Why Wellesley

“When choosing a college, you are not only choosing an intellectual community but also a place where you believe that you can live, learn and flourish. To this end, the Board of Admission is interested in knowing your reasons for applying to Wellesley College and how you feel Wellesley will help you to realize your personal and academic goals.”

When I was first compiling my college list, I was resistant to the idea of including Wellesley. I was in the group of people who didn’t like the idea of college eithout y-chromosomes. For me, it wasn’t a social issue; I can have fun with whoever is willing. Instead, I feared four years of my sophomore winter all-girl English class. Within twenty minutes of class starting, all twelve girls had exhausted our ideas or come to a place of complete agreement. It was boring. I have since come to look at Wellesley again because of how happy my Exeter alumnae friends are when they visit, and because of my interest in continuing to row in college in a competitive while not unnecessarily stressful environment.Regardless of my love for the sport, I knew there would be more to my college experience than rowing. I have to graduate in something. The academic program that has most held my interest in Wellesley is the exchange program with MIT. While I am thoroughly looking forward to a well-rounded (with some extra history and religion) liberal arts education that I can get at Wellesley, the budding biochemist nestled in my brain keeps whispering about MIT being so near and how excellent taking intensive science courses would be. I’ve decided that my little scientist is right, that going to Wellesley will put me in a position where I can find out what I want to do and pursue it, and if I don’t make a definite decision as to my ultimate goals, I will be able to pursue them when I do.

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