What is your overall opinion of this school?
When I tell people I'm going to Mary Baldwin College, usually I have to include where it's located and by located I mean near what major city. (Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, etc.) The college is situated in a nice area of Staunton. Downtown is gorgeous and very vibrant. There is plenty of activities and events to get involved with that help or benefit the community. Also, you can have a lot of fun (clean, honest to goodness fun! No alcohol or drugs needed!)
Do you feel like you changed a lot?
I'm not a fan of this question... it's so cut and dry. Yes, I have changed. But, I feel as though I have changed for the better. I am more confident in front of my peers and my professors. I am more assertive in activities and projects. I am more involved around campus, and I have a different attitude with dealing with people than I did before I started college. These changes come from growing up and being shaped into an adult by Mary Baldwin College. MBC's goal is to create "confident, compassionate, change-makers." I feel as though they have succeeded with this in me.
What are your classes like?
The classes are generally smaller in size. The largest I've had was about 30 students and it was a general ed freshman class. The professors will either lecture or hold round table discussions. Generally, the classroom is very relaxed and an environment that promotes discussion and sometimes debates (which can be a lot of fun!)
What are the most popular classes offered?
Some of the most popular classes offered are in Sociology, Psychology, Religion, and Political Science. There are also some art classes are really popular. These classes usually count as a general ed requirement which is why they are popular. It also doesn't hurt that the professors that teach them are AMAZING!
How often should I phone home? Is once a day too much?
How often should you phone home? That's completely up to you! I have a great relationship with my parents, so I usually phone home once a day just to catch up and talk with my parents. I usually inform them about my classes and ask about my sister and my dog. How often you phone home honestly depends on your relationship with your family.
What do people really wear to class?
Most of the students on campus where normal clothes to class. You know, jeans, t-shirts, hoodies.. that type of stuff. Some do show up in sweat pants and pajama pants which the professors don't mind. Just keep in mind, you can't wear pajamas into the dining halls. It's just a rule that has been around forever.
When you step off campus what do you see?
When you step off campus, you are in the beautiful, historic downtown of Staunton. There are small, locally owned boutiques that offer a variety of shopping and food options. Historic Downtown is also home to the Blackfriar's Playhouse which is a replica of the theatre Shakespeare had his plays performed in. On any given day, there is a performance going on there.
Tell us about the food and dining options.
My only complaint my freshman year was that the food was bland because they were trying to cater to everyone. But this year they added spice racks and new menu options so it's a lot better. You have to keep in mind though, MBC is really about being green and healthy so most of the food they serve is healthier. I actually lost weight rather than gained it my freshman year. (Combination of the stairs on campus and the food at the dining hall.) If you ever want wraps, chicken strips, and other less healthy food, there's another place on campus that serves that all the time. There are always vegan and gluten-free options as well as a salad bar, cereal/bread bar, and some type of dessert always offered. The dining hall is not exactly a place where you can keep getting up and getting more (well, entrees at least.) You get one entree and the sides that come with it. When it comes to the other stations such as the vegan, cereal/bread, and salad bars, you can have as much as you want.
What's the Greek scene like?
The Greek scene... is pretty much non-existent on campus. Well, at least it is in terms of Sororities and Fraternities. The only "Greek" scene we have is the honors clubs.
What's the dating scene like?
I'll be honest, if you are a female looking for a guy, you might have some trouble finding some one to date. Granted, there are plenty of men in the Staunton community, you just have to go out and find them. Guys from VMI, Hampden-Sydney, Bridgewater, and JMU sometimes visit us for our mixers, so you might meet someone there. If you are female and seeking another female, you will have options on campus. We do have a fairly decent sized LGBT community.
Describe a typical weekend.
A typical weekend at Mary Baldwin... This usually includes hanging out with friends and maybe even some homework if I feel so inclined. My friends and I had a routine that on Friday or Saturday nights, we would make dinner together and sit down as a family and watch movies while eating together. It was probably one of my favorite things about freshman year for me. It honestly made a difference, and helped us bond more.
Where is the best place to get work done on campus?
The best place on campus to get your work done is either at the library or sitting outside somewhere quiet (which is most of the campus during classes!) The library has individual desks that you can reserve for a semester or the year. This desk is just yours and is there for you whenever you need it. I find sitting outside on a nice day is always a great place to get work done as well. There are plenty of tables, chairs, benches, and just open grass areas that you can sit down and do your work. Wifi is available all over campus, so it makes working outside really easy.
What do students complain about most?
Most students complain about the school either being all female, or that there is not that much to do in Staunton. Staunton is a small town, so there is only so much you can get in to. If you want city life, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg are both 30 minute drives away.
Why did you decide to go to this school?
I decided to go to Mary Baldwin because I felt comfortable and at home there. The faculty and staff are a great bunch and really will go that extra mile to help you... if you ask! I first fell in love with the campus itself when I passed by it one fall. (I think the campus is at it's most beautiful in the fall with all the leaves changing!) When I was older and it was time to start looking at colleges, MBC was at the top of my list. When I went on my first "official" tour, I fell even more in love.
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?
Mary Baldwin girls are known for wearing ribbons and pearls. It's a stereotype that is true a lot of the time. There is also a stereotype that most of the girls are lesbians. This is not true at all. Of course there are lesbians on campus, but there are also straight females. Just because you go to a female college does not mean you are a lesbian. Also, because Mary Baldwin is a private college, many think that you have to be rich to be here. That is far from the truth. Mary Baldwin offers a huge amount of scholarships to most if not all students. So the students here are very diverse when it comes to income.
Describe the students at your school.
Most of the people on campus are friendly. There isn't a lot of drama that goes down in high school. (Though there is some... c'mon. Its an all female college!) The student population is also very diverse.
What are the academics like at your school?
The classes are amazing. Each professor goes out of their way to get to know you. I know a lot of small colleges claim that, but at MBC it is TRUE. The professors become your friend and mentors.
What are the most popular student activities/groups?
There are SOOOOO many clubs and groups on campus. There is something for everyone to get involved with. There are also frequent guest speakers. But the doors are generally open in the dorms. People come and go from their friends rooms. Parties don't happen that much, but if they do... they are house parties for upperclassmen or parties at JMU or UVA.