Questions about SLC's Social Scene
This is my first time posting on CollegeConfidential, so I hope I am doing things right.
I am a current senior in Arizona, who schools via distance learning, and due to some personal issues postponing things, I will not be finishing my classes until fall. I will then be doing a post-graduate year, before going to college in the fall of 2013 (there is also a possibility that I may be going to my local public university in the winter of 2013, before transferring someplace else in the fall). From an academic/arts perspective, Sarah Lawrence looks perfect for me. I have a strong passion for theatre and writing, and I'm really looking for a small place that wouldn't force me to choose between either of these passions (something I don't like about conservatories) and that focuses more on the individual person than the grades. My goal is to learn, not simply work on my GPA. I also want a place that is flexible, as this is something I have had trouble with at schools before (hence my decision to do distance learning). In addition, I am attracted by SLC's close proximity to NYC, despite it not being an urban campus, as it's important to me that the school I go to is close to a large city of some kind, and I love NYC.
Now, I'm not too worried about being accepted, as, due to some of my more unique artistic achievements and steady grades/college prep background, I feel that I have a pretty good shot. I also feel that I will be able to hack it financially. However, I am more concerned about the social scene, something I have struggled with at my previous schools in the past.
First of all, I should mention that I do consider myself a fairly liberal person. As a theatre geek, I have lots of gay friends (though it pains me even to label them as such, as I don't think people should be labeled based on their sexuality!) and usually lean more on the Democratic end politically, especially when it comes to social issues. However, I am also an introverted, reserved person, who prefers a small group of friends to a larger one. I'm not really interested in the drinking/drug/smoking/hooking up/partying scene, since, although I do not have anything against people who do indulge in it, it's simply not "me."
I guess my question is whether someone like me would be able to find a niche socially and whether there are students at SLC who also are a little more removed from the larger social scene as a whole. I've heard things about smoke being very prevalent on campus, and I just wanted to know if smoking really is something "everyone" does or whether there are people who don't do it. Really, any information about the social scene from a current student's or alumni's perspective would be helpful.
Thank you so much! I am planning to visit SLC, hopefully sometime in May, so it will, of course, be easier to make my own judgment when I've actually seen the college.