What is your overall opinion of this school?
I love being at Dean College. The individual attention we get from our professors, and the area (close to Providence, RI and Boston) makes for a lot of fun memories. Our school is the perfect size - big enough to be your own person, but small enough to know everyone. The attention we get from our professors & from our faculty is also really excellent - Dean College really cares about the success of its students, and they will do anything in their power to see students excel and grow.
What's the Greek scene like?
Unfortunately we don't have Greek life...but we still have lots of other clubs for students to get involved in!
Tell us about your professors.
My professors are awesome ! The theatre department is like a family here, so we look out for each other, including the professors. They're always there for you and will always make sure everything is running smoothly. They also have a lot of field experience, so they know exactly what they're teaching since they're living it or have lived it.
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.
The sports scene at Dean is HUGE. We're a wicked big sports school and everyone loves going to the games, whether it be football or baseball, etc. The games are a lot of fun and there is a ton of school spirit around campus.
Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.
My freshman year, towards the end of the 2nd semester, my friends and I were pretty stressed out about finals because we had so many (I took 9 classes so I was going crazy!), so on a night none of us had a final the next day, we decided to round up a big group of us and have a water balloon fight. We dressed up in our battle gear and brought buckets of water and water balloons and had an all-out brawl between the boys and girls. It was so much fun with such a simple, cheap thing that I definitely won't forget it!
Tell us about the food and dining options.
I love the food at Dean! I'm a big foodie, so good food is a wonderful thing to me :-) We have a lot of options, like vegan, vegitarian, low-fat, low-calorie, etc. for the health of the student. Dean also offers all of the nutrition facts for the every entree in the dining hall, so there are a lot of options when something isn't up to par for your particular diet.
Do you feel like you changed a lot?
I feel like I have absolutely changed since I've been to school. Being away from home, and having to make decisions without the safety net of your parents forces you to grow up, which in turn, helps you change into a responsible young adult. Being halfway on your own, like in college, is quite scary and weird, and it's tough! I feel like I've changed for the better, for sure.
How often should I phone home? Is once a day too much?
I take to my mom almost every day during the week (but that could just be me haha...). Being a student is really stressful, and to de-stress I'll text or call my mom to vent so I feel like I won't explode....so that's really helpful. Or, if someting really awesome happens - like a great rehearsal or a good grade on a test - I'll shoot home a quick text to update them. I believe that every other day is a good amount, unless you're going through a tough time or have a lot going on...however, I love to talk to my parents, so I love to talk to them!
I don't drink. Will it be hard for me to go to parties?
Not at all! Parties are a lot of fun if you don't drink because no one CARES that you're not drinking - people at Dean like to have fun, and don't discriminate between "drinkers" and "non-drinkers"...as long as you're there and having fun, not drinking is SO not a big deal.
What do people really wear to class?
There's a big difference between students and what they wear to class...some students wear the typical sweatpants/sweatshirt combo, while others dress nice to go to class. You can tell who the dancers and theatre students are, however, because they're usually in all black and in a leotard, or some sort of Dean wear having to do with the School of Dance or the School of Theatre. I know that if I have an early class, usually I wear sweatpants and as the day goes on I change into something nice to wear!
What's the hardest thing about freshman year?
The hardest thing about freshman year is time management! Freshman year I took nine classes, was involved in two school performances, and also had to find time to eat and sleep! Being thrown into something as hard as that situation left me know choice but to learn (very) quickly how to adapt to the busiest schedule of my entire life, thus far. It was really hard, but really rewarding at the same time.
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?
One thing I wish someone told me about freshman year is defintely the growth I'd be going through. I really didn't expect college to be different than home - except for being away and having to be a little more independent - however, I didn't expect to grow as much as I did. I have truly found myself thanks to college, and that's different for everyone...I grew a lot at Dean, but maybe some other students won't, and will grow somewhere else. It's absolutely a rewarding experience, though, to see where you started, and where you are currently.
What are your classes like?
My classes are a lot of fun, and very interactive since I'm a theatre major. As a freshman, students at Dean will take gen eds, but also classes geared towards their major. As you progress through the years, your classes will become 100% about your major (so now I only take theatre classes). My professors really want me to achieve my goals and see my succeed, so classes are always fun because I'm learning what I want to learn, but it doesn't feel like learning at all. Dean classes teach students how to work hard and manage their time, which are assets to an adult that are absolutely necessary for the real world after college.
Describe a typical weekend.
A typrical weekend at Dean is actually a lot of fun; usually we have things like themed weekends, or dances, so there's generally a lot to do. Sometimes a lot of relaxed stuff like making your own stuffed animals, or airbrushing your own pillowcases, and then other times we have stuff like ski trips or trips to NYC. If, on the off chance, there isn't something planned for the weekend, we're really close to the commuter rail so I could go into Boston, or take a quick drive to the Wrentham Outlets, only 10 minutes away. All in all, there's always something happening to keep us busy !
Where is the best place to get work done on campus?
The best place to get work done is the library, for sure. Not only is there a coffee shop (which is absolutely DELISH may i add) and quiet places to study, but the librarians are more than willing to help you with any problems you might have. Plus there are so many other resources (like peer tutors) that by the end of the night, you'll be surprised by how much you've gotten accomplished, even if you feel like you're overloaded with work.
Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.
Dean College is a small school with a lot of diversity and fun people. We're really close to both Boston, MA and Providence, RI - so if you ever feel like you need to get off campus it's really easy to. Dean offers things to all different types of people - from drama productions and dance teams to sports teams and extracurricular clubs. I think of Dean as a small school with a lot of spunk because everyone is so different, and everyone has so much school spirit!
Describe your favorite campus traditions.
My favorite campus traditions are definitely the tree lighting ceremony (around Christmastime, before winter break, one of our large trees on campus gets lit with tree lights, and they also serve hot chocolate and desserts while students sing Christmas carols) and Thanksgiving dinner (the whole campus eats at the dining center where we're served a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner. These are my favorite traditions because everyone gets together to celebrate the holidays while having fun not only with other students, but also with faculty and staff.
When you step off campus what do you see?
Luckily, when you step off the Dean College campus, you're right in downtown Franklin, which is a really cute, small community. There are cute boutiques, coffee places, and we're also a 5 minute walk from the commuter rail, which takes us right into Boston. There are also parks are really pretty places to go if you feel like taking a walk or going for a run on a nice day.
What's unique about your campus?
The Dean College campus is very unique because it's so small. From any point to it's opposite point on campus, it's roughly 10 minutes, unlike the HUGE campuses where there are shuttle buses that need to be used to get students across campus. Also, the buildings on campus are a mix of really old buildings, and brand-new buildings built just for the school.
Why did you decide to go to this school?
I decided to go to Dean College because of the family-style atmosphere, and the warmth I felt from everyone on campus. It was obvious the professors were willing to help in any way they could, and the students were so friendly. Also, the theatre program seemed so awesome and creative, and I was right! I've learned so much from attending Dean College, and I'm excited I still get to have a year and a half left!
What are the most popular student activities/groups?
Some of the most popular activities and groups on campus are the theatrical and dance productions (everyone is allowed to audition!), and the sports (we have a lot of intramural so everyone can play a sport too!) Our student government is popular also - they always try and provide Dean with new, fun activities for students. There's always something to do on the weekends, too: a lot of times, we have themed weekends (like "Winter Wonderland" or a "Spring Break" weekend), and we also have dances about once a month that a lot of people go to (myself included). We also have shuttle buses that take us to places like the Wrentham Outlets, or Patriot's Place. However, if none of that floats your boat, there's usually a get together somewhere in the dorms, or more relaxed things like t-shirt designing or airbrush pillowcases provided by Student Activities. The bottom line: there's always something to do at Dean!
Describe the students at your school.
The students at Dean College are really diverse, and come from many different places and backgrounds. Dean is a very accepting student body, and lots of different students interact with each other - I love going to the basketball games! And many of the athletes come to the dance productions and theatre productions. It's really awesome because at Dean, there aren't "cliques" - everyone kind of hangs out with everyone and we don't only stick to friends in our major; everyone interacts with each other!
What are the academics like at your school?
The academics at Dean College are just like classes at other schools - a combination of gen eds (in your freshman and sophomore year, mostly) and classes to fit your specific major. I love my theatre classes - learning about my craft and my art is really exciting, and my professors are really helpful and just plain awesome! The other classes - such as math, sciences, histories, etc. - are also really interesting, and students can always find a class that will interest them for their gen eds. I have to say that my least favorite class was math - it had nothing to do with the teacher or anything, but I'm just not a math person. However, my U.S. history classes and my English classes were really great. I study a lot, and always like to get my homework done as soon as possible...lots of students at Dean are hardworking, and like to succeed in academics. And with professors that are willing to help in any way they can, it's very easy to want to study and work hard.
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?
As a theatre major, a common stereotype is that theatre majors are some of the hardest working students on campus...and it's true! Not only do theatre majors have to go to classes during the day (up to 9!) and do our homework, but we also have to go to rehearsal at night, so to be hardworking comes with the territory.