Initially I was hesitant to applying to this school, as it seemed way too far out of my comfort zone (that comfort zone being the pseudo-conservative small town I grew up in). But within a few weeks of my first semester, I discovered how much I love it! Everyone here is (largely) open-minded, whether it be about gender identity, sexual orientation, sense of fashion, or different religions and cultures.
I will say that the school does have a FEW issues, though they are being fixed. We had an issue in my dorm with the laundry machines constantly breaking down, but luckily the machines are being replaced with new ones. The dorm I will be moving into this fall is also going to be refurbished, in response perhaps to some of the criticisms that our buildings are a bit of an eyesore. (The designer of the buildings apparently took the movement of "Brutalism" very literally!)
When an issue in my program came up regarding racial microaggressions among some of the student's dialogue and gossip, a mature and concise discussion was initiated. I am proud to be a part of a community that is open to discussion about gender, race, and other social issues without resorting to putting down one group in favor of another.
The campus has its share of vibrant student events. We not only have a massive two-day music fest and carnival known as Culture Shock, but also Zombie Prom and Pancake Madness to give us a break from our intensive workload. This past March I attended a short St. Patrick's Day party that was completely organized by two RA's. Overall, whether it's the powerful discussions, explosion of artistic expression, or active campus social life, there is never a reason to be bored here. I love every minute of it!