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Chatham is curiosity.Chatham began as a women's college that continues to persevere today as the backbone of the university. It has also been the source of a lot of change ? ranging from recovering from a budget crisis (?90s) to expanding international and local partnerships. Now, Chatham is starting its School of Sustainability through the Eden Hall farm. Each year presents something new for this small liberal arts college turned university. My first-year experience was revealing. I found comfort in my academics that spanned chemistry conundrums, postmodern fiction, and feminist theory through film. But, there was also time to relax between studies. Student Affairs provided weekly activities for outdoor recreation (ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, snow-tubing), volunteering (TreePittsburgh, Frick Watershed, MWFA), and art appreciation (CLO Musicals, Gallery Night). And, clubs were a ton of fun! There was putting on shows like Rocky Horror, Vagina Monologues, and the One Act Festival. And, a huge art festival called ?Extraction? Whew. And, Career Development helped to clarify some of my goals in my job and graduate school planning through advising. In the future years, I look forward to completing an internship and tutorial (capstone project) before I graduate. I am thoroughly happy with my current experience. Chatham College for Women has only 600-700 undergraduates ? but opportunities abound. Here are some important things to know: Like any college, Chatham struggles to meet students financially. And, Chatham is expensive (40,000 ? Tuition, Room and Board)! Most get both federal and institutional aid. But, be sure to negotiate with the admission officers. Plus, use your common sense to see if you can both afford and stay in the college. College is a privilege that, unfortunately, isn?t accessible for everyone. Many of Chatham?s programs, including its women?s college, are not for everyone. Chatham does not offer NCAA I sports, parties, or big, bustling student population that are often found at public universities. Additionally, be sure to meet with the faculty and staff, including Deans ? many of them are open to chat over coffee. Many student ideas are turned into recurring programs (ex. Cougar Connectors, RISE, Words Without Walls, etc.).