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Here's a great answer to "Why women's colleges?"

staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
I'm feeling very thankful that my daughter discovered women's colleges. She's attending Mount Holyoke and I am just constantly amazed by the things she relates from her experience there. I just read this article, and wanted to share it here. This quote from the article really sums up my daughter's experience. I don't think she really understands how unusual her close interactions with MHC's faculty are, and what incredible opportunities she has there!

"Good professors nudge students into paths that they may not have foreseen. Good colleges allow their faculty to make such decisions spontaneously. Good colleges go out on a limb for the student, not just with words, but also through actions."

Here's the whole article: http://www.thenational.ae/an-all-womens-college-changed-my-life
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  • sarahangelaasarahangelaa 39 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @staceyneil‌ hello! My teacher has been pushing me to apply to mount Holyoke but I applied ed1 to Wesleyan and unfortunately, I did not get in. Anyway, can you please provide me with more information I should know about mount Holyoke? Thank you
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  • staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    @sarahangelaa Hi! What would you like to know about MHC? There are lots of threads on CC about it, either in this forum or in the specific Mount Holyoke forum, but I am very happy to answer any questions you might have! Or maybe, if you describe what you're looking for in a college, tell you if MHC fits those criteria.

    I'm a big fan. My daughter was looking for a highly intellectual environment with passionate, dedicated students, a beautiful physical campus/surroundings, small class sizes with lots of one-on-one with professors, open-mindedness, a highly academic but supportive (not competitive) environment, no emphasis on greek life/crazy partying. We're pretty low income, so financial aid was also a big concern. She's had an amazing first semester, made a wonderful connection with a professor who's become something of a mentor, given her her own lab, helping her with internships, etc.

    I'm sorry you did not get into Wesleyan ED1. My D did look at Wesleyan, too (my brother is an alum) but she preferred smaller and less urban schools.
    edited December 2014
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  • sarahangelaasarahangelaa 39 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @staceyneil‌ thank you but it's ok, I found out that I am not the only one who is rejection boat; there are several of us so far that I have know but I'm sure there are more. Ven if we had the grades and activities, maybe the school was not just for us. Although, I really liked Wesleyan as it is an LAC but it has an atmosphere of a university; hence the name Wesleyan University.

    I would've loved to be in an urban area and somewhat big school but maybe Wes is not the school for me. And I am open to any possibilities so I am wishing the best with my wanting to apply to MHC. :D ;;) :)>-
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  • CrewDadCrewDad 1697 replies24 threads Senior Member
    ^^
    Have you looked at Vassar? The college is in many ways similar to Wes.
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  • ifwelivepoetryifwelivepoetry 13 replies1 threads New Member
    I found out about women's colleges this summer from a peer who I worked with but never really talked to during school. It was a blessing! I am so excited and so hopeful to attend either Barnard, Smith, or Wellesley. I just know that these will be the schools to nurture me best. Looking back I probably wouldve applied to MHC and BM but it's too late now. This article just made me more excited.
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  • sarahangelaasarahangelaa 39 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Well I got in to MHC! Yay! I'm so excited knowing that I know where I am going to. Now my problem is not knowing what to major in. I believe that the first year would be about getting all the basics done but once that is over I'm not quite sure yet what to take. I love science and was thinking of majoring in science, but I want to work with people not just labs and chemicals. My friends have been telling me that I would be good at marketing since I am already practicing that at work; I am thinking of giving that a try and communications.
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  • ricck1ricck1 207 replies1 threads Junior Member
    More female leaders come out of women's than any other colleges. Hillary Clinton, Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Joan Rivers, Drew Gilpin Faust (President of Harvard Iniversity.)
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  • CrewDadCrewDad 1697 replies24 threads Senior Member
    ^^

    All the women you mentioned attended college before the Ivies (excluding Cornell), Amherst, Williams, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, et al. admitted women. It is curious that none of the children of the women that you listed attended a women's college. ;) Meryl Streep's daughter attended Vassar but it was already coed.
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