Mother of Alicia Ramirez '15

San Juan, Puerto Rico

What is your general impression of Bryn Mawr?

My first impression of Bryn Mawr was that it is known for rigorous academics and respect for the student body. I wanted my daughter to attend a prestigious school with a long history of academic excellence where she could learn from the best people in her field, and make the most out this investment that is a college education in the United States. When we first visited campus during an accepted students event, I witnessed how welcoming and kind the faculty and staff were to us but most importantly, the current students. This visit assured me that what the website and brochures say about Bryn Mawr being an inclusive community and that it goes beyond academics is absolutely true. Whenever I visit my daughter, I am reassured that this is the place for her.

Mi primera impresión de Bryn Mawr College fue que es una universidad de gran prestigio y sumo respeto para las estudiantes. Siempre quise que mi hija asistiera a una universidad con un gran historial academico donde ella pudiese aprender de los mejores profesionales segun sus intereses y asi sacarle el maximo a la inversion realizada de enviarla a una universidad en los Estados Unidos. Visitamos la universidad por primera vez cuando y ya habíamos recibido la carta d aceptaccion ya la habian aceptado, presencie cuan acogedoresfueron los profesores y el personal adminustrativo con nosotros y sobretodo con los estudiantes. Mi visita me confirmó que Bryn Mawr tiene una comunidad inclusivay que ese concepto vas mas alla de lo académico. Lo que dicen en su página web y panfletos es verdad. Cada vez que visito a mi hija, confirmo que éste es el mejor lugar para ella.

How has Bryn Mawr supported your daughter while being so far from home?

Bryn Mawr has been incredibly supportive of my daughter’s aspirations! I cannot thank the professors and other employees enough for accommodating my daughter’s needs academically and personally. Her dean, who was assigned to her when she enrolled, always makes sure she is on track to graduate on time, advises her on how to manage her course load, and provides her with any reassurance she needs during those stressful times in the semester. Also, my daughter has been fortunate to meet great colleagues but most importantly, staff members who work in her dorm that have become part of our extended family. These are the people she interacts with every day and who she shares her concerns with, and are always willing to help her when necessary.  In fact, I have gotten close to them too, and gotten to learn about their families and why my daughter credits them for being so supportive.

Bryn Mawr College le ha brindado apoyo incondicional a mi hija con todas las metas que se ha propuesto! Siempre estare agradecida por todos los acomodos que han hecho con mi hija. Su decana, quien fue asignada al momento de la matrícula, siempre ha estado atenta para asegurarse de que complete los requisitos necesarios para graduarse a tiempo, le aconseja en cuanto al manejo de su carga académica y la motiva durante los momentos agotadores del semestre. Mi hija ha tenido la suerte conocer a distintas estudiantes pero sobre todo a las empleadas que trabajan en su dormitorio quienes forman parte de nuestra familia extendida. Son personas con quienes ella se relaciona todos los días y la ayudan siempre que ella lo necesite. Al igual que ella, las he podido conocer a fondo, a sus familias y por que mi hija esta tan agradecida por su apoyo incondicional.

How have you seen your daughter change during her time at Bryn Mawr?

Alicia has always been a mature young woman. However, living on her own has given her a greater sense of independence and opportunity to meet new people with different points of view and life experiences who share the fact that they are all far from home.I am impressed by how my daughter has grown as a freethinking individual. She has the capability to thoughtfully and thoroughly analyze readings and confidently engage in discussions with others but her growth goes beyond that. Bryn Mawr College has exposed her to different ways of learning and professional opportunities so she can see the world through different eyes. She has been lucky enough to partake in internships for the past year or so, working in book publishing with the usual support of her college.

Alicia siempre ha sido una joven sumamente madura. Sin embargo, el vivir sola le ha hecho mas independiente y la oportunidad de conocer a jóvenes que han vivido distintas experiencias que ella pero comparten el hecho que estan muy lejos de sus hogares. Estoy impresionada al ver como mi hija a seguido desarrollándose como ser pensante. Tiene la capacidad de analizar textos detenidamente y participar en discusiones pero su crecimiento sobrepasa lo académico. Bryn Mawr College la ha expuesto a distintos metodos de aprendizaje y oportunidades de trabajo que le han permitido ampliar su vision del mundo. Ella ha tenido el privilegio de participar en internados desde hace aproximadamente año y medio trabajando en la industria editorial de libros con el acostumbrado apoyo de la universidad.

What advice do you have for parents?

I am proud to recommend Bryn Mawr College! I helped my daughter search for schools to apply to, and we always knew Bryn Mawr was a fantastic school for what she wanted to study. However, it was other people’s reactions to it that reassured me that my daughter was at a terrific school, and that she could not have made a better decision. Whenever people ask me where my daughter goes to college, they tend to say that it is an amazing school not just for the remarkable people who went there. Also, try to be as invested as you can with your daughter’s college research, ask her questions, and challenge her point of view. It is important that you as a parent get to know the different schools, especially if your daughter plans to go far away from home just like mine.

Recomiendo a Bryn Mawr College con mucho orgullo! Ayude a mi hija en la busqueda de universidades para solicitar y siempre sabíamos que Bryn Mawr era una universidad fenomenal para lo que ella quiería estudiar. Las reacciones de conocidos nuestros cada vez que les digo que mi hija estudia en Bryn Mawr ha hecho que reafirme que ésta es la mejor escuela para ella. Todos coinciden en decir que es una una universidad de excelencia y no sólo por las mujeres importantes que han estudiado allí. Durante la busqueda de universidades, trate de establecer con su hija las prioridades e intereses académicos. Es muy importante que sepa lo mas que pueda sobre los ofrecimientos de cada universidad especialmente si al igual que mi hija, la suya piensa estudiar lejos de casa.