alumnae 4: student 1

<p>D was invited to a tea yesterday for prospective applicants to Mount Holyoke. For whatever reasons, she was the only student who showed up. Although I found that sort of sad, she did get the benefit of a two-hour chat with the four MHC alums. She enjoyed herself a lot--quite a change from her stance a year ago when she was adamantly against even thinking about a women's college. I found it interesting that although they didn't ask her what colleges in general she was considering, they did ask her if she was interested in any other women's colleges.</p>

<p>For the ones who did not show up, their losss was definitely your daughters gain! I remember my daughter felling the same way about how she would never go to an all "girls school". However, visists to Mount Holyoke, Bryn Mawr and Barnard did help her see womens colleges in a new light in the end she applied to all 3 of them.</p>

<p>I think t the low turnout was due to the fact that so many schools are having things every weekend and you simply can't make everything so someone has to be left out. Also applicants to womens college applicants tend to be be a pretty self selected group and potential applicants are probably also looking at other womens colleges as well. </p>

<p>I hope that she keeps an open mind, and if she feels that this is the place for her, then apply. I know when my daughter got accepted last year, she received at $15,000/yr leadership scholarship. Even though in the end, she ended up going to a coed school (her first choice school, but we could not afford to go into the ED process as we need to compare packages) but she would have been happy at any of the womens colleges which she applied and was accepted.</p>

<p>all the best</p>

<p>All the best.</p>

<p>If you go to a Big Ten college, I think it's safe to say that you don't feel much camaraderie with students in the other nine --- regardless of Billy Crystal's funny line in When Harry Met Sally.</p>

<p>If you go to an Ivy League college, you probably don't have warm fuzzy feelings for students in the other seven ivy schools.</p>

<p>But it seems that if you attend a women's college, ALL women's college students are looked at with sisterly admiration and interest.</p>


<p>Perhaps I am overstating the case. What do I know? I'm a guy...</p>

<p>Yes, Sybbie, "keeing an open mind" is the key phrase: D finally promised she would keep an open mind about women's colleges. She read about them in the Fiske guide and picked the ones she liked and the ones she had questions about, talked to ad coms at college fairs, decided to visit three, and now has two on her college list. If she gets deferred/rejected from her (coed) ED school, she'll apply to them and others. She likes the two women's colleges better than some others on her list but thankfully thinks she would be happy at any of the schools she is planning on applying to. and hasn't really ranked them. The adcoms she spoke to from the women's colleges--and the written materials--stress that many of the students didn't originally want to go to a women's college but liked each particular college for whatever reasons, and came to see the advantages of a women's college. And thank you for your good wishes.</p>

<p>Morgantruce, you could well be right. They did regale D with stories of how graduates of one of the "7 sisters" so to speak were so happy to do favours etc. for graduates of all the 7 sisters.</p>

<p>"They did regale D with stories of how graduates of one of the "7 sisters" so to speak were so happy to do favours etc. for graduates of all the 7 sisters."</p>

<p>The one thing tht I did like about the womens colleges is their emphasis on connections that last a lifetime and in the end they are "all there" for each other.</p>

<p>I went to an Ivy, and I do have fuzzy feelings for the other Ivy alum. We tend to have a lot in common. I think the same actually is true for Big 10 alum, women's college alum, Catholic college alum, etc.</p>

<p>Even though one may have friendly rivalries in sports, there are still a lot of commonalities between schools in the same classifications. Alumni and students, too, have a lot of similarities, which is why I imagine the Holyoke alum asked your D whether she was applying to other women's colleges.</p>