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Issue #3 - May 19, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar
  • Meet the Deans
  • Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
  • Health Forms – (paper and electronic forms) – DUE JULY 1
  • Work Over the Summer to Pay for Fall Semester Books and Transportation
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Self-Care during Your Senior Year
  • Call for Self-Care Tips!
  • Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Profile of Self-Care at BMC Intern Palak Bhandari '16

 

Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar

Dear Members of the Class of 2019,

I am so happy to add my voice to those welcoming you to Bryn Mawr.  I watched the members of the Class of 2015 graduate on Saturday, with great pride in their accomplishments and excitement to see where life takes them next.  While I am sad to see them go, I know that their departure is what creates the space that you will fill. 
 
One of the best things about my job, aside from the opportunity to get to know Bryn Mawr students, is the wonderful group of people I work with here.  Since all of you will have a dean during your time here, let me start by letting you learn a little more about my fellow deans.  We all share a commitment to our students and to their academic and personal growth.  We all love working in a residential liberal arts college, where learning happens not just in class but everywhere. But we're also all individuals with quirks and idiosyncrasies, as you will see on the Meet the Deans page.

Over the next few weeks, you will receive more information about the things we need you to do this summer in order to prepare for your first semester at Bryn Mawr.  Please continue to check your Bryn Mawr email address and visit www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents for updates.  In early June, you will receive a packet in the mail with your Summer To-Do List and the first issue of The Lantern, which will help you better understand the BMC curriculum and how to build a fall schedule.  For those of you traveling or working at camps this summer, please keep in mind that most of the summer tasks require internet access to complete, so please factor that in to your plans.  If you have any questions along the way, we are available to help you at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

Along with all the deans, I can’t wait to meet all of you at the end of the summer and look forward to getting to know you over the next four years.Dean Judy Balthazar

Best wishes,

Judy Balthazar
Dean of Studies and Interim Dean of the College



Bryn Mawr deans Meet the Deans
Who are these deans, anyway?  See the deans (posing with their favorite owls) and find out which dean is a Bob Marley fan, was an archeology and music major, loves cats, makes a mean flourless chocolate torte, or wants to tango across Argentina on the Meet the Deans page.

 

Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
So far, over half of the Class of 2019 has submitted their Housing Preference Form at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/housing_form.html. If you haven’t done so already, please complete this form by June 1.  Anne DeHart ’18 Photo of dorm room in Erdmanshares her thoughts on the housing form below (see this week’s Mawrter to Mawrter).  Housing and roommate assignments will be emailed to your Bryn Mawr College email address in the first week of August.

 

Health Forms – (paper and electronic forms) – DUE JULY 1
The paper Health Service Form you received in the mail is due July 1. Since this form requires consultation with your health care provider, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead.  Make an appointment with your health care provider to complete the Health Service Form, which was mailed to you. This will include a physical exam, lab work and any required immunizations that you are missing. Please be sure to obtain a copy of your immunization records from your provider so that you can fill out your immunization information online after June 1.

1.  A paper Health Service Form, which has been mailed to you, needs to be completed by your health care provider.  The information on this form provides our staff with an overview of your health status and alerts the staff to any significant health concerns. 

2.  All REQUIRED immunizations, noted as such on page 3 of the Health Service Form, need to be obtained.  Your health care provider should have a copy of your immunizations.  He or she should check that you have received all required immunizations and tests.

3.  Please return the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office. 

4. AFTER JUNE 1, please complete your Medical History via the Patient Portal. (The link to the Patient Portal can also be found on the left hand side of the Health Center’s Information for New Students page.)  Please be aware that the information found in the Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form. 

5. AFTER JUNE 1, enter your Immunization information via the Patient Portal.

Questions about this process? Please review the Health Center’s Information for New Students or email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.

 

Work Over the Summer to Pay for Fall Semester Books and Transportation
A message from Student Financial Services:

  • Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to pay for books, supplies, and personal expenses.
  • Current estimates of Fall 2015 non-billed expenses are $500 for books and supplies and $500 for personal expenses. Transportation costs will vary from student to student.
  • Students may use on campus earnings to pay for Spring 2016 non-billed expenses.
  • Anticipated problems should be discussed with your financial aid counselor.  Email Student Financial Services at sfs@brynmawr.edu to connect with help.

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Mawrter to Mawrter logoAnne DeHart ’18 shares the joys of a good roommate relationship and highlights the importance of sharing your preferences and habits on the Housing Preference Form.

“Dear future Mawrters,

Let me tell you about my experience with my roommate and share some tips about them. I was very nervous about roommate assignment and filled out the form a little too well. It must have done the trick because I got matched with the most amazing roommate I could have imagined. Not only are we super compatible and great friends but we also can give each other space and live responsibly together. Now I know that I (and lots of people I know of) got lucky, but a great roommate certainly doesn’t have to be your best friend. Just remember to communicate your preferences and be considerate of theirs. Relationships between roommates can still get tough, but you should always try your best to work things out. Having said this, your roommate assignments are by no means fixed! When you come here, there are so many people who will help you sort out issues like these. So, things to keep in mind: don’t stress, take your roommate assignment form [Housing Preference Form] seriously, try to make it work and know that whoever you may get, it will all work out.”

- Anne DeHart ‘18


Self-Care during Your Senior Year
Self-Care at BMC logoRight now many of you are taking final exams, preparing for graduation, spending quality time with friends and family, and planning for your summer. While the end of your senior year is an incredibly exciting time, it can also be stressful as you fulfill many important academic and personal commitments. Some members of the Self-Care at BMC Committee have offered self-care tips to help you find a sense of balance and focus during this time of transition.

Intellectual Self-Care
“Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused when you are reading, writing, or studying. Working in fixed blocks of time and building in fun rewards can help you stay motivated. Also, staying hydrated, eating brain foods (nuts, fruits, greens), and making time for activity, can help keep your mind sharp and give you the recharge you need to focus."
- Rachel Heiser, Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

Emotional Self-Care
“The culmination of the senior year of high school is one of excitement, relief, anticipation and heightened stress. Making time to slow things down, reflecting on your experiences and tuning in to how you're feeling are important components of maintaining your emotional health. Other strategies for sustaining your emotional health include: sharing your feelings with others, setting boundaries by saying ‘no’ when you need to, continually cultivating a strong support network by staying connected with people who care about you, intentionally making time to relax, and feeling good about who you are. These skills will continue to serve you well as you embark on your BMC journey in the fall and beyond Bryn Mawr College.”
- Reggie Jones, Director of Counseling Services

Social Self-Care
“The social side of self-care is how you use your time outside of the academic realm, whether that is getting involved in clubs, volunteer opportunities or other events on and around campus. For me, the social aspect of self-care means going out to Philly with friends, going out to eat and attending South Asian cultural events but also just reminding myself that college is not just work but also play.”
- Palak Bhandari ’16, Self-Care at BMC Intern

To learn more about Self-Care at BMC, check out the Self-Care Blog and Self-Care at BMC Facebook page.


Call for Self-Care Tips!
How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling stressed?  What do you do to maintain a sense of balance in your life?  Whether it’s meditating in your room or playing UPTOWN FUNK on a continuous loop, we want to know! Share your self-care tip at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/selfcare-tips/.

If you submit your self-care tip by Friday, June 5, your name will be entered into a raffle for $50 to be added to your OneCard, your college id card. (You can use your OneCard at the dining halls, campus cafes and the campus bookstore.) The winner will be announced during Customs Week.


Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Profile of Self-Care at BMC Intern Palak Bhandari '16 Palak Bhandari '16
This week we're profiling rising senior and Self-Care at BMC Intern Palak Bhandari '16. Palak, who also serves as a Peer Mentor, is one of several friendly faces you'll find around in Guild Hall (home to the student services offices at BMC).

  • My roles on campus: Peer Mentor, Self-Care at BMC Intern, former president of BMC South Asian Students
  • Majors: Growth & Structure of Cities & International Studies
  • Favorite book: This is a toss-up between the complete works of Sherlock Holmes & Grimm's Fairy Tales.
  • Dream vacation spot: I know this might sound cheesy, but I have always wanted to go to the moon and back.
  • Favorite BMC tradition: Lantern Night (especially when you get to watch the ceremony from the Cloisters Roof!)
  • Favorite course during my first year: Urban Culture & Society (or CITY 185, the course that attracted me to my major in the first place)
  • Favorite movie: I don't think I have one. If I did, it would probably be a Bollywood movie. Or The 100-Foot Journey.  
  • Favorite spot on campus: I honestly like floating around but I would have to say my favorite place is the bench outside the Pensby Center because it offers a great view of campus but also is a great space to take a moment to myself, especially at night.
  • Clubs/activities I've joined: South Asian Students and the varsity Badminton Team
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Follow your instincts but also be open to new opportunities.
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college: That sometimes the most random conversations can lead to meaningful actions (including how I became the Self-Care @ BMC Intern!)
  • How I practice self-care at BMC: I try to make sure to keep a balance when it comes to exercise, juggling my responsibilities on campus and having fun. For me, this means making sure to see a variety of people each day but also making sure that I have my own space (my room) to come back to.
  • Best BMC memory (so far): Friday of Hell Week I got to do bhangra (a traditional South Asian dance) in a panda hat during lunch. I did not think much of it until I watched the video and realized that I got Anassed [the Bryn Mawr College cheer]. That was both really fun but also a confidence booster for a young first year still getting used to life at Bryn Mawr.

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Issue #2 - May 12, 2015

In this issue:

  • Message from Mary Beth Horvath
  • Welcome from Jasmine Rangel '17 and Celeste Ledesma '17, Tradition Mistresses
  • Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
  • Health Forms – DUE JULY 1
  • Important Information Regarding your BMC Email
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • May Day Photos
  • BMC Class of 2019 Facebook
  • FAQs for Entering Students
  • Do you love libraries and technology?
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Deb Alder


Message from Mary Beth Horvath

Dear Entering Students,

Bryn Mawr is a college rich in history and tradition. The College's traditions establish a sense of community that last beyond the confines of the four-year college experience. As a new student you will share these experiences with every person who attends the college! Below our Traditions Mistresses, Jasmine Rangel and Celeste Ledesma, share information about each tradition and provide a little bit about themselves. You can learn more about our traditions by visiting http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/traditions.shtml.

Mary Beth Horvath
Director of Student Activities & Orientation
Advisor to Traditions


Welcome + Explanation of Traditions
Hi there Class of ‘19, McBrides and transfers! We are so excited to have you on campus in September and are looking forward to getting to know you. We, Jasmine Rangel and Celeste Ledesma, will be your Traditions Mistresses for next year. Bryn Mawr has many traditions to welcome new students and they each welcome you in different ways. Parade Night celebrates your arrival, Lantern Night passes down the light of knowledge, Hell Week praises you for your uniqueness and quirks, and May Day allows you to bid farewell to seniors and commemorate the end of your first year.

May Day photoMay Day is the last tradition of the year and is a time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of friends before the frenzy of finals. Students spend the day lounging, eating food and enjoying good music. It begins with the seniors waking up our president followed by a breakfast of champions, strawberries and cream, then a parade to start off the celebration and a day of fun. The night ends with Step Sing as the seniors say their final goodbyes and juniors claim their role as seniors on campus. View the 2015 May Day photos!

We are truly excited for your arrival and are looking forward to making these traditions an enjoyable experience for all of you. We hope that you are having a great summer and that you have some time to relax before arriving on campus.

Traditions Love,

Jasmine and Celeste
Jamine and Celeste

About Jasmine:

Hi, I’m Jasmine Rangel, class of ‘17, a chemistry major from Houston, Texas. This year I was a part of the basketball team and have been involved with the affinity group Mujeres for the past two years. I’ve gotten to discover the campus over the course of these two years and still find new places all the time. My favorite place on campus has to be behind Goodhart auditorium, it has beautiful view and my favorite place to study is the Campus Center.

Here are some other little fun facts about myself: my favorite movie is Pan’s Labyrinth, favorite book is Night by Elie Wiesel, and my favorite dessert is tres leches cake. This summer I’m working with Breakthrough Houston a program for students who want to get ahead for the upcoming year. I will be a chemistry teacher for 8th graders.

A tip for your first year at BMC would be not to be afraid to ask for help; sometimes it can feel like everyone has it together and you’re the only one not getting it but that’s not true. Ask professors, other students or even friends for help, everyone is willing and it’s how we pull each other up.

And something I love about Philadelphia is that since it’s a new city to me so there are so many things to discover. There are so many things to do that you  can go into the city without a plan and just find something to do once you’re there.


About Celeste:

Hi, I’m Celeste Ledesma, class of 2017, and I’m from El Paso, Texas! Over the past two years I have been involved in the affinity clubs Mujeres, for Latin American students, and Zami, a club for LGBTQ+ students of color. I am also a member of the bi-co rugby team.

I fell in love with Bryn Mawr’s campus the first time I visited, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know different parts of campus. One of my favorite outdoors places to hang out with friends and do homework is the cloisters, and one of my favorite indoors places is the Quita Woodward room in Thomas.

A few more fun things to know about me is as follows: my favorite dining hall food item is barbeque chicken pizza, my favorite dessert is tiramisu, and I have two corgis that I adore named Thelma and Penny.

As I offer a tip for those starting out at Bryn Mawr, I can’t help but branch off of what Jasmine previously said: it is important to ask for help and it is also important to ask questions. Don’t worry about sounding new or unknowing. Every student that is here now was once brand new to BMC and had to or at least wanted to ask the questions that are most likely on your mind as well.


Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1Photo of dorm room at BMC
The Housing Preference Form at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/housing_form.html is due June 1. Housing and roommate assignments will be emailed to your Bryn Mawr College email address in the first week of August.

Health Forms – (paper and electronic forms) -DUE JULY 1
The paper Health Service Form you received in the mail is due July 1. Since this form requires consultation with your health care provider, it’s good idea to start planning ahead.  Make an appointment with your health care provider to complete the Health Service Form, which was mailed to you. This will include a physical exam, lab work and any required immunizations that you are missing. Please be sure to obtain a copy of your immunization records from your provider so that you can fill out your immunization information online after June 1.

1.  A paper Health Service Form, which has been mailed to you, needs to be completed by your health care provider.  The information on this form provides our staff with an overview of your health status and alerts the staff to any significant health concerns. 

2.  All REQUIRED immunizations, noted as such on page 3 of the Health Service Form, need to be obtained.  Your health care provider should have a copy of your immunizations.  He or she should check that you have received all required immunizations and tests.

3.  Please return the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office. 

4. AFTER JUNE 1, please complete your Medical History via the Patient Portal. (The link to the Patient Portal can also be found on the left hand side of the Health Center’s Information for New Students page.)  Please be aware that the information found in the Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form. 

5. AFTER JUNE 1, enter your Immunization information via the Patient Portal.

Questions about this process? Please review the Health Center’s Information for New Students or email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.


Important Information Regarding Your BMC Email
Have you checked your Bryn Mawr email lately? 

It's good idea to get in the practice of checking this account regularly.  This is the email address the College will use to send official communications to you throughout the summer and all four years at Bryn Mawr.  See the  message from the Dean’s Office and Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) which provides important information on email usage policies, as well as instructions on how to set up your BMC email account, sync it to your smartphone or mobile device, forward your emails, and reset your password. Remember, you can access your email at webmail.brynmawr.edu.

Email questions or problems? Contact the Help Desk at  610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu.  The Help Desk summer hours are 9am-noon and 1pm-5pm Monday through Friday. 

 

Mawrter to Mawrter:  Advice from the Class of 2018

Mawrter to Mawrter logo
Each week, a member of the class of 2018 will impart some friendly advice to help you prepare for your transition to college and life at the Mawr.  This week, Nikki Westerduin '18 offers her advice about checking your Bryn Mawr emails.

“If you're reading this, you're doing a great job so far! I have three words of advice for you that will prove invaluable during your time here: CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Seriously, the Bryn Mawr email is like a magic portal of opportunity. I've been able to participate in so many amazing activities, clubs, performances, free cupcakes, etc. just because I received emails informing me of them.  Fun events and serious information about Bryn Mawr will be sent right to you, such as how to start looking into internships or what resources you have for support.  There are so many great opportunities you can explore here at Bryn Mawr, and this is a great way to make sure you're aware of them! Anyway, that's all I have for you. Email - it can be a beautiful tool, and if you decide to use it, you'll be just fine.” – Nikki Westerduin '18


BMC Class of 2019 Facebook Page
For more photos and posts of these marvelous May weeks on campus, featuring May Day, the Self-Care @ BMC flash mob, senior week and more, check out the BMC Class of 2019 Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/bmc2019.


FAQs for Entering Students
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

The left hand menu of the Entering Students Website includes a link to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.  Have additional questions?  Through the weeks until the start of college, contact us with your questions at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu. We will update the FAQ page throughout the summer.  

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Do you love libraries and technology? Bryn Mawr College Library & Information Technology Services
Our three libraries (Canaday, Carpenter and Collier) and our technology Help Desk (located in Canaday) are central to campus life at Bryn Mawr. Follow Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with library and technology news, tips and events!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrynMawrLITS
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrynMawrLITS


Access Services for Students with Disabilities
Are you a student with physical, medical, emotional or psychological challenges?

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the college community, providing support and reasonable accommodations when necessary through our Access Services office.  For additional information, please visit the Access Services web page at http://www.brynmawr.edu/access_services/ or contact Deb Alder, the Coordinator of Access Services, at dalder@brynmawr.edu.


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Deb Alder
Learn a little bit about Coordinator of Access Services Deb Alder:

  • What I do:  I am the coordinator of services for anyone on campus who has a learning, physical, medical or psychological disability. My job is to ensure that these individuals have access to all aspects of our campus community.  I also provide academic support to a small group of students.
  • My major in college: Special Education (undergrad) & Clinical Psychology (graduate)
  • Favorite book:  I love to read so I cannot possibly pick one favorite!  One of my favorites from childhood is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  However, I am particularly drawn to mysteries and biographies.
  • Dream vacation spot:  the Swiss Alps
  • Favorite memory from freshman year:  Just hanging out in the dorm with my friends…
  • Favorite dessert:  chocolate ice cream
  • Favorite spot on campus:  Merion Green
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: any a cappella group (but, first, I’d have to be able to sing, which I can’t!)
  • Tip for freshman year:  Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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Issue #1 - May 5, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome BMC Class of 2019!
  • Arrival Information
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • Tri-College Summer Institute (Tri-Co)
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Mary Beth Horvath, Director of Student Activities & Orientation

WELCOME BMC CLASS OF 2019!

Dear Entering Students,

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to Bryn Mawr College! I’m thrilled that you will be joining our community!

As an entering student, you are bound to have questions about how you can prepare over the summer. I hope to help make your transition as smooth as possible and have several ways for you to learn about your summer requirements.

Each Tuesday you will receive our Tuesday Newsletter to your @brynmawr.edu email address. This newsletter will provide you with important information about your summer to-do list. Please be sure to read the newsletter each week and respond to anything you are asked to complete.

The Entering Students Website is where you will be able to find frequently asked questions, reminders about upcoming deadlines in your summer to-do list, past issues of the Tuesday Newsletter, and more. This website is continuously updated and is an excellent source for everything you need to know this summer.

Your first issue of The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year will be sent to you in June. The Lantern is your guide to academic life at Bryn Mawr and offers valuable information as you plan your course schedule and think about your academic future.

When you arrive in August, your first few days at Bryn Mawr will be spent participating in Customs, our required new student orientation program. Throughout Customs you will encounter different experiences to help acquaint you with both the academic and social aspects of Bryn Mawr. Current students, called Customs People, will help you throughout Customs and all year long in the residence halls. Come prepared to meet new people and make new friends. You will receive a letter from your Customs People in August. They are very excited to meet you!

Make the most of your time before coming to Bryn Mawr and enjoy your summer! I look forward to meeting and getting to know you during Customs this fall! You can get to know a little bit about me by reading my Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr profile in this issue! Mary Beth Horvath

If you have questions prior to your arrival, please contact us at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Horvath
Director of Student Activities & Orientation

 

Arrival Information
New students move in and begin on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 during the first day of Customs, the required orientation for all new undergraduate students. Move-in and visits to assigned rooms are not permitted prior to August 26. 

Students on non-immigrant visas are expected to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) sessions and to arrive and move into their rooms on Monday, August 24.

Fall athletes on teams with summer training camps and volunteer participants in the Tri-College Summer Institute arrive on the dates specified by their group leaders in their invitation letters.

All ISO participants, fall athletes, and Tri-Co Institute participants join Customs on Wednesday, August 26. Detailed arrival information can be found on the Arrival and Move-in Information section of the Entering Students Website.

 

Access Services
If you are an entering student who had an IEP in high school and/or has a medical, emotional, physical or psychological disability, we encourage you to connect with Bryn Mawr Access Services office.

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the College community. The Access Services office provides individualized support and reasonable accommodations for eligible students with learning, physical, or psychological disorders.  Contact the Coordinator of Access Services Deb Alder at dalder@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-7351.

 

International Student Orientation (ISO)ISO 2014 participants
If you are attending Bryn Mawr on the (F-1) Student or the (J-1) Exchange Visitor Visa, you are required to participate in International Student Orientation (ISO) beginning on Monday, August 24, 2015. ISO is designed to help you become acquainted with life in the U.S. and here at the College.

Students participating in ISO will be housed in the dorm rooms on campus in which they are assigned for the year. Meal passes to eat in the dining facilities will be provided.  Parents, family members and friends accompanying new students should arrange for their housing at local hotels.  They will be invited to an information session during the early part of ISO.

ISO helps incoming international students get settled in Bryn Mawr.  Participants will meet other new international students, become acquainted with the campus, begin to learn the greater Philadelphia area, and have the opportunity to take care of practical matters such as opening a bank account, shopping for essentials, and applying for a U.S. Social Security number. ISO activities keep participants busy from morning until night and offer many informal and fun chances to share experiences with your fellow classmates.  Additional information about ISO will be sent with the I-20 or DS-2019 form by the Pensby Center Office of International Services and Advising.

New international students should review the information at the following web page often during the summer:  
http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/international/students/new_students/pre_arrival.html#Arrival

 

Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co)Tri-Co 2014 Participants and SRPs
The Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co) is an orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice. The institute focuses on the ways in which such power dynamics relate to race, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion; participants will explore how these social identities relate to one another. The goal of the program is to enable first-year students to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life; and learn how to become effective social agents for change within their own institutions, in the United States and the world.

Tri-Co 2015 will take place from August 18-24. Participants should enter the program with the understanding that they will engage in a process of development and change as they learn about themselves, their identity groups, systems of power and their institutions. All entering first-year students who are not participating in ISO or early-returning athletes are invited to apply; however, spaces are limited to 20 participants. Those selected should plan to arrive on campus Tuesday morning, August 18. Students in Tri-Co will be able to move into their academic year rooms at that time.

More information can be found at  http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/trico.html. Applications will be available beginning May 18.

 

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018Mawrter to Mawrter logo
It wasn't too long ago that the Class of 2018 was in your shoes.  Each week, a member of the Dark Blue class will impart some friendly advice to help you prepare for your transition to college and life at the Mawr.  This week, Sarah Miller '18 shares her experiences as an international student.

"I’m half American but have lived in Copenhagen, Denmark all my life. Although I’m part American, I experienced daily mini-culture shocks in the beginning. People don’t hug to greet one another, they are raised with less independence than I am used to, etc.  Being an international student can be tough at times, especially around breaks when everyone is getting excited to go home and see their families. Or when you’re sick or feeling down, or something that you usually share with your family comes around (like birthdays or holidays) and your closest family suddenly seems very far away. I won’t try to romanticize it. But at Bryn Mawr, there are so many international students that you never feel alone with these feelings. And when I think of my friends back home, I know that they will still be there whenever I come back, and in the meantime I’m just enjoying making even more friends here."   - Sarah Miller '18

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Mary Beth Horvath, Director of Student Activities & Orientation

  • What I do: As the Director of Student Activities and Orientation I strive to create a vibrant student community on campus. I oversee the Activities Assistants who help me plan a variety of programs to help students develop healthy and meaningful relationships with others, learn about themselves, and develop leadership and life skills. Many of those activities also help students take a break from their studies when they need it. The Activities Assistants also help students learn about Philadelphia and all the great places you can explore and fun things you can do in the city. I work directly with a number of student led clubs and activities to help them plan engaging events for the campus community to enjoy. I’m the advisor to Traditions and work closely with the Traditions Mistresses to help create a sense of community on campus. I also oversee the Customs program, our new student orientation program, and work with the Customs committee and Customs People to help new students acclimate to the College.  
  • My majors in college: Music and Environmental Studies at Dickinson College
  • Favorite movie: Grease!
  • Favorite dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Favorite spot on campus: I love the Campus Center!
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: WHRC, Social Committee, Film Series… I was involved in clubs like these at my undergraduate institution.
  • Favorite way to start the day: Having breakfast with my cMary Beth Horvath's cat Maxat Max. Just look at how cute he is!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Be open to meeting new people, exploring new interests, learning about other cultures, getting involved, and ask for help if you need it! Everyone is here to help you succeed in whatever you choose to do. Also, explore Philadelphia! Philly is a city rich in culture, with world class museums and restaurants, theater, sporting events, and so much more.
  • What I like about working with new students: Their excitement, enthusiasm, and ambition!
  • Favorite thing about my job: Working with and getting to know students. And planning events for the community.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Running, crochet, reading, trying new restaurants, watching TV, hanging out with my husband and cats Max and Sam. Here’s Sam, just because.

    Mary Beth Horvath's cat Sam

 

 

 



  • My secret talent: I make awesome breads and jams! And I crochet stuffed animals.
  • Nickname:  MB
  • On my summer to-do list: Plan a great Customs experience for the Class of 2019!

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