24 Signs You Went to a Small Liberal Arts College

Published April 30, 2013 on msnNOW.com

Tuition: expensive. Class sizes: smaller than kindergarten. The number of times you got drunk and stayed up all night talking about the assigned philosophy reading with your hall mates: significant. When you enrolled for four years at a private liberal arts college, you thought you knew what you were getting into. But really, nobody can prepare you for the level of creepiness you feel when you know a frightening amount of personal information about someone you’ve never met but see everyday in the library, the dining hall, the quad, the hallway and the bathroom because your school is so freaking small.

1. You attended protests where everyone agreed. 31C9CDBA041D2577E623A9723AB9F_h316_w628_m5_cWNugPtLa

2. You could immediately tell when somebody on campus didn’t go to your school.


3. The wealthier your friends were, the worse they looked. 4090ADE4605FA24E776C357666B6_h316_w628_m5_cwlBubyoT

4. You still brag to your friends that you smoked pot with a professor this one time.


5. You didn’t sell back all your books because they looked so good on your bookshelf. 1C0E7E0F5AFC54720B722685FEF3_h316_w628_m5_cPtXjaovj

6. You don’t have any of the skills listed on a job application, but you can write one hell of a cover letter.               DEE6C41CB36C486E69409D875DB8

7. One of your application essays was on diversity. B6BF8410C7D0D2245DE18D5C3E30_h316_w628_m5_cvDkcEoey

8. The most common crime on campus was grand theft bike. 1BF292321976077253729C55CA848_h316_w628_m5_cKapHJEDQ

9. You often complained that the local Goodwill was always sold out of flannel. A5FA02C87411D9A3406DDC69C59_h316_w628_m5_cysdHGKiM

10. You had to attend a “symposium” anytime anybody did anything sort of racist. 0F310CE5841546864556F38C47F6_h316_w628_m5_ckpYRFZxS

11. You played Quidditch. F7E92D8A16BF8AC6AAAD3E2796E677_h316_w628_m5_cFOlYJWgC

12. You asked your professors about practical skills. They ignored you. 9A5195CE69CC1FCB18554F72BCD81_h316_w628_m5_cGPPwAwYJ

13. Your dining hall rocked. F740A8FE1267F3C311D2AE787176_h316_w628_m5_clBymCFWF

14. You really, really like Bon Iver. 13F390598F99492AFEF7297D5EDC6E_h316_w628_m5_cqdkbNwQL

15. You’ve suffered a Frisbee to the head. B19E9DB43361DF2EA6E060C99FD045_h316_w628_m5_cCYWERDWa

16. Your parents repeatedly asked you how your degree choice would land you a job.


17. In the real world, you recognize anybody from your school in an instant, even if you don’t know their name.               5F9AE2D38E55483BF4CB1D1C281E6

18. You had to read selections of Edward Said’s “Orientalism” for every class. E6347F6B3279C3693FB17973DF9EEC_h316_w628_m5_cpKxbqIJm

19. You’re not used to having to pay for condoms. 2F5E7CEAAE4F2DA0543C6BEBDC7B5_h316_w628_m5_cRJNMgHfn

20. You love Wes Anderson movies. 631BD44544F91F85E7C83CD611C

21. You’ve been hit on by a guy who looks like this. 4D86578985479E8A1BDA2B269EEA3

22. You are unemployed.          518538F5B636DF7F7D47D6A9B2FE90

23. But you got a Fulbright! D4E82B81D4C78B190BE1CD2B8ACE5

24. You spent four years in a community of made up of some of the most creative, intelligent, and amazing people you’ll ever meet. 7DC09749EC6E3AA6D9717ED3ADEA_h316_w628_m5_cRRQPNWgp