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So why did I choose Middlebury College? I came to that decision because of the students and the campus environment. I attended Preview Days before making my decision, and there was actually an event called the MothUP that was happening on campus, which is an event that happens throughout the year here at Middlebury, and it’s a storytelling event that gave students the opportunity to tell whatever story that they wanted, for 10 minutes. And listening to those students being extremely vulnerable, sharing hilarious stories or really emotional and personal stories, I realized that that was something I wanted to be a part of, I wanted to be a part of a very tight-knit community, one that was very open with each other. And I wanted to be able to look across campus and recognize most people and have really close bonds with those students, and I got the vibe immediately.
I chose Middlebury because when I was applying for colleges, I had a wide range of interests, as far as potential majors went. I knew that I was at least partially interested in neuroscience, which did end up being my major, but I also didn’t want to have to sacrifice my interest in graphic arts, animation, anthropology, or religion, just because I wanted to do a neuroscience or STEM-type major. Something that I really admired about Middlebury was the fact that I could still have that breadth of study, without sacrificing any depth within any of those individual fields, I’m still in upper-level art classes, even now in my senior year, while working on my neuroscience thesis project. The ability to not only be able to balance those sorts of different fields, but also be encouraged to do so, is something that I really enjoyed about Middlebury as an institution.
I chose Middlebury because it felt like a home. A really big one, but really a home. Where students are basically just like your friends and your family and also you have staff that is super supportive and it’s always there for you, and people there are so interesting that you never feel like you can get to know them fully, and that’s the exciting part, like you just have so much opportunity to really grow, and discover yourself, and it genuinely really gives opportunities for anything that you’re interested in, and you can just dive in and discover things that you never thought you would actually end up being interested in.
I chose Midd for the environment it provided me. Every day I am surrounded by inspiring peers who are self driven, and professors who try their best to cater their teachings to meet the needs of each student. But the biggest reason I decided to attend Midd is from the very first time I stepped foot on campus to now, as a soon to be graduating senior, I have always, and probably will always, view Midd as a meditative space. Not only have I flourished academically, but also mentally. This beautiful campus gave me the space and the opportunity to turn inward and self reflect about who I am as an individual, and what I hope to contribute to myself and to society as I graduate.
When I was choosing between colleges, there were two main factors that really drew me toward Middlebury, the first was that I really wanted professors that cared about getting to know their students. I’ve definitely found that in my time at Middlebury. One example is that I work in the behavioral genetics lab here on campus, and I’ve done that since my first semester, even before I had any of the relevant course work. Because one of the professors over in the Neuroscience Department sat down with me during the academic forum, when I first moved on to campus, and just wanted to take a leap of faith with me, and really mentor me through the entire process. And that’s been one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done. The second thing I really wanted in a colleges is I wanted a student body that was very cooperative, and wanted to help each other rather than compete with each other. I’ve definitely found that in my time here as well. One example for that is that I spent my last summer here on campus doing again research in my research lab, but also studying for the MCAT for my medical school applications. And there were about six or seven of us that stayed on campus together, and we pooled notes, we supported each other, we asked each other questions, and anytime one of us was feeling down we would pick each other up, and that’s I think a really big reason why we not only did well but also had a great time doing it.
So to start off, I knew having a close-knit relationship with my fellow student body, with professors and faculty members was very important to me, so I knew going to a liberal arts college was certainly a priority, and I think Middlebury has a really strong science program. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, our awesome science building, my favorite building on campus, and our neuroscience program here, not only includes courses in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology Departments, but also within the Philosophy Department, so I really love the holistic approach to education here at Midd, and I love that it encourages students to go outside of their comfort zone, try something new, and to have the ability to dabble in various academic departments here is something I’ve really loved, especially as a premed student and as a science major.
So to start off, we are a mid-sized school with a total of about 2,500 students, and I think that’s the perfect size to be able to feel that close, tight-knit sense of community right here on campus but still know that you can meet new people in your various classes and dining halls and your extracurriculars throughout your entire four years, and I love telling people that I made friends my senior year that I didn’t even know existed during my four years here at Midd, so it’s certainly possible to meet new people throughout your entire journey here at Middlebury College. And I also want to touch upon being in Vermont. I think it’s a really special place to root the values and the ideals of what it means to be a Middlebury College student, and when I first drove through Vermont I remember, you know, just being blown away by how gorgeous the state was. The really beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and I think being surrounded by such a beautiful environment really encourages a love for the environment by our student body, and certainly an awareness where we want to be able to take care of it. And so in the year 2016, Middlebury College announced that it had achieved carbon neutrality, which means that we cut our carbon emissions by 40 percent, and that’s something that our student body is still actively working towards. The renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, who’s also a professor here at Midd, started 350.org with a group of Middlebury students, and the president of our college has recently pledged that by the year 2028, we will be a school where there are absolutely no fossil fuels here on campus, so there will be 100 percent clean, renewable energy resources that are being used here, which is really exciting, and so I think that speaks to the way that, you know, Middlebury students are actively looking for ways to collaborate with one another, with faculty members, and with our community in order to improve not just our Middlebury campus, but also the world at large.
I think there’s a lot of richness and learning that comes from living with somebody in a small space for an entire year, really. For example, my roommate was from China. There was a lot of cultures and traditions, and foods, that I was exposed to, that I feel like maybe otherwise I wouldn’t have, had I not been in that living situation with him. I just do want to mention that there’s a lot of support in case anything does go wrong, which is probably gonna be very rare, whether that be your first-year counselors, or your RAs, or even your deans. There’s a lot of people put in place, in case something does go wrong. So this was my first year here dorming at Middlebury. And I’m just very excited for all the options that come next year, whether that be social houses, substance-free living, or quiet-zone areas. I’m just really looking forward to just building more connections and learning from more people throughout my daily routines really.
So how inclusive is the Middlebury community? And in my opinion, Middlebury not only does a phenomenal job of representing students from all different backgrounds and cultures, but making sure those students feel included within the student body. And this is the case because Middlebury has a lot of phenomenal resources available to students from underrepresented communities. One of those resources we have is the Anderson Freeman Resource Center which is a space on campus for students from underrepresented communities to exist and share their experiences amongst each other, amongst students from similar backgrounds, as well as offering different workshops and resources throughout the year. Additionally, we have a social house on campus that highlights the diversity of our student body by putting on events throughout the year, basically every week. And finally, we have a program called First @ Midd, which offers first-generation students the opportunity to come to campus a week early and listen to the experiences of past students and share their own experiences and hopes for the next four years. And so, it really has just been such a privilege to be among such a diverse student body at Middlebury College.
We have a very vast sporting community at Midd, so we’re host to 31 different NCAA Division III teams, and we’re actually host to 35 NCAA National Championships, which is pretty impressive, if you ask me. But there are a whole wealth of other sports to get involved in as well. So we have a really broad intramural sports scene, but we also have a really broad club sports scene as well. So for example, we have a club rugby team, and also a club crew team, which are both really competitive. For example, club crew competed at the Head of the Charles in the fall, which is one of the most world renowned races in the entire world, and our club team participated in that race. But there really are so many different things to get involved in, and the community atmosphere of sport at Middlebury is really vibrant. There’s so much to get involved in and watch. I remember one of my memories, I’m on the varsity women’s tennis team, and I was serving out for the match, and I looked up to the hill, and my whole first-year hall was there cheering me on. And that really is the atmosphere that we have at Middlebury. We’re part of the New England Small Colleges Conference, so the NESCAC, as well. So yeah, I hope that gave you a little more information on the sport here.
The arts are basically woven into everything we do as students, but also we have a lot of buildings that really show Middlebury’s commitment to art and having spaces for students to really express, and to really dive into the arts as they would want to and have that opportunity. So we have the MAC, which is the Middlebury Arts Center where there’s performing arts events every single week. And then we have different people that are invited onto campus and just like, perform different types of art. But also you can go to the museum there, or you can go to the Zoo, and then there are a lot of plays there, and students doing their own thesis, for example their art thesis. And then we have the Wright Memorial Theatre, where there is another space for theater, and students are constantly coming up with their own spaces and their own ways of really expressing themselves and finding ways to share their art and their love for art, and that’s definitely one of my favorite things, but if you also want to commit to it, you can also major in architecture, or studio art, or minor in them. Or if you’re just curious like me and you wanna take classes in those departments just out of curiosity, they are great spaces, and very welcoming and definitely the arts are very, very much something that is part of our school spirit and very much a part of what we’re surrounded by at Middlebury.
It’s kind of hard to pick a favorite spot on campus. We’re a pretty tight-knit community, but our campus is really spread out, so there’s a lot of great space between our buildings. You can really see some beautiful mountain views from walking around the campus. Some pretty popular cool spots on campus include the greenhouse and Bi Hall, which is our science building. There’s a greenhouse up on the fifth floor or so where students will go and do work. Labs happen there, but people like to hang out there and take in the sun along with the plants. Another really cool one is the observatory which is on the roof of Bi Hall. They hold open observatory nights a couple times every semester usually where you can go up and look at the stars through our 24-inch telescope, and people who work up there will help show you what you’re looking at so you can see some pretty cool stuff in the sky up there. I used to go up there a lot when I was on campus last summer. Some other favorite ones of mine include the Knoll, which is where our organic garden is. I think it’s the best place to watch the sunset. As well as Atwater Dining Hall, which is my favorite dining hall on campus where I’ll go and sit for hours in the morning, do some work, get breakfast, get lunch, and also in Axinn, our humanities center. There’s a waterfall on a stone wall and I really like to sit along the windows and look out on the quad and listen to the waterfall while I’m doing my homework.
In terms of food options on campus, we have three dining halls that students who live on campus are able to go in and out of as many times as they’d like during operating hours. We also have a few retail options for food. We have the Grille, Crossroads Café, and MiddXpress, which are all in our student center. And we also have Wilson Café, which is in our library, so you don’t have to go too far if you find yourself getting hungry for something to eat, like a bagel or a coffee while you are studying or working in the library, which is great. We also spend about a third of all of our budget for food on local food produced here in the state of Vermont, and even within Addison County. So pretty much all of our dairy, a lot of our meat, come from our neighbors just down the road. And we’re also able to eat some of the food that we grow right here on campus at our organic farm.
The College provides a lot of resources for us to make the most of our time at Middlebury. I’m a really active member of the club tennis team, as an example. There’s a couple dozen members, but it only became a College-recognized organization about two years ago. But since then the College has given us a lot of funding for ice cream socials, doubles tournaments all over campus, students-versus-faculty events, a lot of really fun activities. I also really love attending a lot of student performances all over campus. I also have a lot of friends in a cappella groups. I also really love attending the Middlebury Discount Comedy group shows, which is the College’s comedy sketch group. But one of my favorite things to do on campus is to attend a lot of the traditions that we have, including one that just passed in February, the Winter Carnival. During one of the ski races during the Winter Carnival, hundreds of Middlebury students climb up the Middlebury Snow Bowl, watch the ski races, and then slide down just in boots and shoes to the base lodge where there’s hot chocolate and chili waiting.
The Undergraduate Research Office at Middlebury is a great resource for students seeking funding to support semesterlong independent projects, yearlong senior thesis research, or any other projects that they’re conducting with their advisors. Students are eligible for support in the order of a few hundred to more than a thousand dollars that they can use to cover their research expenses. Separate funding’s also available to allow students to travel to professional conferences to present the results of their research. My own research students have used funding from the Undergraduate Research Office to travel with me and present the results of their projects at conferences throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Italy, and other locations around the world. A highlight of the spring semester each year at Middlebury each year is an event called the Spring Student Symposium. This is a showcase that allows students to present the results of their independent work in disciplines ranging from the humanities and the arts all the way through to the hard sciences. Classes are canceled for the day, which allows students, faculty, and staff the flexibility to attend these presentations. These take the form of talks and posters, dance recitals, concerts, and really every form of creative expression imaginable. This is a great event that everyone here at Middlebury looks forward to each spring semester.
I think Middlebury professors are extremely accessible to students. We come to a place like Middlebury because we want to have those interactions with students, whether it’s in the classroom or getting to know you better outside of academics, or providing mentorship for both your career at Middlebury and beyond. Those are the type of interactions that we love. And so we try to provide lots of opportunities for you to have those types of interactions with us. So obviously, in the classroom, that’s one way that we interact with you. But we also have office hours, which are just times every week where students can drop in and talk to us about anything that they want, whether it’s questions that they have about material from class or anything else that they wanna talk about. And most professors have way more office hours than the minimum required, because we just wanna give all of our students opportunities to come. You know, I schedule my office hours based on when students are available to make sure that they can all come and talk to me. And I give students extra credit for class if they come. ’Cause I just want an incentive for students as much as possible to come and have those interactions with me. Lots of professors also have interactions with students outside of class. So like, in the Computer Science Department, we have a barbecue every summer for students who are doing research with us on campus. And I’ve had lots of coffees and lunches with students to just talk about what’s going on in their lives and what they’re thinking about in terms of summer internships, or what classes to take next semester, or whatever they wanna talk about.
During winter term, or J-term, you’ll be taking one full-credit course over four weeks. And it’s the only class you’ll be taking over the month of January. And it’s a chance to take a deep dive into a topic over the month. I’ve been teaching a course on Asian American food studies that is also a writing course. We study how Asian American communities have been defined by food and how Asian Americans define themselves through food. We read and write different genres of food-related writing, including memoirs, restaurant reviews, recipes, and cookbook reviews. We also do a lot of eating and a little bit of cooking. At the end of the class, we get together at an on-campus faculty member’s house, and we have a feast with various foods prepared by the members of the class. It’s a great chance to learn about a complex topic in an interactive way and as a group. And I think that’s what the best J-term classes do, they create a sense of community and a sense of learning as a shared experience.
At Middlebury, you’ll find yourself in all kinds of different classroom scenarios. For example, in my introductory human geography course, Place in Society, we meet as a full class of 25 to 30 students, three times a week, but we also break the class up into two smaller lab sections. One of the fun things we do in those lab sections is students design a field trip that they take their classmates on at the end of the semester. What the goal is, is to take the classmates to places in the community that are manifestations of the things we’ve been studying about in class. This past fall, those stops included a visit to Monument Farms, a local dairy, the dairy that provides all the milk to the College’s dining halls, and to the Open Door Clinic, a healthcare clinic that provides free health care for those without health insurance. One of the largest groups that uses the Open Door Clinic are the Latinx farm workers that work on the local dairies. So, as diverse as our curriculum is, so too are the different kinds of classes you’ll find yourself in, here at Middlebury.
Does everyone do a senior thesis? No, not everybody. People that wanna get honors in a major or a program usually do a senior thesis, but it’s not for everybody. In anthropology, we have people either do a one-semester project or a two-semester project. It allows them to focus. It allows them to work closely with one professor. It often launches them into a particular grad school or career specialization. The projects I’ve been working on this year with students were first, a project about how Vermont farmers are preparing for climate change, second is also a climate change project about the ways that there are particular cultural narratives of climate futures getting expressed in current speculative fiction, and the third is an examination of how mythology is a mechanism for creating a sense of place in different cultural contexts. Overall, I think a senior thesis is a great project because it really gives a student a chance to stretch themselves out and figure out what’s really significant to them.
A first-year seminar is a course, every first-year takes it. It’s a course designed to get you involved in the liberal arts education and what the liberal arts actually looks like. A lot of these courses are unique and are something that professors are interested in but don’t often teach. For instance, I teach a course called the Language of Conspiracy Theories, which is a fun course where we study why do conspiracy theories exist, where do they exist in the 21st century, and why do they keep popping up. Those are the types of courses that you’ll be taking with your first-year seminar. They’re a great way for you to engage with peers in your new class. Your first-year seminar professor is also your advisor. So it’s a great way to get you involved with your first-year experience here at Middlebury and to get you set up for the rest of your academic career. Next I wanna talk to just quickly about choosing a major. This is my third year at the College, and I can say that I’ve been surprised how many students show up, they have a major in mind. They know what they want to do in life. And then after a semester, maybe a year, they’ve completely changed their mind. They’ll go from something that, oh, they were all about science, and now they wanna do something a little liberal arts. Or vice versa. So to find a major, we really suggest taking a broad array of classes. Really exploring the possibilities of what interests you. And you’ll be surprised by what you might want to major in. It’s okay if you have a major already in mind when you get here, and maybe that stays your major. Maybe the major changes. Or maybe you don’t have a major in mind, and that’s great as well. The great thing is you’ll focus on taking different sorts of courses and working with your professor to find the best major for you.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to this institution and to give you a little clue about what your academic advising might look like. The way that liberal arts means making sense of the human experience, please also remember that your advisor, your first year-seminar advisor, then subsequently your academic advisor, are here to help you make sense of your college experience, your entry into being a scholar, and ultimately a purposeful person in the world. So, in your third semester, you will declare your major. But prior to that, your first-year seminar instructor will serve as your academic advisor. He or she will tell you how to expand your vision of not only the academic experience, but yourself. They may nudge you to take courses in something that might make you feel a little uncomfortable, or they may point you in the direction of something that may expand your horizons. And then in your third semester, once you declare your major, you’ll have an academic advisor who’ll help you hone in on the question that will ultimately propel you to a new understanding and a purposeful life in the world.
Midd students do research with faculty all the time. And I will draw on some of my own research projects to give you a sense of what that looks like. I’m an applied microeconomist. You can think data and statistics. My work seeks to identify and measure the causal effects of reproductive policies on people’s lives. And over the years, I’ve hired many RAs to work on research projects with me. My RAs have ranged from freshman to seniors. Some of them have been undeclared in major. Others have been majoring in computer science, math, geography, environmental studies, history, and not surprisingly, my own field, economics. My RAs work in visualizations, have appeared in scholarly journals. They’ve appeared in national media outlets like the New York Times. They’ve even appeared in federal courtrooms. This year, I’ve had three RAs working with me on a project that is in partnership with a national nonprofit organization. We’re all working together to rapidly update a database of reproductive healthcare providers so that we can see how changes in Title X funding that took effect this summer are affecting reproductive healthcare access. This summer, I have an RA lined up to work with me here in Middlebury on campus, fingers crossed. But definitely gonna work with me on a project to update another database of abortion facilities so that we can visualize the changing landscape of abortion access. Now, not surprisingly, my RAs have been incredibly helpful to me in my own research. It’s also, I hope and think, a valuable experience for them. They’re getting a chance to deeply learn and demonstrate their expertise with a methodological toolkit that’s really valuable in grad school and in demand among a lot of employers. But really perhaps even more importantly, there’s something magical about getting to deeply engage a research project and see what it takes to push the boundaries of knowledge forward. It can be really difficult and painstaking and messy and frustrating and exciting. And ultimately, in being part of that process, students transition from just being recipients of wisdom to actually creating new knowledge and being more rigorous and critical thinkers who ask questions about why it is that we know what we think we know. I think it makes them more skeptical without crossing that dangerous border into cynicism. So wherever your own passions lie, I would strongly encourage you, if you’re a Midd Kid, to look for opportunities to engage in research with faculty. Those opportunities are not difficult to find.
Hi, my name’s Alex Draper. I am the chair of the Theatre Department here at Middlebury. And I’ve been asked to make a short film about where on campus experiential learning takes place. And one of the places is right here in Seeler Studio Theatre where we rehearse, and produce, and present plays. And all of the productions we do in the Theatre Department count as classes. So the students are taking them as an official course. And their time put into rehearsal is recognized as such. And in addition to that, all of the classes that we teach have a practical experiential component. So that everything you’re studying, you’re actually putting into practice in some way. If you’re a costume designer, you are designing, drawing, producing costumes. Same thing, set design, playwriting, acting, directing. All that is applied to work that is actually up on its feet and presented in class or to an audience. In addition to that, the department’s very lucky that we have in the outside-of-the-classroom part of experiential learning, we have a professional theater company, PTP/NYC, that’s been in existence for 34 years now, where we take a company of actors made up of half Middlebury College students and half equity actors. We rehearse up here in New York for three weeks, and we take two shows to New York City and run them in rep for five weeks during the summer. And through that process, students get to take all of the things they’re learning in our classrooms here and apply them to very real-world situations as a small theater company producing work in front of live audiences and reviewers in New York City. So I’m sure there are many more examples across campus of great ways in which experiential learning takes place here, but that’s just a few of the examples from here in the Theatre Department.
Our liberal arts curriculum will prepare you to become successful wherever your paths may lead you after graduation. You may continue your education in master’s and PhD programs or in professions such as law and medicine. You may also pursue careers in established and emerging fields, applying your knowledge of and skills in the arts, humanities, sciences, and languages. Last, but not least, when you graduate from the College, you become a part of a larger, supportive network of alumni.
My favorite thing about teaching at Middlebury is working one-on-one with students on projects. And in my department, we do everything from short videos that students write and direct to documentaries, to video essays, to screenplays, television pilots, critical essays, podcasts. And working with students on these projects is always really exciting because they come in with ideas that they’re passionate about, and I’m able to talk with them about what most interests them and help them develop an approach that is original and fits with their ideas. And usually, that project will develop and really will change over time in ways that neither of us could expect. And it’s always so gratifying to see what comes out and how much students learn along the way, and then a final product that is usually ready to share to the community.
These range across the academic disciplines and include spaces that support film and media production, dance and theater and music spaces, the special collections in our libraries, the art museum, as well as the Johnson Art and Architecture studios and the Makerspace. As a biologist I’m most familiar with our science facilities, which are mostly housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. These include the observatory and our greenhouse as well as several other teaching and research laboratories. So in my laboratory we have access to microscopy facilities as well as a wide range of molecular biological equipment and spaces. And then also, hip waders and other field equipment that we use to sample lakes around Vermont. All of these facilities really support our student efforts in diverse academic pursuits and will be available to you once you arrive on campus.
So at Middlebury, the average class size is around 18 students, so a lot of classes that you take will be a lot smaller than that. I actually had a one-person class at Middlebury, I’ve a had three-person class at Middlebury, and those will stay open with professors. But if you’re in a larger class, it’ll split up into discussion sections or lab sections, since all of our classes are taught entirely by professors, not teaching assistants or anyone similar. You get to see that professor in maybe a bigger environment and also a smaller environment. So obviously I’m really close with the professors that I had a one-person class with or a three-person class with, but I also got really close with professors of larger classes. So one of my favorite professors at Midd, Professor Febe Armanios in the History Department, I have three classes with her, and every single one has been pretty large by Middlebury standards, probably around 30 students each. But because of splitting up into discussion sections, going to see her at office hours, just talking to her when I see her around, she’s become one of my best friends at Middlebury College and writes all my recommendation letters for my jobs going out of senior year. So it’s one of the people that I’m actually saddest to say goodbye to, and we never actually had super small classes together. So definitely you’ll get to know your professors no matter what, whether you’re into larger classes or smaller classes or whatever department you may be studying in.
The Innovation Hub is one of our experiential learning centers on campus where you can engage in all sorts of projects, propose your own, and also apply for various funding and mentorship programs where you can learn what exactly it is you want to do in the larger world outside of Middlebury. They also help organize lots of events on campus, like our Oratory Now programs, which help you learn how to have better public speaking skills, as well as various fun activities throughout the year, whether that be talks, our yearly scavenger hunt, called the Hunt, or various other events throughout the year that are constantly changing because students are the ones who get to help propose what exactly happens.
So at Middlebury, we have a super interesting calendar system. So, we have a 4-1-4 calendar system, which means we have four classes in the fall, four classes in the spring, and then during our winter term, or our January term, or J-term, we only take one class. And this is a really great time to take classes in things that you might not take during the general semester. And I’ve taken everything from a super intense, eight-hour-day EMT workshop to a super interesting Global Health class that only met two hours a day, four days a week. And so this is a really great time to explore things you might not be able to explore when you’re taking classes for your major or minor or your distribution requirements and things like that. And then outside of that opportunity to take a class in something that you’re interested in and focus on it for just four weeks. We also have a super fun array of workshops that are held throughout the J-term. And so, if you’re not skiing or snowboarding at the Snow Bowl, you can definitely take workshops. So, I took the hula-hooping workshop during my J-term. There’s also a parkour class that was held this past year. There’s language classes, some dance classes, and things like that. So, a super diverse array of awesome workshops that students are able to take by either visiting professors or even students.
Something that I’ve loved doing at Middlebury is taking, trying out classes that are completely different from my major. Some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken at Mid have been within my neuroscience major, but some of them have been on things completely separate and completely different. For example, like History of Pakistan, or YouTube History and Culture. Professors here are really encouraging of you to try out new things and try out different classes, and they love to share their academic passions with students. Our most popular majors at Middlebury are economics, computer science, political science, and neuroscience. And advisors here can be a great source of inspiration and guidance throughout your four years at Middlebury, both for your major and to explore different academic passions.
Middlebury is one of, if not the best places to go if you don’t know what you want to do postgraduation. I came to Middlebury expecting to be an economics major that was going to work in finance or go to consulting, and now I’m graduating and I’ll be working at a law firm postgraduation, not even as a lawyer, right? I have to go to law school for that. I’ll be working as a paralegal or a litigation assistant. And I recognize that if I’m there for a year or two years, I’m not tied down to that because my education here has prepared me for so many different fields. You can look at the average number of job changes that the individual has in their lifetime. People don’t stick to one area, and I think that Middlebury really recognizes that and makes sure that you are well equipped for that. We have strong emphasis on writing and reading, as well as the spoken word, right, as presentations. And these are all skill sets that are super important when you get into the working world. And so Middlebury recognizes that, and we have so many opportunities on campus to help you explore what future opportunities may look like.
If you’re concerned about being able to afford Middlebury, be assured that we meet 100 percent of your family’s demonstrated financial need. Our financial aid advisors are awesome and willing to work with you and your family to make sure Middlebury can be affordable.
The Center for Career and Internships, or CCI, as it’s known on campus, is an immensely helpful resource for undergraduates and postgrads in the Middlebury community. They have an office that is fully staffed with numerous career advisors. Everything from premed to prelaw, prebusiness tracks, and they also run a really nice alumni network connecting Middlebury undergraduates with a really passionate and engaged alumni community. Personally, I’ve utilized them in helping with résumé review and cover letter workshops which they run, it seems like every week, both with undergraduate student workers who are generally seniors and then also their professional staff. The other really great resource that the CCI has is over $800,000 in grant money to help fund your unpaid or underfunded summer internship. So last summer, I found an unpaid internship working for my congresswoman on Capitol Hill, and the CCI gave me $3,000 to help cover housing and food costs to help make this a possibility. This is something that I have utilized and almost all of my friends have utilized something similar in the CCI as well. They also do a really great job, in addition to summer internships, during our J-term you can choose to take the four weeks and find an internship for that as well. They do a really great job helping place students in those internships, too.
To You. Vermont. The World. Middlebury.
Emma Willard House
131 South Main Street