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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
11:22 pm
sorry this is so long
it seems like no one has posted on this community for awhile but I am having a bit of a crisis. I'm a senior applying to college. Unlike almost everyone I know, I haven't had the opportunity to fly and drive all over North America looking whatever college strikes my fancy. I have looked at some of the colleges that are a quick drive from my house. I go to a 300 student public high school that does not use grades, has loose attendance policies, students are more or less equal with teachers, and is generally very radical, and I really prefer this kind of education to what I recieved in middle school and at community colleges.

colleges I am definitely applying to now are:
University of Washington (they are very big but big colleges do give you a lot of choice, also I know people there)
Western Washington (mostly for fairhaven college)

colleges I'm sorta interested in but haven't visited:
New college of florida

Out of this list, I'd say Evergreen is my favorite. Out of any college I have looked at, it has the most graduates I admire. But I don't want to start there as a freshman because in case I hate it it is very hard to transfer.
I have relatively high SAT scores. I have 710 verbal, 710 reading, and 650 math. For the ACT, I have a 29 and it would be a lot higher but I did badly on the science because I didn't know it was on the test. My school only has 1 ap class which I am taking, and my only gpa is from community college and it is 3.8. I am thinking I want to apply to at least one college out of state, even though I probably won't have a chance of affording it (my family is considered too rich to qualify for very much financial aid, but probably wouldn't be able to pay more than about 10,000 a year, oh being middle class...) I mean, if I go to a public college in Washington it will be about $6000, as opposed to $50000 at reed or whatever. Also I don't want to be paying off college loans for the rest of my life!

here are some criteria (most important ones underlined):
very good financial aid or scholarships! or cheap
high achieving, motivated students
preferably somewhere with weather that is not too bleak in fall and winter (only reason I don't like colleges in my state)
relatively lots of choice in terms of degrees
not much of a drinking/hard drugs scene, or at least a chance to not participate in it (this is very important)
low pretentiousness
not religious
double major
graduates who actually do things to help change the world
natural science/environmental science/psychology
not just classes that are challenging and interesting, but teach you IMPORTANT INFORMATION for your life (I kind of question this with some of the liberal arts colleges I've looked at)

I hope someone can help me!
Saturday, December 26th, 2009
1:28 pm
Shimer College Montaigne Scholarship Competition
I am way, way past the era of applying to undergraduate colleges, but I saw this and thought it was too cool not to spread the word:

Shimer College, the Great Books college of Chicago, announces The Fourth Annual Michel de Montaigne Scholars' Competition

Basically, it looks like you show up, on February 13th or 14th, for a day of writing and scholarly discussion (on Montaigne, presumably), and you could win a full scholarship to Shimer. That's pretty amazing. If any of you have been wanting to go to a school like this,* this scholarship competition seems like an amazing opportunity.

*I did not go to Shimer, nor am I affiliated with it in any way. I did go to St. John's, another (some say the) Great Books school, and am generally a fan of that approach. I have met Shimer students before, though, and they all seemed like happy, smart kids.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
3:58 pm
naropa scholarships
I'm interested in transferring to Naropa Spring 2010 but I'm very concerned about financial aid. Why are ALL the scholarships need-based? I definitely have need but FAFSA doesn't seem to agree, so I'm worried I won't get any scholarships which would make it impossible to go. Has anyone else had this experience and been proven right/wrong? What about transferring in the spring?

Friday, July 24th, 2009
12:07 pm
Hello all. Ok, recently I've been looking up graduate art therapy programs, and one I've come across has been Naropa. Does anyone have any information about the program? I'm very interested in it, but I do have a few reservations concerning the transpersonal learning modality. Do you learn other models of psych as well, and if so, to what extent? Do you feel like you are learning how to counsel people well? Do you feel competent in working with others?

It seems like an interesting program, but I just want to be practical concerning the end result, when it's time to get a job. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
7:44 pm
A study
Greetings friends,

I am current Hampshire student who also attended Bennington for a year. In the application process I also looked at Sarah Lawrence, Bard, Eugene Lang, and Naropa.

I'm doing a little project about progressive schools. Its kind of a guide/research project. Would you like to help?

Some questions:

What is your favorite alternative college? Why?
If you have experience at one or more college... please describe it!
Do you have any opinions on the schools listed above? Is there another school that you feel should be added to this study (Antoich or Beloit...?) What is your experience with that school?
What are the stereotypes of these schools? What makes these schools so special?
What have you gained from this style of education vs. traditional university education?

Feel free to answer one or more of these questions and elaborate in any way you feel necessary. Your answers will be considered in my future independent study. By answering you are giving me permission to quote you in any draft/final papers/possible book!

Thank you kindly & my best wishes to you all.

Monday, December 8th, 2008
12:03 am
will you negligent community members respond if i post this publicly? (this community may be dead, actually..)

Let me know if anyone has any feedback on Naropa and my chance of acceptance with a low low low GPA. Thanks, all.
Sunday, September 28th, 2008
7:04 pm
Peace studies
Hi friends!

I am looking to focus on peace studies and visual arts. I am currently very drawn to Hampshire & Naropa for transfer schools. I like that they are small schools within a larger community. Any suggestions on other schools? Or comments on the above?

Apologies if this post is redudant.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
11:18 am
I currently go to an "alternative" college but I'm not entirely happy there and am thinking of transferring. I've been looking into Naropa, which for some reason I did not look at enough my first time around. I have a couple questions though:

1. What is the "party" scene like at Naropa? Is there much of one?
2. Should I be pretty sure about what I want to major in when I get there?
3. Are double majors common/doable?
4. How is their financial aid?
5. Anyone have experience transferring to Naropa? Did they take a lot of your credits?

I'd really appreciate any information you can give me, thanks so much.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
2:48 am
Hi, I just had a quick question -- Does anyone here know much about The New School? Specifically, I'm interested in finishing my undergrad work there (The New School itself, not Eugene Lang) by doing the combined BA/MA in philosophy. If any of you have any experience with The New School, I'd really like to talk about it with you. Thanks!
Saturday, March 17th, 2007
10:59 am
Hi all! I'm a senior at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), and I've just been accepted to Naropa University's MFA Writing and Poetics program, with a concentration in prose. I'm over the moon about it, though bit nervous at the prospect of moving halfway across the country!

I was hoping that there might be other Naropa students around this community that I could talk to. Just leave a comment or e-mail me at snarkgirl at gmail dot com

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
11:11 pm
Hi everyone,

I'm new here. I joined because I'm currently going to a run of the mill university in New Brunswick, Canada. I'm originally from Colorado and have been attracted to Canada for years, and I love it here, and I love my school, but academically, I am very unsatisfied here. I am looking for a school that has good creative writing, graphic design, and Japanese programs (if it's possible to find all 3 at all!). I would love to stay in Canada, but I am looking into US schools as well, and I like the idea of going to an "alternative" type college. I went to a Sudbury school, if anyone has heard of that, and I think I'm having a hard time being in the rigid structure of a typical university.

So, if anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Many thanks in advance!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
7:53 pm
i'm a second-semester junior currently attending a "prestigious" residential private liberal arts college. i'm majoring in Geography (which i'm less than thrilled about) and minoring in Philosophy (which i love). i've got a crap gpa (2.6) because i've hated my school so much, but i did stellar in high school.

i know that it's late in the game for me to still be considering a transfer and i feel kind of foolish about it. but i'm thinking about doing Goddard's low-residency BA, which seems like a good option for me.

but i'd like to know if there are any other low-residency BA options out there to consider?

also, do any of you have any other recommendations for a girl in my situation? i don't want to take more than an extra year to get my degree. i want to be in some kind of city (because i desperately need to be some place where i can be an active participant in the real world right now). i'm interested in studying Philosophy, environmental sustainability issues, and globalization & international development issues, but also love to study lots of other things, too. i prefer not having to take a ton of core requirements, since the school i'm at now hasn't required any and the classes i've taken wouldn't really fulfill another school's requirements. secluded, residential liberal arts colleges (e.g. Bard, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence) are not an option because that whole scene is driving me insane.

any recommendations are much appreciated. and thanks for taking the time to read this. :)
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
4:49 pm
Does anyone know how long ACT scores and transcripts generally take to get from one college to another one which is being transferred to (if that sentence made sense)?  I'm applying to Naropa, and I can't call my school to get things mailed until Jan. 2, when it reopens.  What happens if the materials don't arrive there on time, but the rest of my application does?  Will I still be counted inside the Jan. 15 deadline?

Current Mood: worried
Sunday, December 17th, 2006
10:23 am
sauve scholars and other similar programs
Thanks for the notes on my exchange-college question :)

Here's another one: do you know of any other uni-level programs similar to Sauve Scholars? It's a one-year program where graduates from all over live in Canada, work with others, learn about social issues, and work on a project related to social change.

Any other programs like those? Doesn't have to be "social change" per se - more like programs uni students can participate in that aren't your typical go-to-class deal.
Friday, December 15th, 2006
11:14 am
thinking of an exchange...
Hi all,

I`m currently studying in Australia and I`m thinking of going on exchange early 2008. My uni has partnerships with quite a number of other colleges, and these are the ones in the US that I`m eligible for (many others were faculty-specific):

Arizona State University
California State University (I could choose a campus)
Central Washington University
New Jersey State Colleges (Montclair, Rowan, Richard Stockton, College of New Jersey, William Paterson)
Oswego State University, NY
Purdue University
San Jose State University
University of Alabama
University of Florida
University of Texas, San Antonio

(quite honestly I would rather go on something like Semester at Sea for that semester, but I don't know if my uni would accept credit for it!)

I'm currently doing an undergrad in Creative Industries (specializing in Writing & Management). However, this exchange would be to fulfill electives so I could pretty much choose whatever - I'd like to do something related to creativity, social work, or education.

How are those universities? Are any of them particularly "outside-the-lines"-ey? Any recommendations?

Thank you! :)

edit: oops, didn't realize they meant NJ in the plural. have edited for clarity.
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
8:01 pm
Naropa Admissions Essay
Hello, fellow outsidethelines'ers! I have written one of my admissions essays for Naropa University and would appreciate if you could take a gander at it. The instructions were that you should explain why you want to go to Naropa University. You should read this because 1) Maybe you will enjoy it and 2) I want to go to Naropa more than I've ever wanted anything in my life and appreciate all the feedback I can get. So feel free to be brutal with your criticism. It will only help me.
Here it isCollapse )
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
1:29 am
This is why I have not posted any art lately. I've been busy working on another aspect of art.

The following link is an example of the type of interviews I do.

Chet Zar. Artist for Tool. He did special effects for Hellboy, Planet of the Apes, and The Ring:


I would like to interview more artists, so send me a message if you are interested. I'm very interested in interviewing current art students... both college and high school level.


Brian Sherwin

Read the blog: http://myartspace.com/blog/
Create a free online gallery: http://myartspace.com/
Discuss art education: http://www.myartspace.com/schools/
Enter competitions http://www.myartspace.com/contests/index.html
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
12:44 am
Contemplative Psychology
I posted here before about wanting to major in contemplative psychology or Buddhist psychology or that type of thing. Naropa is still my first choice but I am a little freaked out at the thought that I won't get into Naropa and will be left with absolutely no other choices since I cannot find any other schools where I can study Buddhist psychology. So I beg you, does ANYONE know of any school, anywhere in the U.S., where I could major in such a thing or in a similar thing??? Pleaseee heeelp!

Current Mood: desperate
Thursday, October 19th, 2006
11:31 pm
alright alright
So I've been following this community for more than a year now but now it's finally my turn to start applying for colleges and whatnot. On my list right now is

-Sarah Lawrence (though I'm rethinking this one based on so many negative opinions about the student body I've read)
-Eugene Lang
-Bryn Mawr (only because it's closest to home)
-New College of Florida
-College of New Mexico

My passion is music. I studied serious piano for 10 or so years before realizing that the pressure I felt from working in the direction of being a conservatory student was (literally) making me crazy, so I dropped it and realized that my true love is for writing. I am, however, very much not interested in any sort of "traditional" music program. Also, I really cannot do a rigorous audition. I do however need to be somewhere where I can take classes in my other beloved subjects.

My first choice is Bennington but it's so expensive that I may have to pick something else.

I'm really interested in The New College of Florida (it's cheap as heck!) Does anyone have any information on its music program? I really love everything else I've read/heard/seen about the school, but the music program is the most important thing. Anyone, anyone?

Any schools I may have overlooked? (Again, not looking for anything "traditional" so no Oberlin or anything)

Current Mood: energetic
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