Geneva, NY
Hobart William Smith Colleges


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Emma
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick by what the kid wants, don't let parents influence them.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick by what the kid wants, don't let parents influence them.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

everyone knows everything about everyone else.

What kind of person should attend this school?

White, good-looking, all american kids. If you are not a steriotypical, east coat/new york rich kid, you won't like it.

Katie
Describe the students at your school.

Diverse. Accepting. Friendly. Can be cliquey, depending on group. There are very rich students as well as lots of student...

Describe the students at your school.

Diverse. Accepting. Friendly. Can be cliquey, depending on group. There are very rich students as well as lots of students on 100% financial aid packages. Also, students who are very involved with on-campus events (athletics, student government, community service, political groups, etc) as well as those who sit in and play video games all day. Once you find your niche, everyone loves Hobart and William Smith for their own reasons, and the rest transfer.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

On Lake Seneca- beautiful campus. Division 3 sports are very competitive, especially for William Smith (women). Community service focused. Strong study abroad program. Strong alumni network.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a place where you fit in. Make sure you visit and can see yourself going to the school. Ask a lot of questions, not just to admissions tour guides, but also normal students walking around.

Ya
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I would give to a parent or student about finding the right college would be to simply visit it. Go to the c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I would give to a parent or student about finding the right college would be to simply visit it. Go to the college you have in mind and talk to some of the sudents there and absorbe the atmosphere. Ask yourself are these the kind of people you would want to make friends witha and will this place be a comfortable and encouraging environment to be in to study. Some colleges also offer interested students to stay over for a night with a volunteer student from the school so they can experiance first hand what it will be like to dorm there. Dont be afraid to say "This is not what I thought this college will be like" if you feel like the school is not what fits you than definitely look else where and keep your options open. Simply, puyt in the effort to get to know as much about the school as you can and always explore your options even when you think you have found the perfect school, becasue you might just find another one that is much better and suitable for you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

If you are looking for a school that is small in size where everyone knows each other this is the school. Most people are very friendly here and very willing to help you if you need it.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The school campus is very beautiful and peaceful. But be sure to come prepared for the winter. It gets really nasty.

Bryan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Stop worrying about the ivy leagues or name brand schools. Let your kids decide where they want to go based on what they wan...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Stop worrying about the ivy leagues or name brand schools. Let your kids decide where they want to go based on what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. Liberal arts is good for well roundedness, but if your kid wants something more focused that requires graduate studies, then go for more specialized fields like science and math. Bigger Universities are probably better for that matter. But for having a good experience without a lot of distraction, a small, out of the way, liberal arts college is a great place to be, especially if they have a study abroad porgram.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That Upstate NY winters were brutal. The brochures of the school never showed any pictures of what winter was like. Also that the Economics department did not require any advanced mathematics, this makes economics more difficult to learn. Also that the Economics department practiced weeding out of it's students so that if you really wanted to learn economics, you had to be really really good at it and be a top student. If you want to do economics, make your you double major in math and econ. or major in math and minor in econ or vice versa.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Somone who likes to learn many different things: Prospective Liberal Artists if you may. If you like to learn and aren't bothered by new and different ideas, and have a sense of adventure, then Hobart and William Smith is for you!

Kailey
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a recent graduate I would say that when picking a college, you should choose a place that you feel comfortable at, in your...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a recent graduate I would say that when picking a college, you should choose a place that you feel comfortable at, in your room, at the library, in class, with other students and with faculty and staff. You should also choose a place that will challenge you; to learn new and different skills (Mandala Painting, Linear Algebra, Men's Studies, Music, Philosphy, etc). A college with community outreach and public service programs, as well as a strong study abroad program also present new and unique experiences for learning about yourself and the world we live in. It is important to choose a school that you can experience everything that you want, as well as things that you never knew you had interest in like tutoring kids in reading, or speaking a new langauge. The best thing you can do is go to a college that offers a wide variety of choice, because ultimately exposure to different ideas, people, places and opportunities are what makes the learning in college worthwhile.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Extreme amounts of students flashing thier parents money around, and a lack of understanding of what it is like to be "different" in significant #s of students.. it takes the focus off of what we should be doing in school if kids are too busy spending mom and dad's cash at the bar. There is also a lack of socio-economic as well as racial diversity at this school.

Jesse
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everything truly depends on what you're looking for in college. When I started, all I cared about was playing college hockey...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Everything truly depends on what you're looking for in college. When I started, all I cared about was playing college hockey. After a year, seeing how my grades suffered, and realizing what I actually wanted to do in my life, I did a complete 180 and made school my number one priority. I created my own major, knowing what I wanted to do after college within the global financial realm. The liberal nature of the school provided me with the intellectual capacity to pursue my interests aggresively. I was able to stand out, focus on my economic and social interests and interact with Professors in a way many never witness. I liked my experience because of this, and I enjoyed the school for allowing me to mature at the level and speed at which I did I do however, wish the weekends were more eventful and exciting. I felt restricted in terms of having a social-life that I was comfortable with. Friends in beautiful locations out west or down south appreciated their locality, whereas I regreted cold and isolated upsate New York. Nonethless, I made the most of my experience and am more than content with decision.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Drug use and alcohol abuse in the middle of a boring, isolated, town... with few bars and nothing to do on the weekends.

Julien
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Simply put, you need to know not just what your interested in but what is an absoulte nescecity to your happiness in college.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Simply put, you need to know not just what your interested in but what is an absoulte nescecity to your happiness in college.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Somone who is able to make themselves haopy and aware of what life in a small town can be. They must be aware that if you do not make a good time for yourself and others you wont find one.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My ftartnity and the parties we used to have. Mostly i brg about the fact that a college of 2,000 students can compete and often beat other liberal arts inst.

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