Student Voices Stories

Sofia Azuara '25

Actualizing Dreams through the BMC Reading Series: Sofia Azuara '25

Hometown: Houston, TX

"Not only is it a wonderful experience for the students to listen to published authors speak, but it's also a step in actualizing our dreams."

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Major Moment: Biochemistry and French with Lia Wong-Fodor '26

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

"Every course I take continues to confirm my passion for biochemistry and French, offering new opportunities to develop my understanding of each subject from a different perspective."

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All dressed up for May Day

Lia Wong-Fodor '26

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

"Bryn Mawr students are a force to be reckoned with—changemakers may seem like a cliché term, but our students are really driven to create the world they want to see."

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Annalise Ashman

Annalise Ashman '24

Hometown: Tyrone, GA

“I knew that something I wanted in a community was to feel part of something bigger than myself, and that’s here at Bryn Mawr.”

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Maggie Pavao

Maggie Pavao '25

Hometown: Belmont, CA

"I never thought of myself as a really independent person, but I feel like college really allows you to explore that."

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Olivia Flores

Olivia Flores '26

Hometown: Napa, CA

"There are so many different interests and parts of yourself you’ll find at Bryn Mawr that you don't even know exist yet."

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan '24

Hometown: Centennial, CO

"My college search wasn’t only about where I would get the most playing time or which team I liked the most—a lot of my decision was about the fact that I really liked Bryn Mawr as a school, I really liked the people here, and I wanted to be here whether or not I was playing soccer."

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Maya Hofstetter

Maya Hofstetter '25

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD

"At Bryn Mawr, there’s never a question if a student is capable of something—it’s assumed that they are."

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Major Moment: Literatures in English with Bethany Wisdom '24

Hometown: Llanelli, Wales, UK

"Enjoy the process of exploring and growing, it will only give you more clarity and more chances to discover what you really love learning!"

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Abby Fortune, Emma Gross, and Ava Blumber at Taft Garden during the summer

Major Moment: International Studies with Emma Gross '25

Hometown: Ottsville, PA

"The best thing you can do is allow yourself to explore and try as many new things as possible and then run with what feels the most exciting."

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Adalia Rodriguez '24 at Grand Canyon

Major Moment: Geology with Adalia Rodriguez '24

Hometown: Boston, MA

"While we can sit and spend hours on these topics in the classroom, nothing can top being out in the field and seeing how geology from millions to billions of years ago is represented in the modern world."

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Isabelle Stid, Helen Ehrlich, and Lia Wong-Fodor walking past Carpenter Library

Major Moment: History with Helen Ehrlich '24

Hometown: Reston, VA

"Even if you think you know exactly what you want to do in the future, be open to a variety of different paths."

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