Staying Overnight Makes a Difference

From Andrea Lirio

Why you should definitely consider and overnight and what to expect.

The long wait is over! You’ve finally heard back from colleges and now you’ve got some decisions to make. Before buying college merch and posting your decision on social media, you should definitely consider having an overnight stay. An overnight is extremely important in figuring out if the college’s culture and offerings fit you. Going for an overnight visit or visiting the campus in general is an important tool to help you choose a school that’s perfect for you!

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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?

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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.

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Taking Time to Get Involved

From Andrea Lirio

It’s never too late to join schools clubs and organizations!

The first semester of college is a whirlwind — there are so many people to meet, new places to explore, things to try, and organizations to join. During my first semester, I was overwhelmed with all of the options. To ease my way into Bryn Mawr’s community, I decided to focus on classes, exploring campus and the areas around us, and spending time making friends. Now in my second semester, I feel more adjusted to college life and ready to join a few organizations.

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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?

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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.

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Participating in Class Discussions

From Andrea Lirio

Starting college with the fear of speaking up in class, and how I overcame it.

I’ve always had a fear of speaking up in class. When I was in high school, I had trouble speaking up in class because I hated getting answers wrong. You speak up in class, and your teacher tells you you’re wrong in front of all of your classmates. How embarrassing! It’s not easy to put yourself out there and throughout the years, I grew more uncomfortable participating in class discussions. In coming to Bryn Mawr, I hoped to break out of my shell and face my fear of speaking in class.

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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. 

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That’s a Wrap!

From Andrea Lirio

At the End of Term Feast with friends!

That’s a wrap! I’ve completed the first semester of my college career! I genuinely can’t believe it. I’ve successfully completed the Emily Balch Seminar, the THRIVE Seminar, Intermediate Spanish, Intro to Sociology, and Intro to Urban Studies! This semester has gone by faster than I thought it would. I wish I could rewind and do it all over again! 

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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.  

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