Experiencing Bryn Mawr

The Bryn Mawr Honor Code and Self-Government Association affirm the importance of our academic and social communities. In what ways do you see yourself contributing to the Bryn Mawr community and how will these experiences shape your time at the College?


Think about a neighborhood. The clumsy, haphazard houses are chock-full of individual life and experience. The cars whiz busily down the street, past gargantuan rows and corners of houses and apartments brimming with families, stories, and people. They all live in the same community, but many are unconnected, divorced from neighbors and communities, the jagged rectangular puzzle split at the corners. Much like a whole cannot be a whole with the individual components lost, so a community cannot in itself be complete with its little pieces scattered in their private shells. The question of community asks whether you will be an island, quietly lost, or part of a continent, shouting and pulling to shore at the yank of the tectonic plate?

For me, inside my own tiny neighborhood right now, the exhilaration of contributing to the Bryn Mawr community means not only taking part in traditions such as May Day and Lantern Night, but by becoming an engaged member of the campus. Aside from getting an education, during my time at Bryn Mawr I want to be a part of the college: contribute to the Kaleidoscope, participate in women’s rights activism, and make connections with other students. Particularly activism, the basis of feminism is not very...

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