Exploring Your Paths: How the Liberal Arts Prepares You for Your Future

In our new two-part series, Exploring Your Paths, we sit down with Katie Krimmel to learn how Bryn Mawr sets their students up for career success. Katie Krimmel is the Associate Dean of the Career and Civic Engagement Center where she works closely with students, faculty, staff, and alums to create opportunities for personal and professional development. In Part 1 of Exploring Your Paths, Katie explains how Bryn Mawr’s liberal arts education provides students with versatile skill sets necessary for post-graduation career environments. Continue reading

Staying Social During the Pandemic

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Students on Carpenter Beach

Everyone going into this past semester was confused and unsure of what campus life during a pandemic would look like. Would there be a safe way to socialize and be with friends? Would we still get the Bryn Mawr experience? 

definitely was not prepared for how much I would miss dorm living and the constant energy of campus. It felt strange commuting to Bryn Mawr for some of my classes, but not living and eating my meals on campus. With most of my classes online, I began to realize all the things I took for granted during pre-pandemic semesters.  Continue reading

Being Your Best Self at Your College Interview

From Cindy Chea

For many students, interviews may seem like a daunting part of the college application process that they would rather skip. However, interviews aren’t meant to be scary (especially at Bryn Mawr) and they can be a great way to boost your application. Two senior interviewers, Claire Weeks, and Reyna Gariepy offer helpful tips and tricks on how to calm your nerves and what to expect so you can ace your next college interview.

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Applying Early Decision

*This is a repost of an earlier blog written by Director of Undergraduate Admissions Marissa Turchi. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that, more than ever, students have questions about whether or not they should apply early decision. The short answer: there is no right decision. For the long answer, keep reading. 

Are you currently weighing the differences between Early Decision (ED) and Regular Decision (RD)? You’re not alone – this is one of the most common admissions-related discussions for this time of year. I wish I could give you a magic formula, one that simply tells you which decision to select, but I can’t. I can tell you this – there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to going ED or RD. You just have to figure out what option is best for you and your family. Continue reading

The Same Bryn Mawr In a Different Normal

After a spring semester that was cut off so abruptly, it felt bittersweet walking through Pem Arch and into main campus again. The campus carried the usual air of excitement that comes with the beginning of a new school year. The leaves of the trees along Senior Row are just starting to color, and the hot temperatures of the summer are cooling down. But unprecedented circumstances from the pandemic have also brought new changes to campus. Instead of running up and hugging friends we haven’t seen in months, students are staying six-feet apart and giving air-hugs to one another. Everyone is masked and signs are lined against paths reminding students to socially distance. Even after a month on campus, I’m still adjusting to all the changes in this “different normal.” Continue reading

Virtual Visit Tips and Tricks

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.

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Do I Belong Here? And Other Questions about Impostor Syndrome

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