Apr 2, 2008, 5:07 AM
Post #255 of 430
A few things I noticed:
If you haven't seen the campus, it's stunning. I say this coming from a tiny liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts that--despite a beauty its own--keeps to a more provincial (read: Puritanical) tradition. Anyway, Columbia's campus was something altogether different for me--the height of university towers, the general bustling, the exclusive library (ha), the corporations (disguised as young, wandering students--with gift cards) pandering on campus (Starbucks, Red Bull), etc.
On the other hand, to dispel, at least spatially, any anxieties about (what could be considered) a structurally (and populously?) imposing environment at Columbia, I wanted to note that the entire School of Arts is one building, and the entire Writing Division is one small floor (the fourth). It was immediately cozy !
The other experiences are less general, more teacher-specific, which seems inappropriate to go into on a public message board. But, to be appropriately vague, it was a mixed bag, the brighter stuff in the bag outweighing the wet-blanket, bummerish things encountered (in people, facts) there.
So--I think I'm going (for poetry) !
Oh, also, the few students I spoke with were completely lovely and helpful. If you visit (especially outside of an organized event like Open House), you should talk and talk and talk. To anyone.