I am obsessed with this school, I want to go here so badly. I'm still a little fuzzy on the social scene though. can anyone tell me what the weekends at swarthmore are like? Laura,
Your best bet is to visit the school for a few days especially over a weekend and get the feel for it.
Over the years, the students change, the specific events change, but the general tone is the same: good students who are serious about their own academics, who like having a good time and cutting loose.
If you like going to city hotspots, Swarthmore may not be for you. If you like the prospect of actually knowing 50-80% of the students and feeling like you are in a very large, self-contained group of friends, this might be your place.
The social life is centered on friends. If you like doing things because you are with friends rather than because of the scene/event, Swarthmore's social life will not disappoint.
Best of luck to you. [Quote] Laura Jeffrey:
I am obsessed with this school, I want to go here so badly. I'm still a little fuzzy on the social scene though. can anyone tell me what the weekends at swarthmore are like?[/Quote]
Since Larry didn't really answer your question at all, here's a summary of a typical weekend for me. Keep in mind that what you like may be different from what my friends and I enjoy.
Thursday nights mean Pub Nite, my personal favorite Swarthmore social event. It is a senior-class fundraiser, so you have to pay $4 to get in, but it's totally worth it. It's held in Paces Cafe (a student run cafe, usually), and you just chill with your friends a drink a lot of crappy college beer. It's not a dance party (though people do start dancing after 2.5 hours of getting drunk), and it's well-lit, which is a welcome change from Friday and Saturday night Paces parties (more later).
On Friday night, there usually aren't any large parties, but you can always go to Olde Club and hear some cool indie band or hang out with a smaller group of friends. Last weekend I went to the Mariachi party, which involved beer and Mariachi music played by our very own Mariachi band. However, I do spend a lot of Fridays just hanging out with friends, no alcohol involved.
Saturday nights are more traditional college parties, I guess. The fraternities (Phi Psi and DU) are open and pretty crowded, so you can go to those if that's your scene. I usually end up going to a smaller party and getting drunk with friends rather than random kids who happen to be at the frats.
So, there you have it, a weekend in the life of me, perhaps a typical Swattie, and perhaps not. If you come here, you can make your own decisions about how you spend your weekends. I drank in high school, so I didn't come to Swat unprepared, and I have enjoyed the nightlife at Swarthmore. I hope you will too. I also hope that this helped.
-Male sophomore try looking for this kind of fun :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M2kF9KNFDc