The Roemer family was immediately struck by Bryn Mawr during daughter Nora's (class of 2021) college visit.
How did you come to "meet" Bryn Mawr?
We planned to go to Philadelphia to attend a rock concert and decided to make a weekend of it so Nora could visit area colleges. Bryn Mawr left the deepest impression in three key ways.
First, of all the colleges we visited, Bryn Mawr was the most personal in its approach to interested high schoolers. The young women we met showed a real interest in us, and were engaging and memorable.
Second, the sense of community was palpable. At an event in The Cloisters, we overheard alumnae ask “What is your class color?” and realized that Bryn Mawr builds a lifelong relationship for its community.
Third, the beauty of the campus and its buildings was simply overwhelming.
How has Bryn Mawr helped to evolve the relationship between you and your Mawrter?
It has been an unexpected surprise to see Nora settle in so easily to college life. Her voice seems different, more assured. And it’s gratifying to hear her express, so eloquently, her observations on college life, the planet, and current affairs.
What is your favorite story about your Bryn Mawr connection?
Family Weekend was a great way to develop a sense of belonging to the Bryn Mawr community. The opportunity to meet professors by attending classes and the TED-style talks gave a real sense of the expansive learning opportunities at Bryn Mawr. Meeting other parents and their children and hearing their stories was also a real pleasure. Another important takeaway was learning about the ways Bryn Mawr supports students through initiatives such as LILAC. Even eating at the dining halls, which served outstanding fresh meals, was a means of developing a connection to Bryn Mawr.
How do you remain connected to the College today?
It’s easy to develop a passion for giving back to Bryn Mawr, not just financially, but by spreading the word about its value every chance one gets. The Alumnae Bulletin and college website are great sources for keeping up with what’s going on, such as the exciting renovations to the Park Science Center, and to learn about the Bryn Mawr Fund and the giving societies. It’s also fun to follow Bryn Mawr, professors and alumnae on social media. Bryn Mawr’s commitment to personal growth, diversity and dialogue is truly impressive. The Bryn Mawr of the future will be worth watching.