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  this is some writing to create a space Meet Chloe, one of our summer 2017 ICI Interns: I’m Chloe Alexander, a recent graduate of an ICI member campus, where I studied Communications and History. You’ll find me in a library, coffee shop, or thrift store. I speak primarily in English, but also in Spanish with a terrible accent, FRIENDS quotes, and Disney song lyrics. I strive to make my mark on the world by writing, traveling, reading, engaging in critical thinking, and enjoying the arts. Ask me about my adorable dog and I will talk to you for a minimum of an hour.  

Unique Experiences at a Private College 

July 20, 2017 

Going to a private college offers you experiences you might not get elsewhere.

 

Private College Week is happening right now (July 17-21) and students are visiting private colleges and universities all over the state of Indiana. 

Having attended a private college in Indiana myself, I wanted to share a few experiences I had at a private college that I don’t think would have happened elsewhere.
 

Small class sizes. 

One of the main reasons I sought a private school is that I wanted a smaller campus. I also attended a private high school, and large state schools with thousands of undergraduates sounded extremely intimidating. I found that usually having less than 30 classmates really aided my education. I was able to talk directly with classmates and engage with their contributions and conversation in class. I also had more direct interactions with my professors and other administration as well. They were much more accessible to me, and I could converse with them much more comfortably. 

Academic control.

At a private college, I believe that I had more academic control over my degree. Smaller classes sometimes meant that professors were able to create and have more specialized classes for upperclassmen or honors students. I also rarely had to compete to get into a class, and thus usually didn’t have to settle for classes that I didn’t want to take. I double majored in college in two things that sometimes overlapped or made for a difficult schedule. My professors were amazing at working with me to make classes fit what I needed in the best way. I was part of this process every step, and I felt more responsible and in control of my academics rather than just signing up for classes and hoping for the best. 

Relationships with professors.

Being one of fifteen or so students in a class meant that my professors knew my face and my name. I was comfortable talking to them outside of class or dropping by their office if I was passing through the building. The dean of students also knew my name, and I interacted regularly with the coordinator of student involvement. A private college enabled me greatly to have personal relationships with administrators and professors and I am supremely grateful for that experience. 

Professional benefits.

One of the advantages of these relationships I formed was that often because my professors knew who I was, they were personally committed to helping me further my career. Multiple times I was able to land an internship or get professional career advice through a professor reaching out to a personal contact. I felt invested in, and a private college was able to provide me with that feeling. 

Campus involvement.

One thing that I was slightly nervous about when I was heading to college was the opportunities for campus involvement. A lack of variety in clubs and organizations was not something that I wanted to deal with. As it turns out, most of these worries were unfounded. There were tons of things to get involved in, and it didn’t take me long to find a club that I enjoyed (and friends, too!). I was involved in multiple clubs on campus as an undergraduate, most notably student government. This was a really cool avenue to explore and become involved on campus. Knowing more people on a private campus meant that a lot of students cared about most issues on campus. Everybody had a co-worker, classmate, or friend down the hall that was affected by campus changes, so it wasn’t hard to get students involved in events and causes. I really felt like I was more than just a student existing on campus. I was an intimate part of it. 

Private colleges and universities provide a number of unique experiences, and these are just a few. Check out all of our member campuses this week and see what other kind of different things you could encounter as a student!  


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