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You Asked: Is there a strong competitive atmosphere at Skidmore? I went to a H.S where everyone wanted to know how everyone else did on an exam or assignment. It was uncomfortable.

Skidmore College is an academically rigorous campus. Getting accepted is a challenge as well as staying afloat when a student here. However, I do not consider Skidmore a competitive school. In other words there isn’t a cut throat atmosphere, students are not choking each other in hopes of killing the competition. It is much more common to see students assisting each other inside and outside of the classroom. This sense of community makes for a much more comfortable environment.

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Formspring (and you?) asked: Special Dietary Needs

Great question FormSpring! I do not have a special diet but if YOU do, do not worry! Skidmore’s dining services accommodates special diets. The great people at dining services will work directly with you to discuss which meals are okay to eat based on your special diet and or allergies; meals can be pre- made separately. The dining hall has a food preparation area dedicated to students with special dietary needs and or food allergies.
Everyone gets to om nom nom at Skidmore!

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$$ How much are we talking here? $$

Expensive.

Skidmore College is expensive. Then again the cost of just about any private college education is expensive but what you get in return is worth the investment and we are talking big time investments here. Paying for college is investing in your education and future.

The cost per year to attend Skidmore is $56, 400. This sum includes estimates for books, personal expenses, and travel. I am guessing your jaw just dropped because even I know that is a whole lot of money. Let’s be serious here not many can actually just sign a check every year as if it were no big deal; Skidmore understands this. One of the things that is great about Skidmore is how amazing they are with financial assistance. There is no way I would have been able to attend Skidmroe if it were not for the financial help I have received. More than half of the student body receives some form of financial assistance. Skidmore College offers aid packages anywhere from $2,000 to a full packaged deal of $56,000. These packages are need based, in other words each student’s financial situation is reviewed. Based on their individual situation a package is created.

Skidmore College offers two merit- based scholarships (none for the athletics). The Porter Presidential Scholarships in Science and Mathematics ($15,000/yr) are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in science and/or math. The Filene Music Scholarships ($12,000/yr) are awarded who demonstrate outstanding musical talent. To be considered for these scholarships is as easy as checking a box when applying.

Everyone is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Skidmore also offers a number of loan and payment options. Something that I personally find very helpful is having a job. There are so many employment opportunities on campus there is no excuse not to have a job. You can work anywhere from the dining hall to admissions, you can even work for a department or any office on campus. Students who qualify for work study are required to work in the dining hall their first year. After the first year they may work wherever they’d like. Having the extra cash is so worth the 2-9 hour work week. Working on campus can also be a lot of fun. It is an additional way to meet people and you also get the opportunity to learn more about the faculty and staff members on campus. There are also great employment opportunities in town.

If it were not for the package Skidmore offered I really do not know what I would have done. And I would like to add everyone at the Financial Aid office is great. The staff is so friendly and extremely helpful. Every year I feel like I aske the same questions and somehow they all keep their patience.

Here is the link to the FA office.   http://cms.skidmore.edu/financialaid/

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You asked: I consider myself pretty conservative, but don’t want to miss out on the "college experience," are there opportunities at skidmore to have fun and meet people who do not have sex, drink, do drugs etc?

I must start by saying this is a great question and a concern for much more students during their college search than people may think.
The answer is yes, there are so many opportunities at Skidmore College to meet people that do not involve sex, drugs, and alcohol. The social scene at Skidmore College is not in any way overwhelmed by parties, sex, drugs or alcohol and I think it’s because there is so much to do on our campus, so many clubs to join and events to attend. Skidmore has over 100 clubs and organizations that organize over 3500 events per year. None of the clubs/ organizations on our campus are binding. So you are more than welcome to join the email list but attend as many or as few events as you’d like. And you can join as many email lists as you’d like. Joining the email lists and attending events of numerous clubs is a great way to meet people. The events organized by clubs/ organizations range from community service to lectures, to dinner events, performances, and film screenings (The list does not end there). None of which include sex, drugs, or alcohol.
Other ways to meet people include joining an intramurals teem and attending your dormitories all hall events. There is always the classic sitting at a new table at the dining hall every time you eat. Everyone at Skidmore is really friendly. Throughout my years I also met people through jobs I worked. What I loved was that everywhere I went I could meet people from all walks of life.
I guess the message I am trying to get across is that there are many alternatives for fun and meeting people on our campus other than hooking up drinking and getting high. I am sure there is a chance that all of these do occur throughout the campus but because there is so much to do here such behavior does not dominate the social scene.

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* I must add, Skidmore College is a substance free campus. All dormitories are substance free. R.A’s, H.R’S, and campus safetly make rounds evey night throughout the campus to make sure students follow these rules. 21 year old students who liive in a house/ senior housing on campus are allowed to posess alcohol.

You asked: Hey, so I am wondering if you could help me with my college process. I am planning on majoring in government/political science. Are the readings in that department strenuous?

Skidmore College is an academically rigorous campus. So my guess is the work within that department is quite strenuous. If you have chosen that as a major its partly on the assumption that you enjoy the material. If you enjoy the material the work will not feel so bad.
Choose your major wisely.

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OKTOBERFEST: “Back to the Era of Oktoberfest”

This past weekend marked Skidmore’s annual Oktoberfest. A weekend of various just for fun events organized by the Interclass Council and the Senior Class Council. The schedule was as follows:
 

  • Oct. 6th: Karaoke Night (Spa) & Midnight Dodgeball (Case Green)
  • Oct. 7th: Oktoberfest (Case Green) & SEC’s TV on the Radio Concert (Gym)
  • Oct. 8th: Ironman Contest (Case Green) & Dancing with the Victorians: Semi-formal dance (Fallstaffs)
  • Oct. 9th: Dunkin Donuts Study Break (Case Center)

The Iron Man competition was my favorite. I participated but did not place 🙁 Sad times. Apparently I’m not the best at potato sack racing, pie eating, balloon tossing, football throwing, or wheel ball racing. Though not so bad at arm wrestling. Notice how I was lame at everything but one as task in the competition. Sounds like I need to step it up; some more gym time in my future?

P.S Completely unrelated- but I updated the “Tower, Banderboys, Pizza” post with a clip of the Bandersnatchers singing. Check it out !

Melissa '12 and Sergio ' 12 sing a duet during KaraokeThe Ref maks calls during midnight dodgeball

Tv on the Radio

Sammy '13 and Becca ' 13 dance it up during Tv on the Radio

Skylar ' 12 whips her hair back and forth for Tv on the Radio; Get it gurl !

Why not climb such as gorgeous tree while waiting for the Iron Man competition to start

Dj Carrnage pumps up the volume during the competition

 

Football toss

I decided to join some spectators for this photo

 

 

You asked: Hey Alta, What do you recommend for a student planning on going to law school. Should I major in Government or Economics?

It actually does not matter what you majored in when applying for Law School. Economics is encouraged because of the analytical skills attained, while Government courses will expose students to social issues in various societies/nations. Philosophy and English can help foster the writing skills needed to excel in Law school. There seems to be something to take away from all departments. I actually know of an Art major who was accepted to a number of Law schools.
Do not be afraid to take chances.

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You asked: What is there to do on the weekends? Are there different "scenes" going on?

There is so much to do on the weekends. Actually there is so much to do pretty much every night. There are over 100 clubs and organizations on our campus that organize over 3500 events a year. These events are not limited to the weekends. There really is no excuse to ever stay in your room, when at Skidmore, saying there is nothing to do. There seems to always be something occurring whether its an all hall event within a dormitory, a guest speaker giving a lecture, a film being featured, maybe free food being served somewhere, or even a performance going on. Other events include parties, fashion shows, art exhibits, sports events, and the list goes on.
There is always something to do, something for your every mood.

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You asked: What makes Skidmore unique to you?

The fact that Skidmore is far from a “cookie cutter” school is what makes it unique to me. When I visited as a prospective student I noticed that the campus is very diverse in interests, passions, and talents of the students. No student was like any other; all students are aware of that and appreciate that diversity. Here you will find students who are studying neuroscience and art, for instance, or psychology and religion or theatre and philosophy; combinations that some may think makes no sense but with close observation makes so much sense. Our students find creative ways to make their passions and interests work together.
I mean, our alma mater is CREATIVE THOUGHT MATTERS for a reason.

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SPECTRUM: MASQUERADE

Dear Skidmore Pride Alliance,

Spectrum was fantastic. Thank You for such a great time !!

Love, Alta

 

As you can already tell from my “letter” to SPA, Spectrum was such a big hit !

As I was walking up to the venue I could see that Falstaffs* was packed to capacity. Once inside I could see that so many people dressed up and or wore masks. Fabric draped all the walls, flowers hung from columns, and balloons hovered over the crowd. All of which glowed under the black lights. Thanks to DJ Ramses (student, Danl Goodman’ 13) playing the best tracks, everybody busted some sick moves. I, for one, could not stop dancing. Oh, what a night !

Just another fantastic weekend at Skidmore.

 

My housemates and I made our own masks #CTM.

Some more crafty biddies.

Here are some more pictures from last night’s fun !

 

*Before the campus went dry and the drinking age rose to 21+, Falstaffs was an on campus bar. The space is now used for events including dinner, performances, and parties.