Sunday, November 21, 2010

Advantages of a Small College Experience

You walk into an auditorium with three hundred of your closest classmates. Your professor knows the names of five of you. He wrote the text book, but can he write you a recommendation to Law school? No.

Among the advantages of the liberal arts collegiate experience are mentoring relationships with your professors. If there are 2,000 students in your entire college, what are the chances that 300 of them will take the same class that you will - AND at the same time? Not going to happen.

If you choose to attend a small school, you won't have to be a thorn in the side of your professors; they will know your face and name within the first week. And with little more than a good personality and the willingness to try (even a little), you'll score a recommendation. Try that at Harvard when 300 other students are vying for the attention of the one man who spends more time researching his next textbook than looking over his TA's evaluation of your term papers...

Besides the attention that you can't help but receive, small colleges afford you access to everything. Some larger schools require reservations to use the treadmill - and those weeks in advance!

Perhaps the best reason to choose a small college for your higher education is the population. The group of people who choose a small college have something inherent in common; something appeals to the core of each and every student who wants to be in an environment that small colleges provide. Imagine the diverse demographic at a university with 12,000 students. Now imagine trying to seek out the 5 people you mesh with best.

All in all, every school has its own personality, just as people do. You may be a small school person, you may not. But if you think you might have it in you, go for it. The advantages FAR outweigh the pitfalls.