Hello Class of 2020!
Welcome to Bryn Mawr! We’re all so excited for your arrival, especially now that we’re in the second half of summer! My name is Tonja Nixon, and I serve as the Wellness Coordinator here on campus. My primary role is to oversee the THRIVE Seminar, from helping finalize the course content to being a resource for you as you complete your Wellness Requirement. My other hats include being an Assistant Coach for the Track & Fields teams and being an alum (Anassa Kata!) from the class of 2015. You can find me in Guild Hall (where the Dean’s Office is located) at my desk, or in Schwartz gym during Track Practice. On behalf of the Dean’s Office, we’re so excited for you all to get settled in! Part of that settling in, as you all know, is final registration for all of your courses once you arrive. One of those courses must satisfy your Wellness Requirement, which, as Wellness Coordinator, I’m here to tell you all about!
Your Wellness requirement is very important! Not only does the successful completion of your Wellness Requirement give you two of your PE credits for your PE requirement, but it is also a Graduation requirement. That being said, when the time comes, you must make sure you register for a course that satisfies the requirement! One of the courses that many of you will take is called THRIVE. THRIVE is a 10-week-long course solely for first-year students created to help with the transition to the Bryn Mawr community, adjust to college life, and help you navigate your way through all aspects of health, self-care and a good well-being. Essentially, this is a course built for you and your needs, and we’re super excited to partake in this experience with you!
Another way some students will fulfill their Wellness Requirement is through a course known as ‘Meta-cognition and the Transition to College’. More information about this course will be shared soon, so be on the lookout!
Congratulations on your enrollment into Bryn Mawr, and I can’t wait to meet all of you in person!
Assistant Coach, Track & Field
At Bryn Mawr, we emphasize self-care. More than just being a student here, we want you to nurture yourself so you can grow as an individual. I have found that my way of being content in college and practicing self-care is making sure I maintain an active social life. Bryn Mawr is a school that is all about taking advantage of opportunities. You can indulge in suburban life by going to quaint towns like Narberth or Ardmore. You can go on crazy shopping sprees in Wynnewood or King of Prussia. You can Megabus for a day or weekend to New York City or Washington D.C. You can go to a party at Swarthmore, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford, or any other surrounding colleges. You can spend a night exploring the campus with friends, taking pictures, and meeting new people. You can go to conferences, lectures, speakers, or special academic events. Right in the town of Bryn Mawr, there’s a film institute, a million different types of places to eat, cute farmer markets, and more! You can go anywhere in one of the biggest and most interesting cities in America, Philadelphia! It is all easily accessible with SEPTA, Uber, Lyft, or friends’ cars if you know some kind upperclassmen. There are always events on Facebook to let you know what is going on around campus, other local campuses, on the mainline, or in the city. These events range from free museum pop-ups, market festivals, cultural and artistic exhibitions, dance parties, free ice-skating, holiday celebrations, concerts, fashion shows, dance competitions, teas, and making body scrubs in the art studio. I would know all the above are possible because I managed to all of these things in my first semester! So don’t be afraid to take that leap, try taking a buddy and tell as many people you know about the events that you are thinking of going to. Bryn Mawr is a place where you can sit down and start a conversation with pretty much anyone in the dining halls. It is a place where it is easy to make friends and have amazing experiences, if you put yourself out there a little. I think that this has made me feel very contented during my time at Bryn Mawr. I was able to work hard in my classes with the motivation that I also have a lot of fun things going on in my life to look forward to. I feel comfortable in my academic environment because I’ve bonded with my peers in extracurricular realms as well. Take care of yourself, because no one else will know how. I like to think that at Bryn Mawr, the world is yours, but it’s your job to run it! Good luck 2020, you’ll be great with some self care!
–Prakhya Malyala ‘19