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Claremont McKenna College

Name: Linden Schult
College: Claremont McKenna College
Major: International Relations

1. What first drew you to Claremont McKenna?

When I started researching colleges, I was interested in a small-to-medium-sized school (I wanted to have smaller class sizes) and a warmer-weather environment (I didn’t want to have to trudge through snow to get to class). Claremont McKenna was the right size – a smaller school with the benefits of the larger Claremont Colleges Consortium – and had beautiful weather.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

The other school I seriously considered was the University of Virginia, but I also looked at Johns Hopkins, Occidental, Pomona, Stanford, University of Oklahoma, and many more… a wide variety of schools!

3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

Academically, the adjustment was pretty easy. I enjoyed having 2-4 classes a day rather than 7, like in high school. I also loved signing up for classes that were interesting to me and fit with my major, rather than taking a set program of classes like in high school. Socially, it was strange at first to meet so many people at once. I had gone to school with the same people for years and years, and then I arrived at CMC and did not know a single person. That quickly changed, however; as soon as I arrived, I started meeting people right away! Since everyone was new, it made it all quite easy. I also went on a Wilderness Orientation Adventure in Big Sur, with a group of 9 freshmen and 3 senior leaders. It was a great opportunity to get to know a few students really well before diving into the bigger group during on-campus orientation.

4. What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was Politics and the Military in Latin America taught by Professor Camp. It was absolutely fascinating and I loved it.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

My favorite activity was my year as the Resident Assistant for Wohlford, one of the North Quad dorms. I also taught a First Aid Class for American Red Cross Certification, was a member and Co-President of the Women’s Forum, was a Community Service Representative for my dorm, and played on the Claremont Serpents Field Hockey team, among other things! As this list shows, it is easy to get involved in a variety of activities.

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

Claremont McKenna is a wonderful school and I highly recommend it. With the small class sizes, it’s easy to get to know your peers and your professors (professors will even invite classes over to their homes). The campus is beautiful, and that combined with the wonderful Southern California weather leads to lots of fun outdoor time!

7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

Everything!

Linden Schult is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.