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8th-Dec-2012 02:00 pm
Elayna 2011
The answer to the question I am asked during every conversation these days: Bay Path, Brandeis, Framingham State, Lasell, Mount Holyoke, Salem State, Smith, Wellesley, Wheaton.
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8th-Dec-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one to see the last two and want to interpolate "Crusher, Wil"?
9th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I was trying to come up with a way of noting Wil, Smith, Wheaton, but decided it was too much work, and I would just look in the comments to see if anyone had already.
8th-Dec-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you mean the Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and not the Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in that all the other colleges are in Massachusetts, and also because I don't see her fitting in that well at an Evangelical Christian college.
8th-Dec-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
10th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh whew. I was sitting here going, "Oh gods, *not* Wheaton."
9th-Dec-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
That is an odd assortment of colleges - they don't seem to have a common theme, other than all being in Massachusetts (though not necessarily near Boston). Universities and Colleges, city, suburban, and rural, high-selectivity and low-selectivity, liberal arts and research and community and ... what do these have in common, I wonder, that match what she wanted in a school? Well, I guess one other thing they have in common is I think they're all in about the 2500-7500 student range, so no very small schools or very large schools.

P.S. if she goes to Framingham State, Professor Daisy Ball is awesome.
9th-Dec-2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Small to mid-size schools in non-urban areas with good elementary education programs, hospitable environment for queer kids, low student-teacher ratio, high level of engagement between faculty and students, theatre and a capella; many allow students to work in the field starting in freshman year and have themed living/learning communities.

Her dealbreakers were urban location (she gets overwhelmed by noise and activity), large class size (no 100+ person seminars), no community feel, low-residency, high focus on sports rather than education, and Vermont.

She really didn't like Vermont. She can't figure out why.

We did a lot of research and visited a lot of schools! We were surprised at her positive reaction to the state schools, given that they're larger, but they just felt right to her. A lot of it came down, once she'd gone through her must-haves and deal-breakers, to "this feels right."

Edited at 2012-12-09 02:40 am (UTC)
9th-Dec-2012 03:08 am (UTC) - colleges and common themes
Vermont, huh? I'm very amused. So the 48 other states she picked no schools in would've been fine, and Massachusetts wasn't a requirement? It's not even distance, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have a number of schools closer to Boston than some of these.

I still have a lot of current and recent Brandeis friends, BTW (some from politics, some from contra dancing), and IMO one of Brandeis' strongest points was the wide variety of student clubs and organizations and the level of engagement students put into them. Energy that at many other schools goes into partying, sports, frats, dorm life, going off campus, etc., at Brandeis seems mostly poured into clubs and organizations.
9th-Dec-2012 03:39 am (UTC) - Re: colleges and common themes
Vermont is the only one she outright voiced an objection to!

Brandeis is one of her top 3, in part because of that engagement. Especially theatre and music!
9th-Dec-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
When you come through to visit Smith and Mt. Holyoke, I should take you out for a hot drink!
9th-Dec-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes, please! :)
9th-Dec-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
My sister the artist is a Smith grad; I have a good friend from Brandeis. Let me know if those contacts could help...

9th-Dec-2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Which are her preferred??
10th-Dec-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Attending Wellesley after doing Explo is a huge advantage for the first week or so on campus. You quickly become known to other first-years as "the one who knows where she's going".
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