Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College


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

Research, research, research.. and spend the night there and audit a couple of classes.

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

Research, research, research.. and spend the night there and audit a couple of classes.

What's unique about your campus?

It's name and the alum connections after college. Going to this school really helps when you need to find a job or internship because of that.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A female from a wealthy background, who is career orientated but likes to socialize a lot.

Aviva
Describe the students at your school.

Many years ago, the school could have been characterized by women who wear "pumps and pearls", but that time is long since p...

Describe the students at your school.

Many years ago, the school could have been characterized by women who wear "pumps and pearls", but that time is long since past. Now, the school is very diverse and students from all racial, socioeconomic and geographic locations come here. Students are often over-achiever types and self-competetive, but not competive with each other. They are always willing to help each other out in any way possible, which creates a great sense of community. Some stay on-campus in the "Wellesley Bubble", but most spend time off campus socializing with each other and with other Boston-area students.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wellesley College is a place for "women who will make a difference in the world" and, I think many of the alums are high-powered, amazing women. Wellesley is a women's college so you do hear stereotypes that we are a school full of lesbians and/or sluts, and lots of people know about us that way. It's also the school the film Mona Lisa's Smile is set at, and where 2 of the past 3 Sec of State went (Clinton and Albright).

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

It is important that you go to a college where you can be happy. Take everything about the schools into account including size, location, setting, class size, ratio of professors to students, quality of teaching, etc. If you are a student who cannot learn in a classroom with hundreds of people, you will not thrive in a school where the intro lectures are large. If you need to have access to off campus activities, don't go to a small school in a rural setting. Your happiness usually affects your performance in academics, so find a place you can be happy. Once there, stick around. It can be hard to be in a new place, but if you leave campus every weekend, you'll miss out on the fun times when people hang out. Pay attention to academics, but also get involved in other activities on campus. Meet lots of people and have friends in all sorts of different settings. The people you meet in college will eventually be your colleagues. Also, get to know your professors. Usually they care about their students, and the better they know you, the better their letters of recommendation will be.

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

Visit! More than once! Take your parents with you and LISTEN to what they think. They know you better then you think and havi...

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

Visit! More than once! Take your parents with you and LISTEN to what they think. They know you better then you think and having a second opinion is definitely necessary.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Mainly upperclass, wealthy females who have been groomed for a private school their whole life. Women who went to a public high school don't do very well here, as I've found out first hand.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I'd known just how strong of a stress culture there is here, how difficult the classes are and how cruel the grading system can be.

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

Try everything and anything! Once you pick your school, make the most of it. Go and take classes you're interested in, meet r...

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

Try everything and anything! Once you pick your school, make the most of it. Go and take classes you're interested in, meet random people, go out and see the city--college is supposed to expand your understanding about the world, if you don't actively engage in it, you'll walk away with regrets.

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

It's hard to meet students from other schools. We're able to cross-register at MIT and a few other schools, but non-Wellesley students who aren't open to Wellesley girls. The stigma and the difficulty in meeting other students is the hardest thing to deal with when attending.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you can't deal with a pressure filled environment, this campus isn't for you. Even if you aren't studious, it can be a stressful place. If you're also the type of person that needs to be partying every night, it's not going to be easy adjusting. It's not that you can't go out and have fun, it's just not that easy--the campus is not located in the city and it takes time to get out into Boston.

hyewon
Describe the students at your school.

They are all hard-working, dilligent, determined, and extremely intelligent women.

Describe the students at your school.

They are all hard-working, dilligent, determined, and extremely intelligent women.

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

Before I came to college, I was one of those high school students that dreamed of going to an Ivy League University. I looked at the name values of colleges/universities and thought they were very important. However, after coming to college I have realized that those factors should not play such a big role when it comes to choosing your college education. My best advice to those looking into choosing the 'right' college would be to look at what the school has to offer you. For example, does the environment suit you? Do they offer courses that draw your interest that you might want to take or major in? What departments are strong in the college or university? All of these information would be far more useful to you and your parents than the simple name value of a school or how well known the school is. Don't be afraid to look at schools that not many people know about, and be honest with yourself when it comes to choosing your school. Afterall, you will be spending the next four years or so at the college you choose. I wish you all the best of luck!

What's unique about your campus?

The diversity and the professors' availability towards students

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

You'll get a good education with a lot of support at Wellesley, even though you won't be drinking as much as your friends at ...

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

You'll get a good education with a lot of support at Wellesley, even though you won't be drinking as much as your friends at co-ed schools.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who wants to party a lot and meet lots of boys.

rachel
Describe the students at your school.

motivated, engaged, compassionate, driven, well-rounded.

Describe the students at your school.

motivated, engaged, compassionate, driven, well-rounded.

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

visit the college and talk to students there, as well as professors, in the areas you are most interested in!

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

beautiful campus. accepting, open, interesting, diverse community. every class you'd want to take, the professors are really invested in their students.

Rachel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Creating strong, independent women who will make a difference in the world, no matter what they end up doing.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Creating strong, independent women who will make a difference in the world, no matter what they end up doing.

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

For finding the right college, I would highly recommend visiting as many schools as possible. You never really know how comfortable you'll be in an environment until you've been there. Also, do some research: decide what is most important to YOU (whether it's academics, diversity, the extracurriculars available, or the overall feel of a campus) and find the schools that fit. As for making the most of the college experience, one rule: don't limit yourself. Don't be afraid to try new things, meet new people, learn from different points of view. College is about broadening your horizons, so take advantage of every opportunity to expand your own personal world. Challenge yourself to step out of your usual comfort zone, because the more comfortable you are with yourself, the better you'll fit into any future situation you could possibly land in. Most of all, keep yourself sane and try to do what makes YOU happy. College may be a blast, but it doesn't have to be the "best years of your life", because your life is still just beginning. Use college to set up an entire lifetime of "best years".

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How isolated it really is. All the publicity for it makes it seem like Boston is easily accessible, and it really wasn't.

Brandy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

great finacial aid, great alumn network

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

great finacial aid, great alumn network

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

Follow your heart. That's the most important thing. So many students worry about money. Money is important, especially these days, but there are so many ways to work that out after you're accepted. It's more important to be where you want to be. If you're doing what you love, at a college that you love, then you'll work hard. And if you work hard, you'll be successful. There are times when it will seem more complicated than that, but it's really not. So many people feel hindered by money, when in reality, there are tons of options for anyone willing to ask for help and work hard for it. Once you follow your heart, the rest works out.

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

Do not rule out private schools just because they are more expensive. Many private schools are finally trying to eliminate o...

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

Do not rule out private schools just because they are more expensive. Many private schools are finally trying to eliminate or reduce student loans and increase scholarship opportunities.

What's unique about your campus?

My school is so encouraging of their students and we have the most supportive professors. Wellesley made sure I could afford college.

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