The 5 Best Things About Going To A Small College

The 5 Best Things About Going To A Small College

Where everybody knows your name.
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Many times, when I tell someone where I go to school, one of the first questions they ask me is if I like going to a small college, and wonder why I did not choose to go to a big university. In reality, one of the biggest reasons I chose to go to St. Thomas Aquinas College was because of its size. While I absolutely do not think that going to a big university is a bad choice, I just knew it was not for me. Now, having just started my sophomore year at STAC, I know that going to a small college was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself, and I see the benefits of it more and more everyday. Here are the five best things about going to a small college:

1) Everyone knows each other around campus.

Whether it is a classmate, professor, dean, or president of the college, you know nearly everyone you see around campus— and almost everyone knows you. While some people may not like this, I think it helps you to feel so much more comfortable in your surroundings. Even just a quick hello in the hallway, in class, in the library, or when you are grabbing lunch, could make your day so much better.

2) You are able to take advantage of tons of off-campus trips.

While they have off-campus trips at big universities, the ones at small schools are usually cheaper (sometimes even completely free), and there is a greater chance you will be able to go on them since there is less competition for spots. In addition, many classes themselves are able to take trips. For example, a writing class might take a trip to a publishing company, or a science class might take trip to a lab, which are opportunities you may not have access to at larger schools due to bigger class sizes.

3) It is much easier for you to get involved on campus.

When you go to school with thousands of other students, it could be harder for you to be able to get involved on campus. Just like with off campus trips, not only will the fight for positions in clubs and activities be considerably more competitive, but the amount of people that join these clubs and activities will be much larger, and you might end up feeling like you are really not even apart of the them at all. At a small school, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in just about anything, and you will get to know every person that is in any of the same clubs and activities as you.

4) Class sizes are small.

At my school, the average student to teacher ratio is eighteen to one. Not only is this beneficial because the teacher gets to know you personally, but you also get to know the names of everyone else in your classes. Oftentimes, when you are surrounded by at least a hundred other people, none of whom you really know, it might be more difficult for you to take part in class. In a smaller setting, however, chances are you will be more willing to ask and/or answer questions, in addition to just taking a greater roll in participating in class in general.

5) You feel like you are part of a family.

In all of these points, the one common factor is that your school becomes a tight-knit community. You are always surrounded by familiar faces, and can go to just about anyone on campus if you ever need help with anything. There are so many ways to get involved, and there is always something to do. At a small school, you are more than just another student— you truly feel like you are part of a family.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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