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One of my favorite things that constantly happens at Bennington is the dynamic conversations people have. The Plan Process (Bennington’s academic philosophy/structure) encourage students to work interdisciplinary and collaborate with their peers, the faculty and staff which gives each student’s education a richness that can not be learned from a text book.
If you are looking for a school to be anonymous at, Bennington is not the place for you. Because of the intimate size of Bennington, you recognize, but do not know, most of the students on campus. I personally enjoy this atmosphere (it leads to a comfortableness that I haven’t experienced anywhere else) but recognize that it can be too cozy for some.
Would I do it again?
Yes, Bennington encourages students to pursue the questions they are interested in studying and offer a phenomenal curriculum to do so. I would love to have access to the great faculty, peers and courses for another four years.
Read the rest of Ellen’s Bennington College review.
The best thing about this school is the opportunities it provides outside of academics. UCLA encourages involvement in extracurricular activities during your time here. To support that, all incoming Freshman and Transfer students participate in UCLA Volunteer Day (along with countless staff, faculty, and alumni) to offer help and assistance throughout Los Angeles before the first day of class. UCLA is also the home to 950+ student organizations. Student advisors are here to provide you with the resources, support, and advice that you need to start your own program or coordinate your own events. You can find a volunteer program or student organization for every area in which you’re interested. If not, UCLA provides you with the opportunity to start one.
The large classroom size for general education courses can cause many students to lose interest or focus since it’s challenging for the professors to focus on each individual student in a class of 300. Still, there are many professors here at UCLA who have able to captivate the attention of such a large audience — and those professors are highly valued. Also, a common misconception is that “the first two years are meant to explore, take care of your general education courses, and figure out what you want to do”; however, I would suggest figuring this out early on. In most cases, by the time you figure out what subject you’d be passionate about pursuing (often around the end of second year), it’s already too late… and you realize that your desired major had prerequisites that you should have taken during your Freshman year. As is the case at any college, time is money. Plan wisely.
Would I do it again?
Yes, I think UCLA provides a well-rounded education not only through academics, but also through the opportunities it provides students to take initiative and be leaders. UCLA supports the idea that you can be anything you want to be and provides you with the resources it takes to get there. For the price, I find the experience and the network you gain from being at UCLA very difficult to replicate at any other university. It’s like its own city, and there’s something here for everyone.
Read the rest of Alesha’s UCLA review.