Hello, everyone! I've been really interested in Sweet Briar for a few months now, and I'm looking at applying next year. However, the more I look into it, the more skeptical I get. I'm all about Sweet Briar's academics and I love their traditions and all, but at the same time, I'm a little worried. I've been judged by people a lot since I was about twelve due to my piercings, and now that I've gotten a tattoo, that sort of doubled the pressure on me to be so-called "normal." While I feel like I could sort of blossom and find a place at Sweet Briar, I'm also not sure because I've read a lot about that a lot of the girls are sort snooty or conservative or whatever. It'd be really hard for me to travel all that way and visit the campus to see what it's really like for myself because I live in Maine.So what do you guys think? Should I listen to what other people are saying? If I'm going to spend four years of my life in one place, I want to be happy. Would some of my liberal views and my style be accepted there?
I graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College though it is co-ed now. It's about a 25-30 minute drive from Sweet Briar. I took a class there while I was a student at RMWC. I wouldn't say its a conservative campus, however I felt it was much more mainstream and more preppy than most women's colleges I've visited. I think its a good idea to visit the campus beforehand to see if the culture feels like home. That's how I chose RMWC really. Hollins is in Roanoke which is in the same central VA area and is about an hour or so away. It's much larger college, but the city of Roanoke is more interesting than Lynchburg/Amherst in my opinion, but the atmosphere seems more casual. The women I met at Hollins I felt more at home with, but that's just for me. I also recommend Agnes Scott in Atlanta area (Decatur really), GA. Awesome location and the school reminded me of everything I loved about my undergradute experience. Everyone was friendly and Decatur was a cute little alternative town. And its cool being near a huge city like Atlanta.
Thanks so much for your help. I'm really appreciative of everyone's suggestions and I'll definitely be looking into more of these schools. (: