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I'm a Junior here and from my experience it seems exactly as pretentious as every other liberal arts college. Generally, if you're nice and accepting, you'll find people to get along with.
Also, just something to keep in mind, but obviously there are much worse things in the world than pretentious hipsters, you know what I mean? They're just as helpless as everyone else, if that makes any sense.
All the class sizes at sarah lawrence for writing classes are generally from 11 to 15 people, from what I've experienced. The worst thing you could say about the teachers, I think, is that you might not share the same taste as them, but I wouldn't say that's any more of a hazard here than it is anywhere else. The writing teachers I've had have been enthusiastic, wise, insightful, and hilarious.
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Written by Jess Unger
SLC is a magnet for students who want, above all other things, to be well-educated. Careers, money, and business are seen as secondary in comparison to the joy of learning. The one-of-a-kind curriculum gives you the freedom to choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. Many students come to Sarah Lawrence unsure of their futures, and many graduate feeling no less disoriented. Yet, it's agreed that the SLC program, with its distinctive philosophy of academics, is a life-changing experience. After all, being a student here equals spending four years immersed in a community of intellectual young people and world-renowned professors.
What students report as the biggest setback is the anemic social scene. Nightlife is nearly nonexistent. Traditionally, SLC students are introspective, private, and socially-awkward people. Loners are abundant, as are small, insular cliques. The severe lack of ethnic or political diversity means that there may be too many like-minded people for the college's own good. Further complicating the situation is the often unfriendly off-campus neighborhood, which causes many students to feel trapped on campus. And it's hard to dismiss the staggeringly high tuition prices. Still, the retention rate is high; students seem determined to endure the College's weaknesses for the sake of its unique strengths.
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