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I'm applying to 3 women's colleges (Smith, Wellesley, and Scripps) but have a special interest in Smith. While I'm completely sold on the value that an education at these institutions will have for me (the academic life), I am still unsure about the social aspect.
A bit about me: I have not had many close female friends in high school, and have had a boyfriend for 3 out of 4 years. I'm interested to hopefully gain more confidence in my friendships with women, and even my ability to form them. I am slightly ostracized because I do not go to parties with people from my high school. I love to dance, but the party scene at my high school revolves around huge amounts of alcohol and drugs, and not necessarily the "go-out-and-see-friends" type of fun that I enjoy. I'm not straightedge, but the stories you hear about kids blacking out and throwing up all over the place just does not appeal to me.
I'd like to get some feedback from people who have attended (or I guess just know a lot :]) women's colleges (preferably the ones I'm applying to) about the social life- Is there a lot to do? Are there good parties on campus (do men attend?), or do I have to leave to find fun parties or events? Even though women's colleges' social lives are a lot "tamer" than say, a huge state school's, is there still a prevalent attitude of drinking to get as drunk as possible and then crash?