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The school is small enough that news or gossip travels fast and far but big enough that you won't know everyone you see by na...
The school is small enough that news or gossip travels fast and far but big enough that you won't know everyone you see by name. People spend most of their time in their room, the only (semi)private place on campus. When I tell others that I go to this school, I either get a "WOW! That's great!" or "Oh God I hate that motherfucking school. Why are you going?!" The administration can be over-powering and encroach into your personal life if you get caught doing anything wrong, especially sexual. There's a big thing about appearances here, as there is in the Evangelical world at large but here it's concentrated in a nice little you-can-walk-everywhere campus.
The vast majority of students are white, middle-to-upper class Americans. Though, there is a high missionary and international student population that helps to balance things out. Most all are protestant and highly religious. There are rules here which are strictly enforced, so hardcore rebels are sure to feel out of place here, but there is a constant underground where one might find company. Minority students are celebrated and highly honored. This is a very let's-get-more-diversity place. Though there are many cliques. Most are based on organizations one is involved in (many are culture-based like Indian Culture Club, Koinonia, and North Korea Club), namely the football team, though others are by academics. Students who go abroad in the Human Needs and Global Resources program tend to stick together; so do students with similar interests, like the unofficial Anime Club, who watches anime together once a week.
Only go to this school if you're sure that you won't change. When I applied, I was a goodie-two-shoes perfect virgin, Christian little woman. Now I'm not, and it's making this place a lot more difficult. Only sign the Community Covenant if you really want to live by it.
Only for a select few. Everyone here was the top dog at his/her high school and Wheaton is a very humbling experience. Most people, after time, lose their superiority complex and learn to live saner lives.
The classes are fairly small for the most part, and while the general education requirements are easy enough, the actual major coursework can be quite vigorous. Don't even start to think that since this is a Christian institution that the work will be easy. Aside from that, the professors are all really nice people who are more than willing to help you, work with you, listen to you, talk to you. Most every professor you've ever had will remember your name. Since this is a liberal arts institution, the focus is not as much on getting a job as learning and becoming a better person over-all, though we do have a very good and prevalent Career Services department and the pressure that comes from any institution with the constant question after "What's you major?": "What are you going to do with it?"
There are a lot of planned official activities, none of them involving alcohol. There are also a few planned unofficial activities, very few involving alcohol. You would probably hardly hear about the last named unless you were really trying. As far as dorms... most people leave their doors closed, especially during open floor, it seems. People are fairly serious about studying and tend to do it mostly in the evening to late at night. The most common time to goof off during the week is in the afternoon, which can extend to the first while of darkness. During the weekend, people are usually out and about or doing homework or trying to avoid doing homework. Dating is fairly all-or-nothing here. Either you're not dating anyone at all ever or you're engaged. I work to keep my dating casual, but it is fairly against the grain here. With that said, obviously, there aren't many random hook-ups unless you're a part of the underground. I met my closest friends through random encounters. A lot of people tend to be closest to those with whom they live, but it doesn't always have to be that way. There aren't any official sororities that I know of, but some girl's cliques might as well be them.
Everyone is extremely nice and involved in a million organizations and extra-curricular activities all while taking 18 hours (the max without overloading) and getting A's in every class. Oh yeah, and active and involved in a church and leading a Discipleship Small Group and... all with a smile on their faces.
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