- Class: Junior
- Major: English
- Gender: F
- High School: St. Ignatius College Preparatory
- Transfer Student: N
The school is just a little too small for me, but I still meet people I've never heard of in my class. People do, however, tend to run in the same circles, as everywhere, so I see the same people a lot. People can often be defined by dining hall. that might change next year when Proctor Dining Hall closes for renovation, but here it is anyway. The three dining halls are Proctor(to be moved to Freeman), Ross, and Atwater. Proctor is where all the radio kids hang out in a secluded lounge off the side of the dining hall. vegetarians love proctor for the great salad bar. Proctor also is the only dining hall with panini machines. People who live near proctor eat there, tennis people (close to tennis courts) and everyone great (i am a proctor person). Proctor has a great terrace for warm weather. proctor people tend to be really loyal; last year a girl down the hall sold Save Proctor shirts when they wanted to tear it down. Ross is pretty standard, orange colored food. there's a "mongolian grill" and there's always pizza. people who live in the building eat here and preppy people and people without much personality. atwater is the people who live nearby and the outdoorsy ones and some athletes. by telling someone where you want to eat, you're saying much more. there is also a definite dining culture at middlebury. people take forever to eat. they get a meal, get something else, get dessert, then coffee or tea... When I tell people I go to Middlebury, they say what/ where is that? you'd think being ranked 5th in US ..Report would get some recognition. They only put out the Adirondack chairs when the prospective students come. Students lack much activist spirit. the other day at lunch, i was trying to think of something that would get students to riot and couldn't think of a thing. even if someone got tazered, people would write articles and maybe maybe maybe protest, but no rioting, sadly. I spend most of my time on campus, I'd say between the dining hall, my room, the grille, and the art studio. the tuition is rising tremendously.
Professors are great about knowing names. My favorite class ever was Anthropological Theory, required for the major. I was dreading it, but Prof. Sheridan is amazingly personable and highly intelligent. He's great at applying theory to life, and like many of the Anthro teachers, he insists you call him Mike. Students are competitive with themselves, unless you're in the econ dept. (I sort of dated an econ guy for a while and have some econ major friends if you're wondering where I get my information) These kids are highly stressed out because they're all interning for Goldman or Lehman or someone. as for everyone else: the lack of competition is something i absolutely love about middlebury.
I have so many gay or bisexual friends; people overall don't seem to mind whether people are gay or not. There were some instances of gay hate crimes last year, which were terrible, but overall I'd say that the campus is good. Most people here are rich, you always hear about people being children of CEOs, etc. People here aren't so politically active. I'd say the campus leans democrat and liberal.
The Best Things
The views, the friendliness, the professors, the architecture, the library, the selection of free rentable movies at the library
The Worst Things
I just remembered that Nick Garza disappeared. That was terrible. Other than that, I hate the cloudiness of the joint major requirements and how there is no one person in a department with all the answers. I also hate that we have so much work. Ronald Liebowitz