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Like any highly-rated liberal arts college, Bryn Mawr provides a stellar education to a vibrant student body on a campus so beautiful that sometimes it looks surreal. During the school year, especially in the dead of winter, it is easy to overlook these tremendous offerings and instead focus on the massive amount of work, as it contrasts to what can seem like a dearth of social opportunities. These are the times where some freshmen consider transferring.
Traditions help lighten the mood on campus, and despite what seems to be stress oozing out of every pore, most students manage to do a lot more than just handle their school work-though everyone agrees that academics is a priority. In the end, students are most proud of their academic work, but also fond of the school and experiences that they had here. Mawrters come to Bryn Mawr to benefit from the faculty and coursework the school is known for. Some women find the lack of boys on campus difficult to adjust to, or they find the general smallness of the campus undesirable, but in the end, most stay for the same reason they came: academics. When it's over, few look back on the decision with regret.
There is some shopping and lots of restaurants in Bryn Mawr, but everything is pretty expensive and if you want to get off campus and do something fun (i.e. concerts, museums, shows), you usually will have to go into Philadelphia, which is a 20 minute train ride away. Bryn Mawr College gives 6 free round-trip tickets per student per semester for this purpose.
Nightlife here is pretty good so far, being near Philly lets you go to concerts, bars, and great restaurants. Campus safety is very relaxed so you can pretty much do what you want on and off campus
To be honest I am a freshman and so far I am loving it. It is super easy to meet people in the tri-co and its awesome to have the option of going out in the city when you get bored. I love the small classes but the large variety that comes along with being in a consortium
It's the northeast. It's cold but thankfully the walk to most classes is less than eight minutes so even when the day is ugly you can stay out of it for the most part.
Academics in general is fine. I am a senior and I'm extremely frustrated with Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship program. I'm taking RUSS 390 and the class is not what I expected. They told me it's going to prepare me for life and work in Russia, but it's just a very monotonous literature class. I don't understand why it's called Pre-Professionals: we don't discuss current events, Russian news, what Russians think about different issues, we don't talk about politics or culture. I stayed in the class because I didn't have a choice. It's not preparing me for next year in St. Petersburg at all. Working with the tutor was helpful, I enjoyed it. Other than that not so good. Anybody having similar experiences with Flagship classes?
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