I have read many books about skidmore, i got accepted early decision, and i learned that although there are drugs and drinking at skidmore, all the books i have read say taht there is no pressure, if you are not into that scene, there is a place for you at the college as well
i heard the same thing about reed and had the same concern since i'm not really into drugs. but i also heard that people there don't judge you by whether or not you participate in the drug scene and that it's not a big deal if you don't. i'm sure it's similar at skidmore.
I think you will be fine. I mean, people smoke recreationally a lot, but there are also a lot of people who do not smoke. There are people who smoke often though, but there will definitely be a place for you here, I wouldnt worry. There is absolutely no pressure. Its a very safe environment!
wow, really? i didn't even know skidmore was much of a party school at all. actually when i visited my tour guide told me the dorms were really strict with their no alcohol policy and everything... but honestly i dont think it matters, i'm not into drugs either, and none of you guys seem to be... so i'm sure there will be lots of people that aren't into it either.
from what i can gather (i've visited campus twice, spoke with 2 admissions representatives and a few people who go there), skidmore is not a "party school". Yes, drugs and alcohol are readily available as they are at all schools, but there is no pressure to use them. Not to mention there seems to be tons of different things to do every day of the week (have you ever walked around campus? there are fliers and posters everywhere advertising different shows, performances, speakers, etc). if you could go throughout high school without drinking, you will be able to stay sober at skidmore and not be exiled for your decision.
i don't think skidmore is a huge party school... i've heard alcohol, weed, and coke are the three most popular substances of choice, but as far as i know, pressure isn't a problem. if you are not into that scene, i'm sure tehre were other people whoa ren't, like me, and would not hav ea problem if you aren't. skidmore has a lot going on, so its not necessary to do those sorts of things to have fun.
I think that a prospective student is kidding themselves these days if they think any school doesn't have it's share of drinking and drugs. I know that my daughter did an accepted student sleepover (weekday) at Skidmore and was invited to a party right in the dorm with hard liquor.
The real questions are: how will you handle the situation, are there plenty of things to do if you aren't interested in the scene, and is the student body respectful of your choice. I think the vast majority of schools provide many outlets, it's up to the students to be confident and make the best of the opportunities. Ultimately, you will never regret not doing drugs or drinking!
Heck, at Skidmore, you could just spend all your free time eating at their fabulous dining hall.
Hey! I'm a Skidmore alumna and quite familiar with the campus scene. Yes, there are drugs and alcohol. But, this isn't hs anymore. Plus, the broad liberal arts base with great fine and performing arts programs I think encourages students to be more individuals than perhaps at other schools, while NOT making you an outsider.
I went to the school in the early '80's when the drinking age was 18. Alcohol was at every college evening function on campus. There were no restrictions on anything in the dorms. But that doesn't mean I could be irresponsible then, either.
Skidmore is an expensive school to attend. If you are serious about getting an education, then you buckle down and do what you are there for. And, when you have some free time or need to relax a bit, there are plenty of outlets on campus, in town and int he surrounding area to have fun with or without alcohol.
I learned a ton at Skidmore, had a great extra-curricular experience, including what constituted appropriate limits for me. It was all a part of the experience of going to a rather wonderful liberal arts school.
active alum great post! I think you said it best when you said "appropriate limits", hopefully parents, schools and communities have helped incoming students to understand this BEFORE they arrive on a college campus so they don't blow off an excellent opportunity and an expensive education. The Universities can only deal with what they are given with new students, they can not be expected to transform their habits