From Libby Lakeman
While many colleges are unable to physically welcome visitors to campus right now, Admissions Offices are offering various virtual events to connect with prospective students and families. Here at Bryn Mawr, we are coming up with creative ways to showcase our community through fireside chats, hangouts, and other online events. Other colleges are doing the same so take advantage of these opportunities! I know Zoom can be exhausting, so I want to help you find authentic ways to engage with our community during this time. Below are some of my best practices for engaging with colleges virtually.
From Kaila Hamdani
Assistant Director of Admissions & Coordinator for Access and Equity
The first semester of college is an exciting time – everything is new and opportunities seem endless – but many first-year students also experience an overwhelming sense of apprehension as they try to adjust to college life. For some students, especially those at selective institutions, the feeling of excitement is joined by a sense of surprise and concern – surprise that they were selected out of a number of applications and concern for their academic preparedness to succeed. Students may feel intimidated surrounded by other successful, highly capable students. This is known as Impostor Syndrome. Impostor Syndrome is the feeling you do not belong and question your own ability to succeed.
We know many students struggle with Impostor Syndrome, especially First-Generation and other underrepresented students. If you or a student you know struggles with Impostor Syndrome, we want to help. Below are some common remarks we hear and our responses. Continue reading
13 Things To Do While in Quarantine: Bryn Mawr Edition
From Andrea Lirio
Instead of focusing on the things we can’t do while in self-quarantine, here’s a list of activities (Bryn Mawr edition!) we thought you would love.
From Jean Tishler (Parent Class of 2022)
I dropped my Kleenex into my purse and breathed a sigh of relief. Bryn Mawr College President Kim Cassidy had just completed her welcome address to new students and their families. With warmth and sincerity, she assured us that the administration, faculty, and staff at the College have a common goal — making certain that the Class of 2022 would not only succeed, but also flourish. Over the past year and a half, I have been incredibly impressed by Bryn Mawr’s commitment to this goal. Continue reading
From Marissa Turchi
Coronavirus has dosed the world with a prevailing uncertainty – spreading panic and testing our anxiety thresholds. During this unprecedented time, everything feels weird and awkward and a bit surreal. The College search process is no exception to this state of weirdness, but luckily, we’re in this together! Continue reading
From Andrea Lirio
The Sophomore Plan is a program Bryn Mawr offers to help students, particularly sophomores (like me!), with selecting a major, deciding whether or not to study abroad, and preparing for internships and other professional opportunities. During the fall semester, I met with my dean to discuss the goals and interests that would help shape my college plan and experience. We discussed my potential major and courses needed to complete it, my interest in going abroad during junior year, and my past internship experience. Continue reading
At Bryn Mawr, each dorm has a number of students who serve as dorm officers. They’re called the Dorm Leadership Team (DLT). All of the dorms have Hall Advisors (HAs), Customs People (CPs), one Dorm President, one Peer Mentor, and one Culture and Diversity Assistant (CDA). They serve as mentors for incoming first years to help in their transition to Bryn Mawr as well as representatives to create a safe and welcoming community. Meet some of our DLT! Continue reading
From Cheryl Lynn Horsey, Chief Enrollment Officer
For most colleges and universities with application deadlines, November marks the beginning of application season with applications and materials being submitted for early and regular decision. No doubt this can be a stressful time for everyone. Students are frantic with the prospect of learning their fate, and parents may be anxiously standing by to support as they navigate what may seem like a mysterious process.
Over the past few months, your student has worked to curate and assemble college lists and applications – transcripts, essays, interviews, college visits – there are a lot of moving pieces. Now that the application is submitted, what happens next?
The application is now in the hands of very capable admissions officers who are responsible for admitting a class of students who will thrive and persist at their institution. This is not a process taken lightly. Admissions officers spend hours upon hours on committee discussions and holistic reviews of applications to admit the best class possible.
As you and your student await the admissions decision, it is important that both of you manage your stress levels. This is particularly important with social media being such an integral part of our lives. Peers will begin posting decisions and this may further exacerbate the anxiety that you both may be experiencing. Managing expectations is really important at this point. Understand that whether or not your child gets into their top choice is no reflection on your parenting, nor is it a reflection on their worth. Colleges and universities receive far more qualified applicants than they can admit.
Another tip that cannot be stressed enough is allow your student to be in the driver’s seat during this process. The parental instinct is to protect and to advocate for your child, but encourage them to communicate with their counselors and admissions officers. Helping your child take the lead will foster their ability to develop the emotional and self-regulation skills that will be needed when they go to college. All students need to take on a more independent role in college and this is a great time to start practicing those skills. We know that this process is a family one and we encourage you to stay involved and be supportive of your child while giving them room to grow and learn.
Final words of wisdom: Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
From Susan Chadwick, Director of Financial Aid
With October 1 right around the corner, many students and families have financial aid on their minds. Suddenly there are questions about changes in income, how retirement should be reported on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and what an FSA ID is used for in the process. While financial aid applications can appear daunting at times, there are many tips and tricks that can help you along the way.
Here are my top tips to successfully navigate the FAFSA and CSS Profile, College Board’s application used by many schools, to apply for institutional need based aid.