“We need women who are so strong that they can be gentle, so educated that they can be humble, so fierce that they can be compassionate, so passionate that they can be rational, and so disciplined that they can be free. We need uncommon women. And here you are. And how deeply reassuring to me it is to know that wherever we go—there you will be.”
(Mount Holyoke College Commencement Speech, Kavita N. Ramdas ‘85)
Summer research assistant Kimberly is working her afternoon stress off at the button-making machine - the assistants are in charge of printing and folding the zines that all firsties will receive during Orientation this August, as well as pressing out over five hundred fifty buttons for new students!
#transformationtuesday There is little difference between this early twentieth century lantern slide from the @mhcarchives and the scene in the stacks today. #LITStagram (at Mount Holyoke College)
No. No you do not.
If you’re going/returning to Mount Holyoke College this fall please message me let’s be friends (I’m an incoming first-year and I’d like to get to know some of you!)
it’s fascinating to me that when i tell people i go to a women’s college, the questions they ask me about the experience all pertain to men (are they allowed to visit? do you hate them?), as if it is so wild and unfathomable that an academic and social environment could be focused on anything other than men.
OH RIGHT THATS WHY I DONT LET MYSELF THINK ABOUT COLLEGE CUZ THEN I GET REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY EXCITED FOR COLLEGE AND LIKE I CANT BREATHE HAHAHAHABAHAJHAHAABA
(I’m just kidding)
Just send them in ASAP with a post-it note that says ‘sorry!’ and I think you’ll be okay. If they haven’t contacted you I think they’ll still accept them no prob if you do it SOON SOON SOON. Like fax them in right now. Get up from your laptop. Do it.
Ah! You’re so so sososososo very welcome! I try to keep it as calm and factual as possible around here and it makes it feel 100% worth all the fuss and constantly full tumblr inbox when I get nice messages like this. My heart <3 <3 <3
Aha! I have been involved a lot in social life between Smith and MHC.
My coworker: “Smithies… have money? Smithies are afraid of being too far from a Starbucks. We have a lot of the same interests, but Smithies just do everything LOUDER. I feel like in my Smith classes there were just a lot of people who came to class with glitter on their faces.”
I think the main social difference is one of how… ‘vocal’ students can be? I always chuckle and say that when Smith and Mount Holyoke have the same problem, MHC holds a referendum and Smith just has riots. We’re pretty similar schools overall, but there’s a bit more high-octane of a vibe at Smith in the hustle and bustle of Northampton.
Smith also has a housing system that makes the atmosphere much different - you change dorms each year at MHC, moving around campus in different groups with people and sorta roaming. Smithies live in the same house all four years of their college career, barring having to transfer houses for some reason. I think that makes it so that most Mount Holyoke friendships are formed within your own class year at Orientation and with people you meet outside your dorm. Our loyalties align mostly with class year, if that makes sense - we have a really strong class color and animal system that encourages camaraderie within class years, and you’ll have friends spread out all over campus that you get to shuffle over and visit. With Smithies, I feel like their strongest friend-bonds are formed within their ‘house’ communities, which leads to a different atmosphere (I’m not saying it’s like having a ton of sororities
but I think so) than we have here @MHC.
Wow, that got more complicated than I wanted it to be.
My #1 piece of advice for people who are just starting the college process: Don’t panic. Get shit done, but make sure you take time to figure out if a school is really going to be a good fit for you. Don’t rush into something after just seeing one school one time - you may end up having found your dream place, but it’s important to see what other places are like just for variety. Uhm. That’s more than one thing. BUT IT’S OKAY.
Things like rackets are provided for students, things like yoga mats are usually not.
Hmmm. Whatever you can’t fit in your car the first time around? Good idea: make a list of things you realize would make your life easier when you’re here for the first few months of the semester and then bring that stuff with you when you come back!