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Bryn Mawr

I'm not quite sure how to categorize my experience at Bryn Mawr yet. At first I wasn't sure if it was the right choice. I was one of those people who didn't know where to go to college until the money was due. Even after I sent in my deposit I was undecided. So over these first few months here I've given a lot of thought to my choice about coming to Bryn Mawr. And what I've decided is that there are some flaws but I think there are flaws at any college. I also think that because it is such a unique place, that I wasn't sure if I liked right away, it made me question what's important to me. What I've found out is Bryn Mawr, more than other schools, is what you make it. If you go out and find the things that you want to do, they are there. Things may not be handed to you but that’s not what life is like. I have friends at college who are absolutely in love with their schools but haven't taken the time to think critically about their experience. 

As for the culture of Bryn Mawr...

It’s a very unique culture. One criticism I have of it is that it is not as inclusive as I would have liked. I feel like it is kind of cliquey and many people keep to themselves or their small group of friends. 

And the whole all women thing has both positive and negative aspects. It is disabling because it tells only one side of the story, we rarely hear things from a male's perspective. And limiting perspectives is never a good idea. But on the other hand, having only women allows for a breakdown of stereotypes that are disabilities to co-ed culture. For example the notion that men are better at math and science than women. Here, because everyone is female there is no pressure to do one thing or another, everyone is free to do what they want.


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