The nightlife stinks, it’s too darn strict, and students constantly battle the fear of four years of celibacy. Hold on, why do Wellesley students love this place again? Oh, right—the academics rock, it’s possible to make shockingly amazing friends, the campus is gorgeous, and graduates wind up with a prestigious name on their diplomas. Some students might feel they’re missing out by coming to Wellesley, while others say they’re gaining incredible resources of support, critical thinking, and endurance. Whether or not they’re happy about it, this latter group is right.
A community like Wellesley College would be difficult to achieve in a coed environment because living at Wellesley is like living with 2,300 sisters—you complain, you fight, and you talk about sex in ridiculously frank ways. You hate and love each other at the same time. Wellesley is intense and bizarre, both restrictive and liberating. Students learn to adapt, or they learn to overcome.