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Issue #3 - May 19, 2015

In this issue:


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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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