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| I am going to be transferring from Mount Holyoke after my first year. While it is an excellent school and many women really find themselves here, it is not the school for me. I was so caught up in the idea of attending Mount Holyoke that I was unprepared for the reality of actually being here.|
The campus is breathtaking and extremely safe, which is appropriate because most girls' time is spent on campus. South Hadley is a dreary town. Aside from the village commons, there is nowhere to go and nothing to do. If you don't have a car, you must wait for the PVTA buses and take ridiculously long trips to get to the other towns. While Northampton and Amherst are fun, the rest of the surrounding area is dismal. I would not wish western mass on anyone. It is swarming with drug addicts, crime, and unmotivated losers.
The girls at MHC aren't exactly the geniuses they think themselves to be. I have met some genuinely intelligent women there, but most inanely gossip about one another. While I easily made friends at Mount Holyoke, I did not completely connect with any one of them. I was not sheltered in my upbringing, I did not have a pony, I did not spend every moment of my high school life studying, and I am not gay. While I extended myself to bond with others on their interests, none tried to learn about mine. The social life is present, but mainly in cliques. Meeting guys isn't that big of a challenge. Since I actively pursue my interests off of campus, unlike many Mohos, I had a boyfriend by October of my first year.Mount Holyoke is not the school for everyone. I could barely stomach a semester before wanting out. Ultimately, it did not offer me what I wanted from college. The liberal arts are no longer applicable in the modern world. I'm transferring to a large university where academics are more structured and areas of study are more focused.
|Mar 28 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Mount Holyoke is a great college full of wonderful students. The atmosphere on campus is so welcoming and the people and professors are so approachable and have a great sense of humor. I can understand some people not feeling welcome here - maybe bigots with no sense of humor? But really, if you're not comfortable around gay people, don't come. Nobody wants you here and you will hate it, because gay people are widely accepted here.|
If you are a friendly person at alll, you will make friends with a variety of girls. And if you want to make friends with people at other colleges, it's really not that hard, especially if you have a car. The bus system is quite good (at least in my experience...and always a place where you can sit next to a hot guy if you're feeling like you desperately need to talk to a male). The party scene isn't nonexistant, but it mostly happens at other colleges. If you are very into that, you probably won't enjoy this college.Basically, in my personal experience, this college is amazing. I love my extracurricular sports, my friends, my classes, and basically everything. Maybe it's not an experience for everyone (and the price tag is ridiculous!) but for me, it's worth it!
|Dec 19 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I'll be going into my senior year at MoHo soon, so I figure that I should give some advice to offset the whiners here. First of all, NOT everyone at the school is rich--on the contrary, around 1/4 people come from households that earn less than $40,000/year. |
Secondly, straight females exist here! I'm one of them, and I can assure you that it's not a lesbian-or-die atmosphere. Yes, there are a lot of faux-bis-and-lesbians, but as long as you find your group, you'll be fine. Party girls be warned, though: boys from other schools WILL take advantage of you if you're not careful. Just relax and LEARN!Finally and most importantly, keep in mind that this is, without a question, one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The faculty and classes are all excellent, and there are very few better biochemistry programs on the East Coast.
|May 17 2008|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |