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Colgate University by College Prowler, Elisa Benson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427400406
Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2006
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 0.40(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

About the Author

During my numerous college tours, I visited Colgate on a whim because a friend of mine was about to attend and we were in the area. I automatically fell in love with it during that first visit. The grounds and facilities were beautiful, and my tour guide obviously loved his school. I was accepted to other prestigious institutions in addition to Colgate, making my decision a bit more difficult. Then I stayed overnight during the spring of my senior year, and the love was rekindled. I knew Colgate was the right choice when I saw how much happier and enthusiastic the students at Colgate were than at any other institution I had visited, and they were not all cheerleaders. That was when I met Elisa, a spunky and energetic girl I really hoped would make the same decision as me.

Contrasting Elisa, I am pursuing a dual concentration in sociology and anthropology, with a minor concentration in writing in the social sciences. I hope to graduate and pursue graduate education in law school or journalism school. I have maintained status on the Dean's List and received the Dean's award for the past three semesters at Colgate, so hopefully those awards will help my acceptance.

As for me, Elisa, when I'm not hanging out with Des, I'm either working at the Writing Center or Colgate's PR office, writing my weekly relationship-commentary column for the school paper, spinning punk rock tunes on ‘RCU, or heading up the Colgate Activities Board Special Events committee. Oh yeah, I also find time to go to class, where I'm working toward an art and art history concentration and an interdisciplinary writing minor. Here I am, loving every minute of college life, and hoping that my input with theCollege Prowler guide to Colgate will help others mail the right envelope, too.

Desirée Abeleda

Elisa Benson

Table of Contents

By the Numbers1
Local Atmosphere10
Safety & Security17
Campus Dining33
Off-Campus Dining39
Campus Housing47
Off-Campus Housing57
Guys & Girls66
Greek Life87
Drug Scene92
Campus Strictness96
Report Card Summary114
Overall Experience115
The Inside Scoop120
Finding a Job or Internship126
Student Organizations131
The Best & Worst134
Words to Know142

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