Why I Belong at Bryn Mawr

Please attach an essay of no more than one page telling us what you think you would gain from the educational experience at Bryn Mawr and what you would contribute to the community.

I hate sitting in a classroom and sensing the hesitation and self-consciousness of the other girls, something I fight against feeling myself. The silence continues until a male peer speaks, and the conversation continues between him and his comrades. My female classmates and I remain quiet, sometimes glancing at each other, but not interjecting as the boys debate the topic. I try and step in, to forge the path for the others, but I’m cut off. After the fourth try, I lean back in my chair and fall silent, angry as the tension in the room dissipates at my surrender. I can’t help but wonder what a discussion of just women would be like.

Bryn Mawr prides itself in a rigorous education, encouraging its students to think and develop into better human beings. Not only does it demand education above the regular standards for all, but also offers opportunities tailored to each student’s interest. As a writer and future English major, the Creative Writing Program Reading Series is naturally of great interest to me.

I hope to challenge myself at Bryn Mawr, to push myself to learn more of the things I am curious about, and to go deeper into the subjects I already know and love, such as English, Film Studies, French, and Gender Studies. I hope to find my voice among my peers so my thoughts and opinions can be heard properly. I hope to indulge my love of learning and take it to the next level.

As for contributing to the community, I believe my experience of living in different countries such as France and Poland would be an asset when getting to know and living with people from all over the country, not to mention the world. I am highly creative, and will help facilitate a creative atmosphere for myself and other students thrive in. Lastly, I believe I have an open minded, accepting personality, and I have the ability to see people beyond our disagreements. I have friends whose opinions concerning politics or religion are nearly polar opposites to mine, yet we get along because we accept our differences and put them aside. This is a quality I have found essential when interacting with people outside the sanctuary of high school.

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