We, the people of HE, certainly have some different outlooks on the world than many others. I would love to attend a college (preferably a small, liberal arts kind of place) with a student body of similar values. Any ideas?
College is a time for growth.
Choose a school which will allow, enable, and empower you. Choose a school that will present a wide variety of viewpoints and present you with opportunities. Select a school that will allow you to truly learn and explore the Universe.
CU Boulder is my school. I love it. It exposes to a variety of unique perspectives and educates me for all aspects of life-plus its beautiful in Boulder and Colorado!
Id love to know more about this. I plan to move to or near santa cruz at the end of this year. What are you studying there? How long have you been there? Where are you originally from/where else have you lived?
I wont be attending university (im going to study ayurveda at a near by institute) but everyone I have spoken with reassures me that I will love it there. While looking through options between colorado, austin tx, LA, SF and sacremento area I was literally getting goosebumps when I was reading and looking at pictures of santa cruz.
I am a Sophomore, currently in the winter quarter. I am studying intensive psychology with an economics minor. I am originally from Southern California, Los Angeles and it’s been a really big change but I love it and love northern california and thinking about living here forever (like when I start a family haha).
Santa Cruz is definitely a great place for growth. I have met the BEST people here, the most down-to-earth people. It’s highly concentrated with awesome people and you are free to express yourself in which ever way you want. You are not judged but just continuously accepted. I feel at home here and I am so happy I chose to come live here. I do not regret it at all!
Whatever feels right for YOU I think that probably places like santa cruz, portland oregon,portland maine, boone or asheville NC, boulder, even madison, wi (if you can handle winter the summers are AMAZING). But also I think it just depends on the people you surround yourself with and what you decide to study.
Dont forget about options outside of the university system!!
dude whatever you do, please dont go to a private and RELIGIOUS university. it will tear your creativity to pieces! i came to one thinking i would be enlightened by life but its mostly resulted in a dampening of my soul. stay away from the religious institutions!
I remember looking at Reed college in Oregon a while back when I was looking to transfer to another school. Very liberal, you make your own courses (I loved that), but pretty costly. I’ve since stopped attending school at least for the time being. I didn’t know what it was that I wanted to do at the time, so I felt like I was just wasting other people’s money.
Hampshire College in Amherst, MA is a very alternative school as far as education system. Johnson State college in VT is interesting as well – they have an alternative medicine major. One of my friends told me when they visited that there were people meditating on the front lawn of the school.
Maharishi University of Management in Iowa is interesting as well. They use the block system ( you only take one class a month and then switch) to minimize stress, they also have a meditation dome and all students meditate twice a day ( you are taught Transcendental Meditation upon entry.) I hope you find what you are looking for! :)