I am a little late on talking about Spring Fling so I apologize. But I just wanted to take the time to say that the events were a success. Soooooo, YEY !!
Friday afternoon I had to give a tour so I was unable to enjoy the festivities as much as I wish I could. After my tour I rushed over to the South Lawn green to at least catch the end of the Candy Land BBQ. Its never fun to catch the end of something good; everyone is leaving, you’re just getting there- you’re pumped, everyone is sun drunk. No fun. I still managed to find some friends munching away at burgers and enjoying the good tunes played by members of the DJ Club.
Directly after playing in the sun for a bit I made my way to the Scholarship Dinner. All senior recipients of scholarships given by Skidmore Alumni attend a really fancy dinner event. At the reception and dinner, donors are expected to meet scholarship recipients. In short, its good food, good talk (especially if you have really chatty donors at your table), and heaps of reminders that we should also be generous once we leave Skidmore (Already gave!!). The two donors at my table were a lovely couple who’s daughter graduated from Skidmore. The wife is also a Skidmore graduate and the husband is currently a professor in the Education Department. It was such a pleasure hearing stories about what is was like to go to school in the 70s- I LOVE LOVE “back in the day” stories ! They are the best ! Especially from a couple who stated they were and still are hippies. I don’t think we could have had anyone better at our table. I could not help but hug and thank them for their time before I made my way to the student center for the DRAG SHOOOWWWWWW !
Busy day, huh ?
The Drag Show is an annual event organized by the Skidmore Pride Alliance. Every year the club tries their best to get a professional drag company to host the drag show. This year they booked Pandora Boxx of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Don’t know the show? Oooof Its good. Anyway she was knee slapping, “oh dear gosh” hilarious- The best host pride has booked in all four years that I have been here. And the performers themselves were great. I also have never seen such a great turn out for the event. Pride did a fantastic job. The show was such a perfect way for me to get pumped about the rest of my Friday night; THANKS S.P.A !
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/