Northwestern Massachusetts, is, to say the least, not an urban area. Williams is one of those schools often cited for being "in the middle of nowhere." I wish I had known that this seeming lack of civilization has a life of its own, if you choose to become a part of it. And besides, when you are studying like crazy for midterms or finals, you somehow find yourself in the same position as everyone else - even those you thought only cared about their social lives. You don't have to have everything figured out when you get there.
To be honest, Williams is everything I thought it would be. I therefore have no regrets about choosing Williams based on false impressions that I had of the school. That being said, I do wish I had widened my college search to encompass more diverse schools. I mainly limited my search to the New England area, and did not even think to look on the West Coast, or even further south on the East Coast. I am not sure how looking at these other schools would have affected my decision, but I do wish I had broadened my search.
I wish I had a better understanding for how academically rigorous the school was. The professors are excellent, but really demand a lot from the students.
How small the community is. 2000 kids isn't terribly small but faces become familiar quick.
How to choose classes.
I wish I had known that ethnic majority here would levitate so much towards cliques within their own group and be so exclusive.
Nothing, Williams does a great job of introducing freshman to the area and Williams community.
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