The professors really care about their students, and strive to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Especially with first-year students, professors do their best to make sure that they know all about the college, outside community, and academic expectations. The coursework is very difficult. I took IB classes in high school, and my senior year HL classes were on par with the level expected for incoming first-year students. Though the coursework is demanding, the environment is accommodating. For example, many students stay up late into the night to do work, but they do so in groups with trips to the Grille for food and coffee. The professors are willing to discuss any problems you are running into, especially around assignment scheduling. Their focus is on your work quality over quantity, so due dates are often negotiable if you find yourself stuck in a hectic schedule. The work load ebbs and flows, with a few key weeks known as Hell Weeks sprinkled in. While these weeks are challenging for all, the campus hosts events such as 1am pancakes and Puppies and Pancakes for stress relief and study breaks. The classes are very small, with the average being 15 or less students. This makes classes great for discussion. The reading load in many classes is heavy, and the expectation is that you not only read the material, but synthesize and analyze it. This is challenging for many students, but the Reading Lab and Writing Lab are always there for support.