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Why I Chose K

Record scratch. Freeze frame. Yup, it’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up
in this situation. No, seriously, as a prospective college student, you are probably experiencing
one of two things: either you have known since birth exactly what college you are going to
attend, or more likely, you are feeling slightly confused about which school you are going to end
up at. Don’t worry, almost every other college student that has come before you has felt this
way at one time or another, including me.

During my senior year of high school, I applied to around ten different schools, most of
them a lot farther away from my home than Kalamazoo College. I was considering large
universities like the University of Michigan and smaller art schools like the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago and Savannah College of Art and Design. My college search was quite
literally all over the map: ranging from the West Coast to the East Coast and to several places in
between. There were pros and cons to each school, but as it got closer to that quickly
approaching May 1st date when you have to put a deposit down, I realized maybe my best
option was closer to home than I had originally thought.

My aunt, a K College alum, had always told me that I would love a lot of things about K:
the small class sizes, the relationships you form with your classmates and professors, the open
curriculum, the social justice lens, and the beautiful campus. When I attended a Visit the Zoo
event, sat in on an art history class, met professors, and toured campus and then when I came
to watch my aunt present her Psychology Senior Individualized Project, I was beginning to
understand what she meant. My visit to the Zoo equipped me with all of the official knowledge
about K College, like how accessible study abroad opportunities are, how lecture and
discussion-based classes operate, and what it’s like to have a six week winter break and move
through the year in quarters.

Watching my aunt give her SIP presentation, I was able to actually see all of that stuff
you hear about during tours and admissions programming in action. The support of the
professors to the seniors presenting, and of their classmates who came to learn about their
research, was obvious and the wide breadth of topics covered in a single department of projects
was incredible. Through this, I could envision what the culmination of all my own future hard
work could look like at Kalamazoo College.

That experience, coupled with a generous scholarship package, sealed the deal and I
decided that same day that K College was the place for me. Although I was originally skeptical
about the small size and proximity to where I grew up, both have worked to my advantage
because the student body size has made it easier for me to make friends and connections, and
I’ve been able to take my laundry home when I run out of money on my laundry card. So if you
are in the midst of the confusion of college decisions, take a minute to come walk around
campus, or if you can’t make it here in person, check out our social media, @kzooadmission on
Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat and Kalamazoo College’s page on Facebook to see what it’s
all about.

-Emiliana Renuart ’20