- Class: Freshman
- Major: Sociology
- Gender: F
- High School: Shawnee Mission East
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing here at Grinnell is the community. We're small enough that we're really close knit as a campus, but big enough so that you don't know everyone. As for the town, well, the downtown is very small, but cute, and we do have a WalMart for any random shopping. If you really feel the need for a big city, Iowa City and Des Moines are only an hour or so away. When I tell people that I go to Grinnell, I usually get one of two responses. Either they mistake the name for Cornell, or they rave on and on about how fabulous it is. While the first response is irritating, the second is dead-on. Grinnell is fabulous.
Most classes are small. I've never heard of a class being larger than 30 people, and so the student-teacher relationships here are great. You are always being taught by an actual professor, and therefore it's pretty much guaranteed that they will know your name. There is consistently a lot of in-class participation, as well as outside projects and random conversations continuing in-class discussions. I remember one time at lunch when my roommate had just come from Philosophy and our entire table got into a debate about whether God "thinks." The academic requirements are really easy to fulfill at Grinnell because of one reason: there's only one required class. That's the freshman tutorial, a class that gets you up to speed on college-level writing, and it's only for the first semester of your freshman year. After that, it's up to you.
The student body collectively is very active in any number of racial, religious, LGBT, political (etc) organizations. We're all very passionate about what we choose to support. Also, we're all quite friendly. It's cliche, but most of the time, campus is covered in smiley people (unless it's finals week, of course). Oh yeah, and as far as political position goes, most of us here are enthusiastic Liberal Democrats, but Republicans and Conservatives also have a voice on campus.
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