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Issue #9 – June 30, 2015

The Independence Day Issue

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Message from Dean Mancini about Independence
Happy 4th of July, also known as Independence Day.   Back in 1776, just about 12 miles from the Bryn Mawr campus, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and thereby declared independence from England. It's a nice excuse to reflect a little on independence, and especially the connections between college life and independence. 

For most of you, college will mean being more independent than you've been so far.  You'll decide when to get up, when to do laundry, what to eat.  You'll figure out when and how much to study, when you're too sick to go to class, when to request a peer tutor or go to the Writing Center.  And you'll make bigger decisions too, what classes to take, what activities to get involved, eventually what to major in and how to spend your summers -- and even what to do after college. We think you'll find that dealing with all these decisions requires you not to DECLARE independence once and for all and do it all alone but to DEVELOP independence, day by day and step by step.  And whereas the thirteen colonies declared independence FROM England, we encourage you to think of independence as something that you develop WITHIN the communities you're part of.  Within your family; within your dorm room, your Customs group, your classes; within the larger world.  You'll figure out what commitments are important to you and how to best honor those commitments.  You'll decide when to ask for help and when to offer help.  And we who work as advisers here are eager to collaborate with you as you engage in this important process. 

We're keeping this Tuesday Newsletter relatively short.  It's a short work week for us: the College is closed on Friday, July 3 (and will reopen on Monday, July 6), and many of you may be traveling or celebrating as well.  So, I’ll conclude with a quick and friendly reminder about these Summer To-Do List items with upcoming due dates:

Task

Due Date

Health Forms (paper and online)

July 1

Fall Sports Registration

July 1

Academic Integrity Tutorial

July 10

Advising Questionnaire

July 10

Emily Balch Seminar (ESem) Registration – Please see Professor Hemmeter’s June 30 message regarding the sections you’ll have the best chance of getting into

July 10

OneCard (BMC ID Card) Registration

July 10

Placement Exams for Math and Languages

July 10


Dean Michelle Mancini

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Dean Michelle Mancini

 

 

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