Category Archives: Formspring

You Asked: Do you have finals? How are they going?

I do have finals. It seems that most seniors have large papers to complete as opposed to long tests. I have a take home test for one course that is all long answers and can actually be the equivalent of a 10 page paper; A 15 pager + presentation which I finished today; A 15 pagers due Friday; and a 15 pager due Monday. Lastly, a final exam on the 16th. Phew. Just thinking about it makes me sweat. All is going well but maybe you should ask me again later this week.

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You Asked: Can students have jobs on campus?

Absolutely! There are so many jobs on campus. For instance, students can work at the dining hall, in any department on campus, for admissions, for the annual fund and the list goes on and on. Work study students are required to work in the dining hall their first year as a student, after the first year they can work any where else on campus. All students, work study or not, can work on campus. Most students apply for jobs online; the campus posts all positions available months before the semester begins. Skidmore also has available positions during the summer which is great because if you work on campus during the summer you can live on campus and who doesn’t want to be here for the summer ?!

One of the positions I have on campus is with admissions. I am a “Admissions Ambassador”. I give meet prospective families giving tours and greeting them as they enter the office.

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You Asked: What’s your favorite time of year?

I love Spring at Skidmore. When the weather is really nice out students sit or lay out on the grass; some are playing games or an instrument, maybe just having a quick chat. Some professors are even willing to have class out doors. And the campus always looks so beautiful with so much green and flowers everywhere.

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You Asked: I remember hearing about a freshman seminar. Can you tell me more about it?

Every student is required to take a freshman seminar. Prior to coming to Skidmore, everyone submits their top choices for freshman seminars they would like to take. Students often time get a seminar that was amongst their top three choices. The classes are often no more than 15 students. There are many sections taught by professors from all departments. The professors teaching the seminars are teaching the course on a topic they themselves are passionate about, so the seminar can be a lot of fun for professors as well. All courses are given a summer reading. I feel like the freshman seminar is the course that helps each student develop into a college student, it helps to leave behind the high school mentality. The students within the course often times become good friends especially since all students in the same seminar section live in the same building; not necessarily the same suite, but they will all live in the same building. Which is cool because a solid set of 15 students develop a tight bond which can make things easier freshman year.
I really enjoyed my freshman seminar. I became friends with people I may have not otherwise and I the professor is also a great friend of mine. He and I catch up with coffee all the time.

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You Asked: Did you go abroad? Did you enjoy your time?

I DID !! I went abroad to Australia. I had the time of my life. I fell in love with the people, sights, food, EVERYTHING!! I still keep in touch with the friends I met there and am confident that I will keep in contact with them for the rest of my days. I loved Australia so much I feel the need to return after graduation.

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You Asked: what happens if you fail a course in college?

If a student is doing poorly in a class, Student Academic Services is notified. SAS then will set up an apointment with the student. During this appointment the SAS staff member tries to figure out why the student is doing poorly. From there, with the student’s input, a plan for improvement is developed. This may include a new study schedule or study method, and or meeting with a tutor.
A failing grade will harm a student’s grade point average and the credits will not count.
There are tons of resources on campus to help with any academic struggles. Everyone should take advantage of these resources.

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You Asked: Is there pressure to be talented? like in the arts.

Absolutely not !! I can not sing, play an instrument, draw, paint, and I only think I can dance. I never felt left out. There is a great creative scene here. I really like that about Skidmore. I can enjoy the creativity of students without feeling like I have to be talented in the arts.

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You Asked: Do you like the sports center?

I love the Sports Center. Its clean, cool, and up to date. The sports center is open from 7-12am on weekdays and 9pm on weekends. The center has a cardio room, two weight rooms, a pool, a main gym, two rec gyms, dance studios, a multipurpose room, and a number of racquet ball rooms. Outdoors there are tennis courts, a soccer/field hockey/ lacrosse field, a baseball field, and a whole lot of green for just about anything. So basically there are heaps of ways to make use of the sports center and anyone, athlete or not, at any time can use any part of the center. Students can also borrow equipment from the center at any time.

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You Asked: Do you guys have off- campus dorms? Do most people live on- campus?

Skidmore College does not have any off campus dormitories as of 2006 (I may be off by a bit on that year). I think that is the year of which Skidmore sold Moore Hall, a dorm that was apart of the old campus. The campus use to be located about a 20 minute walk from the current campus, in the center of town.
90-95 % of Skidmore Students live on campus. Students are guaranteed housing for all four years and can not live off campus until junior year. Only under certain circumstances can a student live off campus as an underclassman.
I mean why wouldn’t the majority of the student body want to live on campus?! The campus is beautiful and the rooms are large and the houses are sick !

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