Class of 2014

<p>I just got my acceptance letter the other day! So pumped for K!</p>

<p>So is there anyone else out there interested in Kalamazoo?</p>

<p>And anyone currently going there who really loves it/has any advice or recommendations for incoming freshmen?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>Congratulations! </p>

<p>Fang Jr is a happy freshman at K. My advice-- do Landsea.</p>

<p>I got my acceptance letter as well! I'm really excited about Kalamazoo and it is definitely one of my top choices. </p>

<p>Two questions for you Fang. </p>

<p>What's your child's experience been like so far? Negatives? Positives? </p>

<p>What did your son/daughter think of landsea? I'm considering it, but the idea of a 48 hour isolation period scares me a little. </p>

<p>Sorry for all of the questions, I just don't know anyone who has attended K.</p>

<p>Congrats amh333! Are you sure where you're going yet? And where else did you apply?</p>

<p>I considered Landsea but I hate being wet and nature so I don't think I'll do it. However I too would like to know your take on the K experience. I'm a dedicated student as I'm sure most are at K, but is the work significantly harder or at about the same level as say an AP class?</p>

<p>My son is very happy. He's kind of nerdy, not a hard-drinking partying kind of guy, and he's happy to find others like him to hang out with. </p>

<p>He loved LandSea. He reports that the solo was no big deal. The leaders come around a few times to check on each camper, so he didn't find it scary or anything like that. I was worried that it might be cold and rainy, but instead the weather was so gorgeous and sunny he came back sunburned and peeling. His patrol was physically strong, so they zoomed through the hikes in the morning and played Euchre, a Midwest card game, in the afternoons. He's a California boy, but evidently he learned quickly.</p>

<p>Several Kalamazoo people told me the LandSea people tend to be close all through their college years, especially freshman year. Fang Jr usually takes a long time to make friends, but he came back from LandSea with friends already.</p>

<p>The whole Fang family likes the small size of K. Fang Jr gets lots of personal attention. The first meeting of his freshman seminar was during orientation week; the professor had already read all her students' summer essays and admission essays and prepared written feedback. Also, when we first heard/read about Kalamazoo nobody mentioned how beautiful the campus is. It's gorgeous.</p>

<p>Negatives-- well, for us, the distance is a negative. Some people might think the small size is a negative, though we don't. And it's a bit annoying to have to explain over and over again that yes, Kalamazoo is really a place, it's a small city, there's a college there.</p>

<p>Oh, as to how hard K is compared to a high school class, well, we're homeschoolers, so we can't help you there. Fang Jr says Kalamazoo classes are harder than the AP class he took online, and a bit harder than his community college classes.</p>

<p>Thanks for the help. I'm from Michigan so Kalamazoo isn't far from my home which is a bonus. I'm pretty excited for the freshmen seminars, it is one of the reasons I'm thinking about choosing Kalamazoo.</p>

<p>Thanks Ruby, congrats to you too! I really don't know where I'm going yet. I applied/am applying to a bunch of schools. Macalester, American U, Earlham and Occidental are some of them. What other schools are you applying to? </p>

<p>Thanks for the info Fang. Another question for you... do you know if kids at K have fun? Everything I've heard so far makes me think that attending K means the end of your social life. I'm not a huge party person either, but I do like to relax and have fun on the weekends.</p>

<p>What do you mean by "have fun"? If you're talking about drinking, plenty of kids at K drink. C'mon, it's in Michigan, not Utah.</p>

<p>Yeah I know. Didn't mean it like that. I was asking more about the atmosphere of the school. I've heard its pretty competitive, which is great. But I'd also like to go to a school where kids don't feel like getting the best grades is the most important thing in the world to them.</p>

<p>I visited a few months ago and they had a panel of students speaking. One of the students said that they chose Kalamazoo because it was a less competitive atmosphere. Everyone cared about their grades and such but they were more concerned with getting a good education rather than beating someone else out for a score.</p>

<p>Of course that's just what I've heard.</p>

<p>I got into Kzoo and am seriously considering it. It's a good distance from home, the K-Plan seems neat, campus is beautiful, the city is a good size but relatively safe...</p>

<p>I don't see K as particularly competitive. Neither does Fang Jr.</p>

<p>Congrats AnagramPanda! It's nice to "talk" to other people that applied to K. I think two people from my HS have applied in the last ten years. </p>

<p>That's good to hear Fang. Two more questions for you:</p>

<p>What's the diversity at K like? I know most of the kids come from in-state, but I was wondering if there was at least some diversity among the students. Either race or socioeconomic. I was able to visit last year but I couldn't get a good feel for the student population because we visited on a weekend or something and not a lot of students were walking around or talking classes. </p>

<p>Also, how does Fang Jr. feel about the quarter system? Has it been tough with the breaks happening at different times than the rest of his friends?</p>

<p>If applied EA and still haven't heard anything, when letters were supposed to be mailed on Dec 20, does that mean reject?</p>

<p>garmin you might want to call the Admissions Office and make sure that they had all of your application stuff. I think they sent every type of letter on the 20th, not just acceptance ones.</p>

<p>Fang Jr is OK with the quarter system. Almost certainly, in what would be this year's applicants' sophomore year Kalamazoo will change their calendar. They will retain the quarter system, but switch things around. I heard the calendar will become like Carleton's, but don't quote me on that.</p>

<p>As for diversity-- I think they're doing better this year. There is an ethnically diverse Posse from Los Angeles, and some number of foreign students, and more ethnic diversity than in past years. It's a lot whiter than Fang Jr is used to, though; in our state, there is no ethnic majority.</p>

<p>My S is a sophomore at K this year. </p>

<p>He really enjoyed LandSea and thought it was much tougher than he expected. He had trained physically, but many people don't and some got hurt-so if you go, take their recommendations seriously!</p>

<p>S seems to have fun. He does not drink at all and I know as a freshman there was more partying going on than he hoped to find. There are also many very wealthy students there. My S is only able to go there because of their generous financial aid package and it made it cheaper than even going to UMichigan (we're in state). </p>

<p>My S already did an "externship" in Germany this past summer. The personal level that the faculty and staff are on with students is incredible! If I have a question about a financial issue (just an example-could be anything really), I can call or email and get a response immediately. </p>

<p>My S is close with his professors, has had great club and organization experiences and finds the workload challenging. He has TONS of reading to do, but that is his passion so he enjoys it. </p>

<p>About the only negative for him has been the limited cafeteria hours!</p>

<p>Hey all! :)</p>

<p>I applied to Kalamazoo for RD as well, and i really love the college and its program. My only concern is the finances for my education in US as an international. I applied for financial aid from Kalamazoo. How generous is Kalamazoo in providing aid to international students? That's my biggest concern now - finances.</p>

<p>Basically my parents have a yearly income of US$50k a year. and my mom is retiring in 2 years (she's 56yrs old) and my dad is a retiree doing his own business (65years old). I can post up other details if needed like my statistics, my essays and other things if needed. I just need some suggestions or assurance from you all regarding this. :) because i really hope to be able to be there at kalamazoo this fall for college.</p>

<p>Good luck to all of you. =D</p>

<p>another current student taking questions here! :)
i'm a freshman like fang jr. unlike fang jr, i didn't actually do landsea.</p>