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Skidmore is maybe a little bit too small for me. I spend most of my time in the dorms or the dining hall. During the winter i...
Skidmore is maybe a little bit too small for me. I spend most of my time in the dorms or the dining hall. During the winter its a college town, but in the summer its a horse racing town.
The huge majority of students are white and upper middle class or higher. Most students are politically liberal, but not very many people vote. If there are four tables in the dining hall, one is Asians, one is athletes, and the other two are mixtures of all the other types of students. Most students are from the New York City area or New England.
There are a lot of artsy kids, but also a huge variety of others. Pot smoking is relatively prevalent, but drinking moreso. The only sport that people really go out to watch is hockey.
All the professors I've ever had know my name.
The Skidmore Outing Club is popular.
Everyone is artsy and smokes pot. Nobody cares about sports
Skidmore students do tend to dress to look the part of a hipster, but most of us really do care about each other, the communi...
Skidmore students do tend to dress to look the part of a hipster, but most of us really do care about each other, the community, and the world in general.
Professors at Skidmore are almost always willing to help you with anything you need. All you have to do is ask. Academic resources are always in abundance so long as the student takes the initiative.
Oh she's a "Skidmore student" often means that the person is overly artsy or a hipster who could care less about anything that is not a part of her daily life.
SKidmore is great! God, the kids are so wonderful and it is such a treat to be surrounded by people who care about a culture,...
SKidmore is great! God, the kids are so wonderful and it is such a treat to be surrounded by people who care about a culture, because the more I travel to other colleges, the more I realize that it is a rarity. The administration is trying to bolster Sciences right now, which is great but it is really important to the students who are at Skidmore that it retain its emphasis on the arts. When I read about Skidmore when I was applying, the college guide said, "this school puts the ARTS in liberal arts." Sold. There is not the conventional sense of school pride at Skidmore (ie supporting sports teams) but students are generally active in whatever it is that they are interested in and there are always people starting up new clubs and initiatives. The best thing about Skidmore is that if you want to see a change, or get something started it is relatively easy to do! This year the "anti-sweatshop labor club" got the school to switch brands of toilet paper and paper towels in all the bathrooms because KimberlyClark was not ethical. That's pretty cool.
Most students are from New England. The dining hall is super modern and the food is pretty decent, there is always SOMETHING to eat--which is pretty surprising for such a small school. You are as involved as you want to be. Conservative/Republican students are precious because there are so few.
Stereotypes come from somewhere, but these are extremes, most people are a little trendy, like to smoke pot, like to go out, but when it's finals time work comes first. The dress code really is American Apparel.
What sold me on Skidmore was my visit. The kid who showed me around told me that Skidmore was the type of place where your professors wanted to see you grow, and it's so true. All my classes have been less than 30 people, and once you get in to the 300 levels for literature there are usually about 15-17 students, which makes for a really great time. Grades are important, but to the individual--it is not a competitive place academically and that is one thine I particularly love: coincidentally almost all my friends are English majors and we often discuss the classes we are in (together or not) or the works we are reading but these conversations are important because we are actually listening to one another, not trying to prove something. Skidmore feels safe--which when you leave the "bubble" can be hard to swallow: not every administrator or teacher you encounter is going to care about you the way the Skidmore community does.
Athletics are not big, except for Dance clubs. A Cappella is standard, but the groups are subpar. We get great musical acts every semester through SEC and Lively Lucy's. We also get some really amazing guest speakers. The theater productions are usually sold out or close to it. Freshmen year is when you really cement who you are close with and after that people kind of stick to their groups til senior year when everyone realizes its the end. There is always a big halloween party, and in the spring we have fun day which is just like it sounds. Kids like to drink, but if you don't drink every friday night is something in the student center (ie guest speaker or games or whatever) and saturday nights there are free movies that aren't out in the stores yet. Off Campus are house parties and bars.
The Skidmore stereotype has evolved over the last 5 years from stoner hippies with green hair to pretentious trendy kids. The dress code is American Apparel.
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