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College Visit: Sarah Lawrence

Janaki Nallamothu
Students sit around a table with Julia Cohen, the Assistant Director of Admission at Sarah Lawrence College. Seniors and juniors learned about how student life and academics work at Sarah Lawrence. “I was really excited to see that [Sarah Lawrence] was coming to Community,” junior Ionie Steudle said. “I was really happy to learn more about it.”

Students gathered in the Bodley Hall, eager to learn more about Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts college located in New York. On Friday, Oct. 20, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Sarah Lawrence College, Julia Cohen, visited Community High. When CHS junior, Ionie Steudle, heard that the college visit would be taking place, she was very excited.

“I’ve heard a lot about the college from my friends and family and I’ve also done my own research,” Steudle said. “I was very really happy to learn more about it.”

After the college visit ended, Steudle took a moment to reflect on what she learned. One aspect of the college that she was drawn to was the “no major” system. Rather than choosing one specific major like at a traditional college or university, the students of Sarah Lawerence College meet with their dean and choose all of the individual classes they are interested in instead of the set of classes that go with each major. Students are able to connect more than 50 areas of specialization together to create a course of study that is completely unique. 

Steudle liked this aspect because, at this time in her life, she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do.

“You get to choose your own path,” Steudle said. “It’s a good place for people who don’t know what they want to do yet to experiment. Or if you do know what you want to do, there’s also so many other aspects to it.”

Steudle doesn’t know where her education is going to lead her, but having a college that gives her the freedom to explore all her interests before she has to decide on one path gives her hope and reassurance. It reminds her that every interest she pursues might not be “the one” and that is completely okay. 

“I can try different things out and not feel stressed that I don’t know yet,” Steudle said. “Knowing there’s a [college] like that is really helpful.”

With over 16,000 students, Sarah Lawrence classes are relatively small, and the curriculum is project-based with bi-weekly roundtable discussions and a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. This small student-to-teacher ratio encourages students to develop a closer, more meaningful relationship with each of their professors.

The days before registration is interview week at Sarah Lawrence. Students are able to meet with prospective professors and learn about the curriculum, show some of their previous work, and learn about the professor as well as how the class will function.

“We recognize that every student isn’t going to like every professor,” Cohen said. “It’s a really good way to write off classes you’re not interested in.”

Sarah Lawrence prides itself on being a collaborative environment. Every student’s path is unique to their interests and passions but students work together to succeed.

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Janaki Nallamothu
Janaki Nallamothu, Journalist
Janaki Nallamothu is a sophomore at CHS. This is her first semester on staff and she's super excited. Outside of school, Janaki loves playing tennis, taking her dog on walks, baking, and playing the violin. Janaki can't wait to start her journalism journey at the Communicator.
Vedha Kakarla
Vedha Kakarla, Feature Editor
Vedha Kakarla is a sophomore entering her second year on The Communicator staff and her first year as feature editor. Outside of school, you can find her playing golf or basketball. She also enjoys going on long drives, hanging out with her friends, and listening to music. She loves writing stories and interviewing people and she is very excited for another year on staff!

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