SteelyDan wrote: LaurenAyn wrote:
I've been accepted to Wake with a great scholarship offer ($38K/yr) and am seriously considering it! I haven't visited Winston-Salem before but will be going to the Open House soon to get a feel of the campus. I was wondering though - would a "left-leaning" student such as myself (i'd say i have a rather eclectic style; i'm into alternative-type stuff, enjoy advocating for progressive issues, love nature, and frequent the underground music scene) feel out of place at WF? From what I've read, the student body is pretty evenly split conservative/liberal, but I'm not from the south and went to a large, diverse and pretty liberal undergrad school (UMD), so I just want to make sure I wouldn't be the only person sporting some tie-dye now and then...or at least that nobody would judge me for it.
You'll fit in just fine, we have a Whole Foods nearby and plenty of yoga studios. But seriously, you'll probably get along with the faculty better than most students, and even those of us who are a bit more conservative enjoy the friendly debate. While the student population is pretty evenly split, the progressives are somewhat more outspoken. We have a lot of student organizations (ACS, Environmental Law) that you might enjoy.
Congrats on the scholarship, that's a great offer! Your tour at ASD will likely be given by a TLS'er, we're happy to answer any questions there too.
+1 - As far as being a "left leaning" student, I can relate. I think it's pretty evenly split, and most of the professors are "left-leaning." Overall, the students are congenial and respectful, even in debates or when discussing differences. And the school seems to have really tried to increase diversity with this year's 1L class. I think it is a real priority in the upcoming years. The undergrad is NOT diverse, however.
To add to this, there have apparently been some decent alternative and indie bands downtown (I wouldn't know, since I'm not really into that scene). I mean, obviously it's not NYC, but it's not in the middle of the corn fields either. There are lots of nature opportunities close by, including Pilot Mountain not too far away. And there is what they call "urban hiking" (i.e. nature trails especially in the Bethabara area) that are okay.