no wednesday or friday classes next semester.
no wednesday or friday classes next semester.
— Jacq Jones, founder of queer friendly sex shop Sugar in Baltimore
Hey! So I couldn’t figure out a better way to reply to this, because it would take like 10 ask’s to respond properly :P So here we go..
1. The student community is close knit, but it’s not clique-y. I am really shy too, and the Goucher nature is very one of a kind… If you can just make yourself do it, you can talk to anyone [who you want to talk to]. There are some people (mostly rude bros) who I choose to ignore, but if there’s someone cool, it is really so easy to just smile, say hi, wave, or ask them a question about your classes. And chances are, if you don’t, they will first. It’s not only easy to make friends, but it’s easy to make acquaintances - and as an introvert, that’s super important to me. Especially if you join a club, it’s not as hard as you think it’ll be to join the community!
2. The academics are pretty awesome. Almost every teacher I’ve had was great and approachable and willing to help you with whatever you need. There’s pretty much a “no stupid questions” kind of feel at Goucher. It’s pretty nurturing. The teachers are awesome and pretty fair graders. The amount that participation counts in the classroom differs between class types - like for a language class, you have to participate more, but in lecture-heavy classes not as much. Also, participation doesn’t always mean speaking in class - for English classes, it can mean volunteering to have your stories or essays be shared in class. It just varies between teachers, as well as the lecture-style vs discussion-style classroom. I’m a Women’s Studies major and an English minor, so 90% of my classes are discussion style. I’d say most are at Goucher. It’s cool and they try to keep the pressure to a minimum so it’s not scary to raise your hand. And you can talk without raising your hand. Which I don’t do because I’m too shy. :D
3. I was mostly in the closet before going to Goucher, and I found an amazing support network at the school for my being queer. Through Prism (the queer student union), I’ve been able to frequently discuss and be open about gender and sexual minorities. Prism also hosts several queer speakers, musicians, and events each semester, as well as hosting Gaypril, an annual event in April full of queer events (which includes an annual drag ball). Last Gaypril, we had a ton of our flyers ripped down, which resulted in this. Also, classes and teachers are for the most part incredibly open about sexuality issues - there’s no need to feel ashamed to do a class presentation on queer issues, to write a paper about queer issues, or to write a nonfiction piece about your life about the first girl you fell in love with (which I just did and it was really scary but worth it). We definitely need to work on how trans* people are treated at Goucher, though. The accepting people are very quiet about it, which is how a lot of liberals are at Goucher - not very “activisty” and very laid back about things. I feel like this reflects the rest of the world outside Goucher, though - people constantly need educated on trans* issues more than they do about sexuality. It’s sad, and there’s work to be done, but we’re workin’. Homophobes and bigots are DEFINITELY, definitely the minority at Goucher.
4. I know a couple students who live off campus and there’s not much separation between them and the people on campus. If you go to classes and eat at the dining halls and go to events and whatnot, there’ll be no way you’ll be totally isolated. I assume it’d be a little harder than making friends on campus, but there’s no real separation.
5. Some of the things I dislike most about Goucher are: their SGA. SGA is full of students, year after year, who are already sneaky politicians in the making. Seriously, no BS. If you are in a club and you have to petition for club money or have to communicate with SGA in any way, do not expect much. Also, the way Goucher students are laid back - the laidbackness is a little too much sometimes, like they get a little too passive and apathetic about issues that need fighting for. Another thing I don’t like is the way trans* issues are treated on campus - ignored, basically. Those two coupled together are things I wish I would’ve known before coming here. And another thing is the way it’s pretty hard to get off campus sometimes. There’s a collegetown shuttle, but it only goes to very specific places, so a car or a friend with a car is necessary for fun offcampus times. And lastly, the expensiveness. Damn. Also, the lacrosse players have the lax bro reputation and it’s really really not flattering. They do some disgusting things along with other campus bros and most of the time I find myself wishing it was still an all women’s college like it used to be.
6. About the safe environment… I dunno. Honestly, it seemed for the most part pretty safe before what happened this semester. But sexual assault happens on campuses everywhere, and we have to remind ourselves that. I think overall it has the same safeness level it had before, it’s just that people are aware now that sexual assault does happen. It’s not the safest place in the world, but compared to other campuses and other places to be, I would consider it relatively safe. The President has been taking this issue pretty lightly, but the way students have come together in light of this incident has been really inspiring.
Hope this clears some stuff up :)
so we’re going to have a session about how to not post angrily on social networking sites about the accused
but not a session on how not to rape.
An act of GOD?
I’m so sorry I’m laughing so hard and also shaking my head so hard
Wait a second Samuel Johnson… You mean people have been canting since 1746?
Here is my official shout out to everyone in the Goucher tag who ever posted something negative.
I know exactly how you feel.
Pretty pretty campus
Imagine the jocks from high school.
Now imagine them shitting in all your toilets and never flushing….
and you’ve got my college hall.
On my eng 215 syllabus… Aight where’s the sword of gryffindor
Guys, I have finally gotten around to making geek themed necklaces available for purchase! Yaaaay, geekery for everyone! You can check it out here:
If you want, you should get one :)
filed under: my girlfriend makes things
7pm, Heubeck Multipurpose, Heubeck Hall.
i was walking to katie’s room just now when i saw a small creature sitting in the middle of the sidewalk before me.
it was a squirrel, holding an entire chocolate chip cookie and nomming on it.
you know. i would have agreed with you, but i’ll be damned if the people in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas weren’t some of the nicest G-D people on the planet.
Y’all obviously haven’t been to Goucher College.
Hiiii! I’m going to be on my boootiful friend Katie’s student radio show (Mustache Radio) at 10pm tonight! Cause we’re cool like that.
You can listen on iTunes (Goucher Student Radio) or right here: