DanielCA wrote:I'm jealous.
Many well known people from small school = that school is "teh awesomeness" on the college scale.
I read up on it and many students start at 16! That is all kinds of cool.
You know, I must ask too if you have the time.
What is the school really like? The classes? Professors? Setting? (Opposite-sex? )
You're my only link to that sort of academic world, and I'm endlessly fascinated by it. Small east coast schools with beautiful scenery, I'm a total sucker.
I know that going to a school like Princeton would be close to a million times more work than what I had/have, but I would have embraced that opprtunity with open arms. I'd probably be a much more erudite fellow than I am now. It kind of makes me sad thinking about that...
Yeah, most of the students are sixteen when they start. I was. About half of the students transfer out after they get their AAs, and half stick around for their BAs. Then usually 10-20 students transfer back because they don't like the places they transferred to. While I was there, lots of people transferred back from Bard, a few from University of Chicago, one from Brown, one from Columbia, and then a few other people from other schools.
The school itself was a bit socially difficult at times. There are so few people that you know everyone, and everyone knows your business. It's sort of secluded, as it's about a mile outside a medium sized town in the Berkshires.
However, it size is also what makes it amazing. Class sizes are very small and classes are always discussion based. Professors (who are always called by their first name, so my psych professor wasn't "Professor O'dwyer" or "Dr. O'dwyer," she was just Anne) absolutely know their subjects thoroughly, but also prefer that students do most of the talking. The professors also prefer students to question what they say rather than accepting it blindly.
Also, because the school is so small, students literally know all of the faculty and staff. If the provost of the college drives by me, she'll pull over and ask me how my singing lessons are going. Professors I've never taken a class with shoot me e-mails if they haven't seen me around campus in awhile. It's an amazingly supportive environment.
But it's also incredibly intense. There's a common saying at Simon's Rock that goes, "There are three things at Simon's Rock: Sleep, work, and play. You get to choose two." Most students spend as much time on homework each week as they would on a full time job. I was a lit major, and most of the lit classes sophomore year and up at a book a week, which can get a little crazy when you're taking five lit classes.
But no student ever came out of Simon's Rock afraid of hard work.