- Class: Freshman
- Major: Art/Art History
- Gender: M
- High School: Homestead High School
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Macalester in my opinion is variety. Everybody is unique (and since everyone is unique, no one is... but that's an entirely different discussion that I've no doubt had at 2 am in the lounge). People from Mac come from so many diverse backgrounds, but despite the miles between everyone's hometowns, people find so much in common, which is great. I think Macalester can be a good school for anyone. I can't claim that Macalester is "perfect for me," because I honestly believe anyone can have a blast here. Being in the Twin Cities is also a huge advantage. Advantage meaning, you'll be able to have a lot more fun here than some schools in the middle of no where. The food here is great (I know people who gripe about it but I think they have been here so long they've forgotten what high school food was like... ugh). Macalester really has something for everyone, unless you want to go to culinary school or something like that... in which case... I'd say go to culinary school.
Academics at Macalester are world renowned for how awesome they are. Professors make you think hard, write better, speak better, make connections you never would have made, and laugh even (that's important too!). The workload is deceptively heavy sometimes, but I think it's always worth it. I've learned so much since being here. A weirdly awesome Mac attribute is that often when you get to talking about what you're learning with your friends you'll find the methods of discourse to be similar even though you're taking different classes. You'll have some great conversations at all hours of the day (and not always about school stuff either... this is college, remember, we still laugh at farts).
Macalester has a great reputation for being an open place to express one's racial, religious, sexual-orientation, or any other identity attribute. I know kids whose parents are so rich they'll pay every cent of that $180,000 or however much the cost will be after 4 years. I also know kids who come from backgrounds where their parents weren't able to pay any of the cost, and the school gives them aid. I know republicans, democrats, anarchists, communists, moderates, socialists, I know Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Athesits, Agnostics, and none of them chastise each other for their views.
The Best Things
The people you'll meet and become friends with for life.
The Worst Things
THE ENDLESS MINNESOTA WINTER!!! (actually it's not even that bad, but relative to everything else, it's the worst... you'll survive... bring a parka).