conversation is under the influence. Students don't talk about grades and they are not competitive. If they are competitive, very few talk about it. And that is not a lie, because at a lot of the top liberal arts schools they say the students are not competitive, but they really are. That's not true here. One of the very best aspects of the block plan is the ability to go on field trips and not have to worry about it interfering with other classes. I am thinking about majoring in geology because you learn by going all around the west to see real-life examples of what you are studying. It is hard to believe as you are driving through the mountains, seeing this beautiful landscape, and camping out at night that this is class. It's awesome. The drawback of having three hours of class in one day (if you're not in a class that is on a field trip) is that towards the end of the three hours, people tend to participate less and are anxious to get out of class. Ecofeminism is the most unique class I have taken so far.
I have not heard about people talking about how much they'll earn. No, definitely not. Students are politically aware and pretty active, but not everyone. The campus, and faculty, too, generally lean left. However the conservative voice on campus is not silent, either. People here are generally accepting towards different groups of people. There have been some issues with homophobic graffiti on campus this year that is troubling, but there was a strong student response against that issue. Students are pretty relaxed about what they wear to class. There's a lot of plaid and flannel and Carhartts and Chacos and garments purchased at thrift stores. In general, the campus is pretty white and privileged. There is a big push from the student body to become more racially diverse, though.
The Best Things
Block breaks, the friendly students, the sun, the fun!
The Worst Things
Fitting an entire Biology textbook into three and a half weeks of class.