Who’s Whoo?! – Katie Krimmel

Katie Krimmel
Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean of The Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC)

Dear Class of 2020,

College is a time to engage in learning and to discover your passions and interests.  As you step foot on campus in August, you will be exposed to endless opportunities to learn about yourself.  There will be numerous experiences available to you, from classes to volunteering to internships to personal development workshops.   Another goal of LILAC is to connect you with the incredible alumnae network of Bryn Mawrters that exists across the world.  Take advantage of these resources and explore.  Each experience provides you with data about yourself and how you engage in the world around you!

LILAC’s mission is to prepare liberal arts students to be effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits.  The Center  includes a team of 15 staff members who focus on leadership, civic engagement and career and professional development.  The developmental areas  that the LILAC team hopes you will explore through programs we offer include social responsibility, communication, conceptual thinking, connection, cultural competency, implementation, and reflective practice.  We have a physical presence in the Campus Center and Cambrian Row and welcome you to drop by at any time.  There are no expectations that you come to see us with fully formed ideas about your future.  Our role is to provide guidance as you explore and learn through meaningful experiences.

Please click here and bookmark this page to learn about and sign up for programs that we will run throughout the year.  A brief sampling of what we offer includes:

Leadership and personal development through workshops, assessments, and intensive programs Explore LILAC website
Academic courses called Praxis that offer learning through connections with community organizations View Praxis Independent Study Tutorial
Exploration of post-graduation opportunities Create a Lantern Link Profile
Connection to alumnae through an Alumna-in-Residence program, International Skype Series, and the 13,000 Bryn Mawr Alumnae on LinkedIn Create  LinkedIn Profile
Student leadership opportunities such as the Leadership Empowerment Advancement Program (LEAP), Career Peers Program, and Student Coordinator roles for service programs Bookmark the LILAC Programs Calendar
Summer internship funding View 2016 Blog Postss

Making connections with faculty and staff will enhance your time here at Bryn Mawr and the LILAC team is eager to meet you and work with you over the next four years and beyond.  We hope to see you this fall!  It’s never too early to start exploring!

See you soon!


Mawrter to Mawrter Advice on Not Choosing a Major

Congratulations on attending Bryn Mawr! This will be a brand new experience for most of you and although it can be challenging, it is definitely an incredible time! Prior to starting Bryn Mawr, I wish I would have known that it is perfectly fine to not know what you want to major in. I was always concerned about solidifying my major and minor during my first semester, but it is important to branch out and to learn beyond of what you already know. Attending a liberal arts college like Bryn Mawr helps incoming students (and also returning students) to identify what they might or might not like in selecting their studies. Although you will all have different experiences and interests prior to your start of Bryn Mawr, it is important to take a wide variety of classes during your first semester in order to really take advantage of what Bryn Mawr has to offer.  –Catherine Bunza ‘18

A short note from Yeidaly ’19, about Placement Exams


First off, CONGRATS!

Welcome to Bryn Mawr College, I’m sure you are just as excited to be a part of this community as we are to welcome you. Today, I want to talk about placement exams. Placement exams are extremely important. Please do not put them off! It will be really helpful when you are trying to pick classes to know which class you were actually placed into.

Once you find your placement results, do not be discouraged if you do not place as highly as you thought you would. During your first semester, a course that includes some review is a great refresher before you get into a class with all new material. On the other hand, if you feel ready for the next step up, email the faculty contact person and speak to them as too why you feel you should be able to take the more challenging course. Professors and deans are a good source of advice when it comes to courses.

Finally, there is a period at the beginning of the semester called Shopping Week. During shopping week, you get to “shop” classes and see if you think a class is for you. So let’s say you do place into the higher-level class but you feel like you aren’t prepared, you can shop both the higher level and lower level class and pick which one would be for you.

Good luck and can’t wait to see you on campus!


                                                                                                                        Yeidaly Mejia ’19