- Class: Junior
- Major: Other
- Gender: M
- High School: Weston High School
- Transfer Student: N
One of the main appeals of Connecticut College is its location. Standing on the top of the green during a sunny day overlooking the Long Island Sound you see why. The greenÕs breathtaking views, combined with the old dorm buildings truly make Connecticut College a unique place. Spatially, Conn offers more than a view also. ItÕs location as essentially a mid-point between Boston and New York (an hour and a half and two hours away respectively) makes it a draw from both locations. They might not be that close, but no other liberal arts school can offer the proximity to two big cities. Unfortunately, location can also be one of ConnÕs downsides. Due to ConnÕs minuscule size (less than 2,000 can eventually wear on you) many students feel the need to get off campus from time to time. The only problem is the utter lack of a college town. To get even get off campus you need a car, and the only place to go is New London, which isnÕt for everyone. Despite what people say though, it is a burgeoning city with many great places to eat. You just need to find them.
Academics are one of the main draws of Connecticut College. Through my time here I have only had two classes over 15 people, and both of those were intro level classes that were very popular because they could fill general education requirements (which are not very stringent). Almost every professor knows your name by third or fourth class of the semester, and depending on the class, you get to know your classmates relatively well through discussion and what not. I am a Creative Writing major and my favorite classes are definitely writing classes. One limitation of Conn could be its liberal arts education. It challenges the way you think, and though I find that very rewarding, sometimes I wonder what its real world application will be. This probably is certainly not limited to Conn however.
Most students at Conn are either from New York, Connecticut, or Outside of Boston. Be weary of this last category; Some of them are a good two hours outside of Boston. Most of the students body is relatively athletic looking and attractive. You donÕt really realize how good looking are campus is until you see how relatively unattractive other campuses are. Diversity, however, is not one of our strengths. A recently issues Connecticut College calendar depicted a far too revealing scene for June: an all-white audience attending a soccer game. We are quiet a milky student body, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. While this is disappointing, whatÕs more disappointing is the fact that the few minorities on campus keep to themselves. It is rare to friendship cross the racial border at Connecticut College.
The Best Things
The Worst Things
The lack of a close college town