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Wellesley is an amazing place for people who are extremely dedicated to academics. The alumni network is incredibly strong, a...
Wellesley is an amazing place for people who are extremely dedicated to academics. The alumni network is incredibly strong, and it's a very safe place to live and learn. There is a generally supportive community of students and opportunities for every student to be involved in organizations, clubs, and student government. Research and study abroad options abound, and financial aid has been excellent in my experience. That said, the stress culture can be overwhelming - students tend to be competitive and shadow grading makes exams incredibly anxiety-inducing. Additionally, the "Wellesley bubble," while often comforting, can at times feel suffocating, especially for students who may not be used to the unique frustrations of small town living.
A place filled with supportive and great people!
A place filled with supportive and great people!
If you are okay with not having the "typical" college experience, and if you are extremely devoted to academics day-in and da...
If you are okay with not having the "typical" college experience, and if you are extremely devoted to academics day-in and day-out, then perhaps Wellesley is the school for you. It is constantly laden with stress, but also filled with the most hardworking, driven women you will ever meet. If you want a social life, then you will have one (but you have to make it happen). You will enjoy Wellesley more if you do not procrastinate (see above- I repeat, extreme stress, blood, sweat, and tears are daily occurrences); try to remember, too, though that time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time at all. Sometimes Wellesley students are so caught up in academics and work that they forget to simply be young undergraduates who are still figuring things out. Cherish every opportunity that comes your way. And sleep. Please sleep.
Wellesley is an all women's college, and a very beautiful place (figuratively and literally speaking), where emphasis is put ...
Wellesley is an all women's college, and a very beautiful place (figuratively and literally speaking), where emphasis is put on how to think, than what to think, and where people are interested in becoming leaders in their respective fields.
Wellesley actively encourages students to explore different areas. I took the college's advice and walked out of my comfort zone my first semester, taking computer science and a class about Jewish and Muslim exiles. I had zero background, but they sounded interesting. I ended up loving coding, and I also want to continue studying the Middle East! This wouldn't have been possible without: 1) excellent teaching, (In 2012, Princeton Review rated Wellesley professors as #1 in the nation), 2) A mentality that people excel in what they love to do, so they should find what they love first.
I can be extremely shy. I would tell my younger self to not feel so self-conscious; the truth is, everyone feels that way the first few weeks of college. The questions "Will I make friends? Will people like me?" might be present, but even so, put yourself out there. I regret my first couple of weeks, where I kept to myself and stuck to what I knew. The third week, when I saw people jamming music in the dorm common room, I finally took the plunge. I spontaneously whipped out my mediocre singing voice and a violin, and those people became my best friends. Join things, you never know. Regarding grades, I would tell myself to prioritize. What if there's an event going on, and I have a test worth 40% of my grade tomorrow? Probably shouldn't bomb that one. What if it's one of the best events of the year and I have a minor quiz tomorrow? Go to the awesome event! I definitely had moments where I should have worked instead of played, and vice versa, played instead of worked. Have priorities, but try to be smart about them!
Wellesley College was a unique experience that I will never have again in my lifetime. I was surrounded by women from all ove...
Wellesley College was a unique experience that I will never have again in my lifetime. I was surrounded by women from all over the world in classes that were taught by mostly women that were held in rooms covered in posters of powerful, inspirational women that have accomplished great things. The greatest things Wellesley taught me was to suit up and show up, always think ahead, and that no matter what, a woman can overcome even the biggest of obstacles.
Dear Christine, I appreciate your enthusiasm to impress the pretty girls and handsome boys, but I assure you it is not necessary. Unfortunately you won't stay friends with most of them so bring it back to you. Remember how excited you were when you were doing Habitat for Humanity in Texas and Virginia? Those were times your soul came alive. Find more times your soul comes alive. That reminds me, George... you're little brother. You will have terrific conversations with him before school this year. Over coffee or cereal, the two of you will talk about everything. In college you may see George slip away from you, start getting involved in drinking, and eventually drop out of school. So I ask you to cherish every single moment with George. Create as many deep moments with him as possible. When you look back on high school, the moments with George will be the brightest, most memorable moments that make your heart warm. Forget about the boys and the parties and what you look like. Focus on your soul and spend as much time with George as possible. He will always be the light of your eyes. With Gratitude, Christine
I wish I knew that high school reputations didn't matter, that I should have definitely considered my career after college when considering which college to pick, internships are incredibly important and should start in high school, the high school prom queen and king will not be able to wear their crowns to college nor will anyone care about their status, hard work is more important than boys kissed, true worth exists in the soul and most of our life journey should be focused on that, join more community services clubs, and help more people as often as possible.
I'm going to go for the obvious and say that we are a historically women's college. What most people interpret, is that Welle...
I'm going to go for the obvious and say that we are a historically women's college. What most people interpret, is that Wellesley breeds women who haven't learned to jostle with men, leaving them unprepared for a "man's" world. What this really means is that being female is taken off of the table, and you learn that a woman's opinion is just as valid and valuable as a male's. It means that you gain confidence, knowledge, and learn how to make your prescence known in a sea of awesome, something wholly unique to Wellesley.
There are a couple of things I found out about myself while I was transitioning into college life, both academically and socially. First is that no, I can't live without friends. The first thing I'd tell myself as a senior is "Hey, I know you're going to a Boston-Area school like a lot of your friends, but you need to meet new friends on your campus!" Maybe then I would've discovered the amazing group of friends I have now way earlier. I also found out that my favorite subject was not in fact English, but History. Honestly I wish I would have taken more classes that I just wanted to take, rather than sticking to a plan that is now useless anyway. So the second thing I'd say is "Ditch the plan. Take what looks cool!" Lastly, on a wholly practical level, I came into Wellesley with the worst senioritis-hangover ever. I wish I could go back to my senior year self, and scream "Keep studying! You can rest in the summer!" And maybe then I would have done better on some placement exams and not have to review material.
In order to suceed at Wellesley you have to be confident in your academic abilities. It's a really difficult school, especially for those who do not come from a rigourous educational background. Even if you don't, self-confidence is a must. You can't be afraid to ask for help, from professors or friends, and you have to know who you are. You will be surrounded by some of the most phenomenal women you have ever met in your life, and it can be hard to remember that if you got in, you're one of them!
I wish I had known that it wouldn't be nearly as scary as I thought it would be! When I was preparing to leave home and fly a...
I wish I had known that it wouldn't be nearly as scary as I thought it would be! When I was preparing to leave home and fly across the country to go to college, I was terrified, and I kept imagining all the terrible things that might happen-- I'd be homesick, I wouldn't have friends, no one to eat dinner with. But I arrived there, and I immediately felt welcome, and developed great friendships. I wish I could go back and tell myself, "It will be okay-- Wellesley's an amazing place, and you'll love it."
If I could go back in time and visit myself as a high school senior, I would offer myself words of comfort. Before I left home for college, I was terrified; I'm from California, so I was nervous about leaving my family and attending college in Massachusetts. I cried for days leading up to my departure. Even though, deep down, I knew everything was going to be all right, and that I would love college once I got settled in, the thought of leaving my family, friends, and beloved hometown was overwhelmingly sad. Now that I've completed one year of college and discovered how much I enjoy it, I wish I could go back and tell myself all about my positive experiences at Wellesley. I would talk about my caring roommate, my three best friends, my extracurricular activites, and, most importantly, the safe, friendly, environment that makes Wellesley feel like home, despite how much I worried that it would never feel that way. I would tell myself to be brave, and to keep in mind that no matter how scary college may seem at the moment, I will never regret having to undergo this dificult transition.
The most frustrating thing about Wellelsey is that there is SO MUCH to do, and so little time to do it. Wellesley's academics are very rigorous, so homework takes up a lot of time. But then there are excellent extracurricular activities: I, for example, play the carillon (the bells), and edit GenerAsians Magazine. But there are hundreds of other organizations, many of which I would love to be a part of it I had the time. But life gets so busy that students can generally only pick one or two activities, even if they want to do more.
It has a beautiful 500-acre campus complete with our very own lake! The students are friendly and will make you feel right at...
It has a beautiful 500-acre campus complete with our very own lake! The students are friendly and will make you feel right at home. The professors are easily accessible and are willing to go over problems one-by-one on your homework that you didn't fully understand. The classes are interactive; you won't be in a huge lecture hall with 100s of other students. The professor actually notices if you're missing or late.
Hello, Gail. It's me (you!) from the future. I know you're busy studying for the SAT Subject Tests, so I'll make this brief. You'll be moving thousands of miles away to a completely new region of the U.S. New England is cold, so bring snow boots and lots of sweaters. More importantly, though, be open-minded and friendly. Your first roommate will be amazing and gregarious, and you should take up her offers on going to a social event or hanging out. You shouldn't repeat the same habits you did in high school, i.e. completely forgoing a social life. Academics are important, sure, but did you know the best students thrive on a healthy balance with both social and academic fuel? That said, you'll meet many smart people in college. A lot of them are valedictorians. Don't overestimate your abilities, and never be too proud to ask for help. Even if you don't understand a concept the first time, keep asking for guidance! You'll never learn otherwise. Study at least 5 days in advance, and use the quiz-and-recall method. All right, cheers. Good luck.
Wellesley College is a bubble. You are secluded from the real world and are focused primarily on academia within these ivy walls. Our school is one of the few that do not offer credit for internships or co-ops. In the end, this only makes us narrow-minded and unable to see the real world and all its facets.
There is so much diversity on campus that it's hard to create a simple description for everyone. However, I would say that th...
There is so much diversity on campus that it's hard to create a simple description for everyone. However, I would say that the campus is so accepting of different cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, races, and religions that most I feel are comfortable.
As mentioned, the professors get to know you on a personal level, especially within the major. You have a high likeliness of taking multiple courses with the same professors and they personally guide you into developing a real understanding of the field. Personally, I have gotten to know many professors in my department and have become very close with almost all of them. Some professors (like my advisor) take their students out to get coffee, to eat meals together, and even cook at their house for their students. It's a wonderful environment to learn. Of course, it must be noted that Wellesley has a very rigorous curriculum and any student thinking about applying and attending Wellesley could be ready to stretch their brains in ways they have never before. Class participation is key since the classes can go as small as 6 students. This means that every students is given a prominent voice at every class, and also means that attendance is an important part of our grade. Students are very competitive, some more than others depending on the major.
I am a photographer for the Wellesley News and I enjoy this activity! I am also a member of Japan club, because I am taking J...
I am a photographer for the Wellesley News and I enjoy this activity! I am also a member of Japan club, because I am taking Japanese courses, and I've met some really wonderful people there. Chinese student association is also very popular here and we have a strong Asian pool. Because of the honor code, students trust each other and some definitely leave their dorms open. I sometimes just put my computer anywhere on campus and leave to have lunch and come back to get it. No one will take your belongings and it's the safest place. Wellesley has a lot of amazing traditions! You have to come to know:) Students tend to go to Boston over the weekend or hang around town. The shops and restaurants in the town are really cute:) As far as I know, there isn't a drinking scene on campus.
Students are very diverse here. Most students are friendly and they make really good friends with you, but some are overly competitive. In some classes, each student becomes friends with each other because the class atmosphere is so collaborative and friendly. Most students care about politics and social events and they are often very active. They intend to make a real difference and they do strive toward that in their college years.
The academics is truly amazing. Professors not only know my name, but they do care! I can easily make an appointment with any professor, or go to his or her office hours, even if she doesn't teach me. Some professors you can even get to know them on a personal basis. I am a prospective architecture major, and I find all the professors in the art and architecture department are so charming. Each one has particular characteristics and they are all marvelous in their courses. Class participation is common, because most of the classes are small. But I also enjoy lectures, which normally have 20 to 30 people. Students study really hard here. I mean, really hard. But they are all very smart! You get to know really wonderful people here. Last semester I took introduction drawing class with Daniela, and she is the most charming professor I've ever met! She does not teach, but she INSPIRES you to draw. At the end of the semester, I found that I have grasped most of the drawing techniques and know how to draw from the inside and what it means to be an artist. Other professors are also amazing. It is a small liberal arts college, but you will be amazed at its abundant academic resources and the diverse courses that it provides. Because it is near Boston, students usually get wonderful internship and jobs. The courses are mostly for its own sake, but students care about internships and jobs so much that it is almost a peer pressure that you get an internship over the summer, even if you are just a first-year...
competitive: yes, or kind of. particularly in economics or art department, where students are very competitive. But in other departments the atmosphere is really collaborative. smart: true. Wellesley women are very smart:)
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