Transferring Credit

From Celine Chen

A quick guide to transferring credit to Bryn Mawr.

What is the process of transferring credit like at Bryn Mawr? How do IB credits compare to transferring AP credits? I honestly did not know much about it when I started here. It wasn’t a huge concern for me because my goal was not necessarily to graduate as fast as possible; it was being able to learn under a well-rounded curriculum, which is what drew me to liberal arts colleges.   Continue reading

Sustainability at Bryn Mawr

From Celine Chen

Emily Barry is a math and environmental studies double major, so our paths have crossed many times in different math classes and department events.  I’ve really gotten to know Emily this year through study/work sessions, and I’ve discovered she has such an amazing, positive energy about her. Emily is also involved in a lot of interesting events/organizations around campus (including sustainability efforts) so I invited her to share her experience at Bryn Mawr.

Continue reading

Intensive (and Intentional) Learning

From Celine Chen

Getting the most from my Bryn Mawr education, inside the classroom and out.

Bryn Mawr offers intensives and workshops throughout the academic year to supplement their liberal arts curriculum. These programs offer experiential learning, in which students can explore career and professional development tracks and topics that are not traditionally offered within a liberal arts curriculum. These intensives are really helpful in getting a chance to explore a professional area you may be interested in. You get a sense of what that field is all about, and the types of skills that would be helpful to make yourself a competitive candidate. Continue reading

How Did I End Up at Bryn Mawr?

From Celine CHen

How being open to different paths led me to Bryn Mawr.

My journey to Bryn Mawr was not at all what I expected. The truth is that Bryn Mawr was not my top choice when I was going through the college search process. When I was applying to college, I was set on staying close to home and going to school in sunny Southern California, yet, somehow, I ended up at Bryn Mawr College. So how did I end up here?

Continue reading

STEM Recruitment and the Tri-Co

From Celine Chen

Yes, tech companies want to hire students from liberal arts colleges. 

As graduation approaches, I’ve started to check our Bryn Mawr’s career board for upcoming events on a regular basis. There are career events going on all throughout the academic year: alumni come to speak about what they have done since graduating, info sessions from different organizations, free lunch with alumni, and so much more. Once a year, the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore) hosts a recruiting day, which is essentially a career fair. Recruiters across all disciplines (STEM, non-profit, banking, etc.) come to one of the three colleges so students can network, learn more about different companies, and explore any job openings.

Continue reading

Why is Networking Such a Scary Word?

From Celine Chen

Learning how to connect with other professionals and build a network. 

The term networking seems to really throw people off, especially when they are just starting their career journey. We know it’s an important part of professional development, but so many people don’t know how to do it. How do you meet other professionals? Who should you talk to? How do you get them to join your network?

Continue reading

What’s WTF Week?!

From Celine Chen

I didn’t know what I was missing about being a Mawrter until I got to connect with my family and take part in WTF Week.

WTF stands for “Welcome the First-Years” and it’s a tradition beloved by many Mawrters. It takes place in mid-February, once first-years have had a semester to settle in and meet new people, but are still in a bit of an in between phase. This tradition is about supporting new students, giving them fun activities to let loose and develop family-like relationships with upperclassmen. The whole week is voluntary, but if students want to participate, they ask an upperclassman (typically a sophomore) to be their Rose. First-years are all Buds. Roses give their Bud a schedule for the week, including campus-wide activities like performances in the Great Hall that Buds put on with friends, Athena Awards given by Customs people, and bed times stories (when seniors read children’s books to the underclassmen).  

receiving my WTF Week schedule as a first-year.

Continue reading

Does your Hogwarts House Define your Career?

From Celine Chen

A panel on the relationship between your major and future career.

Last semester I attended an event hosted by the Career and Professional Development (CPD) office that tackled the question of “does your major define your career?” As a homage to Bryn Mawr’s Harry-Potter-like atmosphere the event was titled “Does your Hogwarts House Define your Career?” The event was full of fun snacks like butterbeer, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, jelly slugs, and cupcakes for each house. Theme aside, I found the event really eye-opening and relevant, even as a senior. 

Continue reading

Reflecting on Fall 2018

From Celine Chen

I can’t believe I just finished the last fall semester of my undergraduate career! I remember 2 weeks into classes this semester thinking, “I still have so much time between now and graduation”, and now I only have one semester left. All in all, the semester went well. It was a tough adjustment coming back from studying abroad, but I really enjoyed taking a class at UPenn this semester (check out the Admissions Instagram to follow me on my way there!). It was really great having the experience of taking classes at an institution run differently from Bryn Mawr. It was also cool to compare and contrast the way a UPenn professor teaches compared to a Bi-Co professor.  

Continue reading

Need to Know: Study Abroad (Part 2)

From Celine Chen

To read Part 1, click here

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, my semester abroad was the best time of my life. I studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden from January to May 2018 through DIS. I knew I wanted to study abroad in Europe since I had never been and it’s a great opportunity to have easy access to travel to other European countries.

Stortorget — the famous square in the middle of Old Town, Stockholm.

Now, I’m sure many of you are asking “what’s the benefit of study abroad?

Continue reading