- Class: Freshman
- Major: French Studies
- Gender: F
- High School: Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Conn College is the camel mascot, hands down. And Marc Zimmer. If I could, I would take this school and put it in NYC to remove the "bubble" factor of this campus that removes us from the real world (which is not so appealing as our world is New London, CT). This school is too small, which is probably one reason why most people ask me if I mean I go to UConn when I mention Conn College. No, I know what school I go to, thank you. It may also have to do with New London being in the middle of nowhere and possessing qualities that match its location. Despite this, there is a good amount of school pride. Conn College doesn't feel very much like a "real" college because it's so small that many things run on a more informal level and allows for a lot less bureaucracy than most schools. On the whole, Conn College is a cool place for those resourceful enough to find something to do in this teeny uneventful place.
Academics are the best part of Conn. Professors know most of their students' names (all my professors know mine). My favorite class was my French Cinema class (probably due to the awesome professor). We basically watched movies, talked about them, and wrote the occasional paper. Small class size, fun material, good discussion- pretty much the definition of good Conn classes. Least favorite class: Intro to Human Development. Total bull of a subject to begin with, my professor LOVED to hear himself talk for ages, and our assignments were rarely relevant to class. Least favorite experience with a class: a professor (little older than his students with a major ego)had students "plead their cases" to him to get into a class that was full. The point was that whoever best catered to his ego trip got in. People participate in classes most of the time (usually the same people), but intellectual conversations rarely leave the classroom. Students are not that competitive (many kids do just enough to get by). Conn's academics are pretty stimulating, but not that demanding, which is nice.
Conn is very aware of different social groups on campus, almost too aware. They are pointed out all too often and exaggerated. I don't know how other students feel, but as a student marked "of color" (I'm from Venezuela but I couldn't be less "hispanic"), it drives me insane. I don't think students feel out of place at Conn because everyone manages to find a niche (people who feel out of place usually do because of this place, not the people). Most students are the typical trendy rich New-Englanders, but there are exceptions. Students are fairly politically aware, predominantly associating with the left. As diverse as Conn is considering its size and location, its total detachment from New London and its surroundings make it a socially limiting environment.
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