- Class: Freshman
- Gender: F
- High School: Monument Mountain
- Transfer Student: N
Mount Holyoke has familial quality and a close community feel which makes all her students feel at home, whether speaking with professors, laughing with public safety officers, or just hanging out with friends. It is in a small town, but well connected to the other schools in the five college system by way of the PVTA bus. One of the benefits of the small community within and without the college is that it draws classmates closer. Historically, Mount Holyoke has been known for the strong bonds her students form with each other, regardless of class year. Upon acceptance, the women of Mount Holyoke step into a permanent family of strong women, leaders in both private and public. The fact that two women of differing age, race, ethnicity, or gender-identification have Mount Holyoke in common bridges all of their differences. We are very proud of our school's legacy, one that we know we are becoming a part of.
One thing I have noticed in college, and I think this is generally true, especially in larger colleges (which Mount Holyoke is not!) is that initially it is harder to meet professors than in high school because instead everyone being in one or two buildings, the populace is spread all over campus. Some profs don't even know each other (a rare occasion)! Feeling this, I set out to meet some of them, namely my own professors. It is vital to go to their office hours, and not just to talk about homework. Talk to them, ask them about their kids. You never know where it will go. Some of my most memorable moments from this year are of homework discussions gone off-track to subjects like fly-fishing, quality and psychology of fashion, tactics of procrastinating, etc. Two of my absolute favorite professors I met because of gen eds. Now I'm considering making one of them my advisor! Both inside and outside the classroom, Mount Holyoke women know how to make education a fun and continuous life-experience. Frequently idle chatter develops into deep discussions of identity, social issues, politics, gender, etc. I will never forget, two nights in to freshman year all firsties were required as part of orientation to watch a do***entary on racism and discuss in small group afterwards. We were so impacted by what we saw that for three hours afterward my new friends and I continued our own discussion in my room. "This is what I've been waiting for!" I thought. We actually held valuable conversation, unlike the insipid remarks of high school. Of course, we aren't seriously discussing all the time. Once in awhile we get a little crazy and goof off ;p Naturally we spend a lot of time together, studying, eating, helping one another, etc. I am happy to report that the general attitude is one of helpfulness and not acute competition. We are our own competitors, not our classmates. Mount Holyoke women are about lifting each other up and collaboration.
Mount Holyoke is a pretty liberal school. As an independent/conservative I expected to be walked all over as I was in high school. The people here, however, are much more open-minded and willing to listen to differing opinions. We even have facilitated discussions of particularly sticky questions. It is encouraging in today's world to see so many women who are so different come together and develop strong friendships. A large percentage of them are from overseas which makes things even more exciting. At times we can be very casual, some of us less so. Really, you can where whatever you want. One of our favorite topics to discuss over dinner (btw, you can sit anywhere) is what steps we are taking to improve our world. What can I say, we dream big.
The Best Things
The strong bonds between every woman who ever was a part of our school
The Worst Things
Sometimes profs forget that not everyone agrees with them