Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr College


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Amy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college finding quizzes struck me as unhelpful, but one college kept popping up. I begrudingly travelled to tour it, bu...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college finding quizzes struck me as unhelpful, but one college kept popping up. I begrudingly travelled to tour it, but as soon as I set foot on campus, I knew I was home. It is difficult to narrow down your choices and figure out what you want, when you have never experienced college before. The important thing is to keep an open mind. Once you come up with a list, visiting the campus is the most important thing. Ask yourself if you can really picture living there for four years, and answer honestly. No one ever said they wished they had studied more in college. Having fun and developing solid friendships is key in your first year. It will get you through the next three (or four). That does not mean, however, that you should ignore your work. You are there to learn and when you find something you love to study, it will fulfill you in ways you did not think were possible.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

too much homework. there was no way to do it all. we didn't compete over grades (which was wonderful) so we competed over how much work we had to do instead

What kind of person should not attend this school?

conservatives, sorority women, people who don't do homework, those who can't bullshit some of the time (but not all of the time!), highly fashion concious individuals,

Jessica
What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who appreciates hard work, even when it's not assigned, someone who wants to teach their peers and be instructed by t...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who appreciates hard work, even when it's not assigned, someone who wants to teach their peers and be instructed by them, someone who is dedicated to what they believe in but willing to hear another point of view, and finally someone who won't be bothered by the fact that there are very few dating opportunities if said person is straight.

What's unique about your campus?

Our traditions and our community focused upon academic rigor; both give a sense of shared experience among the students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing to remember about college, to really get the most out of those tuition dollars, is that you are there for the betterment of yourself. For probably the first time in your life, it's completely up to you what you do with your time. The Internet, friends, alcohol, and drama are all great forms of procrastination, but you really don't need to shell out more than a few thousand dollars a semester to find those diversions. Learning, too, can occur outside the classroom, but the kind of learning that goes on in the hallowed halls of higher education isn't readily inferred from life experience; hence the academic sphere. So be sure you're where you want to be, and if you're not, remember that this is also this first time in your life you can actually change how your education progresses. Investigate shared courses, participate in campus extracurriculars, change the community around you for the better. Being about yourself also means considering the environment around you. College is about making yourself and making your community what you want them to be.

Christine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for being really liberal.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for being really liberal.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going to a liberal arts college is a great experience, but it's not for everyone. When you're in high school, job prospects are far from your mind, but once you are finished you will wish you had gone somewhere that had a better job placement program.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are conservative should not attend.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a school where you will get a good education. I can't tell you how much I value the education I got at Bryn Mawr now that I'm in graduate school. I learned so much about research, writing, and thinking critically and it has put me far above my peers. No matter where you go, you will make great friends and you will enjoy the campus activities you choose to participate in. But you can't get a good education where you get to know your professors personally, engage in the research process, and think critically in every class just anywhere. I loved Bryn Mawr for many reasons, but sports, clubs, friends, and social activities were things I would have enjoyed at any college. So find a college where you will learn everything you can and get the most out of your education.

simone
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Really take the time to visit each place thoroughly and try to act as if you were a student there as best as possible

Kelsey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

You will do well here if you are academically motivated and if you do not care about religion.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

You will do well here if you are academically motivated and if you do not care about religion.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit as many as possible to find one that would fit well for you.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I felt that I was worthless because my beliefs did not matich those of my classmates.

Elise
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not choose a college based on one aspect, your interests may change, that college will not. KNOW YOURSELF. Choose a coll...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not choose a college based on one aspect, your interests may change, that college will not. KNOW YOURSELF. Choose a college with many offerings that interest you now. Choose a college with many offerings that don't interest you now (because they will later.) UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GROW. Think ahead. Where will your interests take you? What school will best develop these interests into a variety of options for your future? YOUR HAPPINESS WILL NOT DEPEND ON YOUR COLLEGE'S NATIONAL RANKING. Make your decison for yourself. College is about learning how to be self directed- now is a good time to start practicing. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. Your college will offer an abundance of offices, programs and staff dedicated to aiding your college experience- USE THEM. You are dynamic- PROVE IT. Get involved. Develop positive relationships with professors. The "Real World" is quickly approaching. Do not hide from it. EMBRACE IT. Search job postings for a better outlook on what lies ahead. Fatten up that resume. PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE, LIVE IN THE PRESENT. Make friends. Study. Party. Eat well. Sleep well. Take responsibility for your actions. Get excited. Get focused. Relax. ACHIEVE BALANCE.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

First is the rigorous academics, excellent reputation and constructive partnership with Haverford, Swarthmore and Penn. Second is the remarkably beautiful architecture and landscaping. Third is the food!

Elizabeth
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a college that fits is a very stressful experience, but no matter what you will find one that you will love and get a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a college that fits is a very stressful experience, but no matter what you will find one that you will love and get an amazing education from. It always works out and it is worth all of the work that goes into getting there.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

There are so many things to brag about: small class sizes, independent majors, beautiful dorms and campus, traditions, a strong sense of community...the one thing I valued the most while I was a student was the strong sense of pride and accomplishment shared among the women there.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Philadelphia was so close and there were always fun things to do in the city, but it was expensive to get there on regional rail.

Laura
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before you start the application process, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Then brainstorm things that schools c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before you start the application process, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Then brainstorm things that schools could have that would overcome your weaknesses, and play to your strenghts. If you're naturally shy and had trouble making friends, you want a school with a strong sense of community, a good freshman orientation program, extracurricular activities that you are interested in, and lots of activities on-campus so that you don't have to do the legwork to find people to be friends with. If you're really independent and motivated and enjoy going beyond coursework, you want a school where undergraduates have opportunities to do research and work closely with faculty. Know yourself before you start looking at schools - whether big cities make you anxious, whether small towns make you claustrophobic, whether you are fine flying home twice a year or if you need to be within a 2 hour drive. When you know what you're looking for in a school, you'll be able to tell whether the places you're considering will be a good fit for you!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who is not prepared to work hard and enjoy it. The focus at Bryn Mawr is on academics. A lot of the social bonding occurs around coursework - in your classes, doing your work with your friends, planning things to do to take a break from your work. You've got to enjoy learning - not just to get a grade, but because you are motivated to learn new things and excited about it. If your schoolwork is just something you get done so you don't feel guilty drinking, Bryn Mawr is not for you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It can be hard to keep your social life active unless you try. It would be easy to do nothing but work all day, every day - nobody would stop you. You have to actively make time in your life for social activities. But if you want it, you can find it.

Elizabeth
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bryn Mawr College is a small, private women's liberal arts college that promotes the advancement of women in academia. Girls ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bryn Mawr College is a small, private women's liberal arts college that promotes the advancement of women in academia. Girls travel the globe to become a Bryn Mawr Woman.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

During the college application process, I was offered a full-scholarship to Bryn Mawr College. Unfortunatley, it was recinded on the basis that I was not "diverse enough", i.e. I was a lower-income inner city-kid who happened to be white. I was still accepted to Bryn Mawr, however and decided to attend because of its stellar academic reputation, thus abandoning my original desire to attend a fine arts conservatory program at other institutions to which I had applied and been accepted. At Bryn Mawr I was able to persue studies in fine arts, the sciences, literature, religion and anything else I could think of. If it was unavailable at Bryn Mawr, the faculty and staff would help me to find a class, internship or program at another institution at no additional tuition. I did struggle financially, working 3-4 jobs in addition to my rigorous academic schedule, directing my own theatre company, representing student government, student outreach, volunteering and mentoring. Whew! There were many times I felt like giving up, but the support of my fellow Mawrtyrs was unrelenting. I stayed, earned 2 degrees and am entirely satisfied I made the right decision in attending Bryn Mawr.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The campus is gorgeous! I had my own room all 4 years complete with a fireplace. Our alumna include Katharine Hepburn and the first female president of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust.

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