Some Advice from the Peer Mentors

Starting college, like any new experience, can be nerve wracking and exciting. Often students (myself included) spend a lot of time fretting over the little things and trying to make everything perfect. Don’t. Things are not going to be perfect and there will be (many) hiccups along the way and that is okay! That’s what makes this experience so memorable. Just know that others are on the same boat as you and that you can always reach out if you need help. Be excited! (You made it to college!)

– Mehendi Siraj ’19

For pretty much all of you, college is going to be a completely new experience. There will be things that you will have to learn how to handle that were never present in high school. You will be pushed and challenged in new and exciting ways. That being said, you will most likely find that the plans that you come in with about how you want your experience to go are not the plans that you will have after your first year. Don’t be afraid to explore new topics or topics that interested you in the past that you never thought to pursue. You will learn things about yourself that you never knew, and that will greatly affect how your plans change. Let these changes happen because you will find that they are overwhelmingly for the better. Whether you come to BMC with a plan or vague ideas of your future or no clue at all, allowing yourself to be open to the journey you are about to embark on will make your experience at Bryn Mawr even better than it already will be.

-Precious Robinson ‘19

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

College will come; enjoy the summer! You’ve worked so hard to get to where you are now, it’s absolutely necessary to enjoy some time off between school. Don’t worry about choosing a roommate immediately, having the perfect schedule, or hurrying to make three hundred friends before you even step on campus. There are things you have to do before you come to Customs Week in August–outlined, of course, in these wonderful newsletters!–but take a breath, it will be fine. Transitioning to college takes time; it can’t be done purely through meticulous planning. Don’t be afraid to reach out to resources such as Deans and Peer Mentor Services, but know that you’re going to be fine. Seriously.

– Alison Robins ‘17

The Dining Halls at Bryn Mawr, from Ren Freeman ’19

The Bryn Mawr Dining Halls are known for their delicious food. There are two main dining halls at Bryn Mawr: Erdman and Haffner. Being someone who works in the kitchen at Haffner, I can assure you that for people with food allergies or restrictions, many precautions are made to ensure the food safety. All the kitchen workers are required to wear gloves when handling food and change gloves every time they are handling a different food, and the kitchen spaces are constantly cleaned. Each food is labeled and has a list of possible allergy information (e.g: “Contains: nuts, dairy, wheat”). Both dining halls have a lot of vegetarian options. Examples of what the dining halls have to offer is listed as such. Erdman has pizza, a panini maker, salad bar and deli station, soups, ice cream, fresh fruit, various beverage machines, and more. Haffner also has pizza (but more variety of pizzas), toaster ovens, soup, salad bar, ethnic foods that switch around once or twice a semester, a milkshake maker, fresh fruit, beverage machines, and more. Oh, and both also have four types of water to choose from – bubbly, cold, ambient, and infused! If you ever have a question about what a food contains, just ask a worker and they will get the list of ingredients.