Bryn Mawr College '15
Majoring in Neuroscience
Member since 11/14/2009
Walls are thin everywhere, and a lot of dorms have mouse problems. They have to renovate a lot of them because they are old buildings. And a lot of them arentt built for tall people!
It's not hard to get a single, just try to live in Haffner. Bathrooms tend to be average at best.
Haffner is very antisocial, so don't live there as a freshman unless you don't like meeting new people. Brecon is really far away but apparently pretty quiet, probably because no one wants to trek all the way there just to make noise.
I grew up here so I'm used to the weather. You gotta pack a lot of clothes if you're not local because we do have weather extremes- we can run the gamut from 100+ degrees in the summer to 0 in the winter. And bring rain boots and an umbrella because it likes to rain! PA weather is unpredictable and in the spring it might be 45 one day and 70 the next.
Some of the science courses can be really tough because some professors want to "weed out the weak" or something, and truthfully, the humanities seem really weak and easy! I guess if you're into the humanities and just want a high GPA this is a good place. But some departments are absolutely FANTASTIC and many of the professors really do care. Overall the classes are pretty hit or miss though.
Some of the best departments in my opinion? Psychology, the languages, chemistry. Linguistics seems popular but that department is shared by Bryn Mawr/Haverford/Swarthmore Colleges.
I am a Psychology major and I really enjoy the program. You learn a lot, and don't just memorize facts- the assignments given are generally pretty thought-provoking and aren't just designed to make you recite memorized facts. All of the Psych professors seem really cool, though I haven't had a few of them. Many of them are still very active in research, and will offer research positions and ask for undergrad help. Even as a freshman I was offered a summer job doing low-level work in a rat lab! I just wish they would talk more about what we could do AFTER we graduate, because that hasn't really been touched on much.
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