By Daniel Timm ’14, FOR Macalester Now

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Japanese, Asian Studies

When I started looking at colleges, my parents decided Maine and Florida were my two borders, and the furthest west was Pittsburgh. So how did I get to Minnesota?

“When choosing a college, go by what you want from a school. I did, and I couldn’t be happier!”

I wanted to live with students from around the globe, have smaller classes whose teachers were approachable, find opportunities to get involved both on and off campus. That’s what I told my college counselor.

Immediately she recommended Macalester in Minnesota. I laughed, telling her about “the borders.” Later that night, I went to the website and surfed around for a bit—it was exactly what I was looking for. A week later I was boarding a plane to St. Paul.

When I got to campus, I instantly noticed the international feel and the friendliness. My interview went well and I enjoyed my tour. I sat in on a class and was asked to participate in the discussion! I never felt so welcome.

There were signs and posters everywhere for interesting events and groups.

Without second-guessing myself, I applied early decision. I got into Macalester on the first day of my high school’s winter break and what a gift it was. Macalester is everything I thought it would be and more. I am involved in a few groups including the orchestra. My average class this semester has 17 students. On my dorm floor there are people from China, Macedonia, Norway, and scattered parts of the United States.

When choosing a college, go by what you want from a school. I did, and I couldn’t be happier!

January 31 2012

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