Skidmore has its down points. It is cold for most of the school year, the total student body is small enough to breed gossip, and there isn't always a lot of excitement for students under 21. Campus apathy is not uncommon around sophomore year when "the slump" kicks in for a while. However, most upper-class students can attest to the fact that Skidmore grows on you. You will inevitably find your niche of friends, and your passions and interests will develop as you do as a person. College is a tough time for most people, as you are in a state of figuring out what the heck you want to do with your life. Luckily, Skidmore has a great deal of potential in helping you do this. Its strongest points are the closeness you will find in friends, classmates, and very importantly, professors. These people are rooting for you! They will surprisingly help lead you in the right direction because Skidmore offers a strong sense of family. You are not just a number here. You are Jane/John Doe, for goodness sake! Another strong point is flexibility. If you are unsatisfied with any aspect of the College, there is almost always room for change. If there is no outlet for your passion you can easily start a club, Senate committee, or at least a serious discussion about the problem. Professors and administrators are generally available and enthusiastic supporters of self-starting students' projects.
If you are on the fence over deciding whether to apply, visit the campus. This can make or break a decision for most people. Skidmore's campus is fresh and beautifully green, but it may give you a better idea of how small it is. In terms of the surroundings, the city of Saratoga Springs usually makes the pro list, but again, this is for you to decide. If you've read other sections of this book, you'll have a pretty solid picture of the college's specific strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately, what Skidmore can offer you depends on what you are looking for.