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Question about Sweet Briar
by katie bowie (atmosfears)
at August 11th, 2010 (07:23 pm)

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Hello, everyone!

I've been really interested in Sweet Briar for a few months now, and I'm looking at applying next year. However, the more I look into it, the more skeptical I get. I'm all about Sweet Briar's academics and I love their traditions and all, but at the same time, I'm a little worried.

I've been judged by people a lot since I was about twelve due to my piercings, and now that I've gotten a tattoo, that sort of doubled the pressure on me to be so-called "normal." While I feel like I could sort of blossom and find a place at Sweet Briar, I'm also not sure because I've read a lot about that a lot of the girls are sort snooty or conservative or whatever. It'd be really hard for me to travel all that way and visit the campus to see what it's really like for myself because I live in Maine.

So what do you guys think? Should I listen to what other people are saying? If I'm going to spend four years of my life in one place, I want to be happy. Would some of my liberal views and my style be accepted there?


Posted by: lepisostidae (lepisostidae)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)

I definitely can't speak to Sweet Briar, since I didn't attend, but if you're interested in women's colleges, you might consider at least checking out some of the Sisters. SB is a great school, but if you find the environment to not be what you're looking for - I know someone who attended and found it a little too conservative for her tastes, but ymmv - I know for a fact that there are several women's colleges that tend to be very liberal and accepting of personal style. I'm a Bryn Mawr student and can say pretty definitively that the vast majority of students there wouldn't mind your personal style choices/political views; we also have really strong academics and great traditions, if those are priorities for you!

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)

Thanks a lot for your comment. I'd actually been looking into Bryn Mawr briefly, so I'll have to give it a little more time on my list of colleges. I'm not looking at going to women's colleges exclusively, but I think it would be good for me. So I'll look more into the Sisters. Thanks!

Posted by: lepisostidae (lepisostidae)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)

I'm not sure what attracted you to SB, but for what it's worth, Bryn Mawr has amazing academics, great traditions, and a really liberal student body. If you have any other questions/want more information about the school, I'd be happy to help out in any way that I can, and I know that Wellesley, Smith, Barnard and Mt. Holyoke also have lots of students in the comm who would be happy to provide more information about their specific schools.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)

Thank you! (:

Posted by: Alli (sammysam)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)

Chatham University is another one that is a liberal women's college, very open, very accepting. It's in Pittsburgh, a fairly liberal city unto itself. I loved my time there.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
doctor & rose.

I've never heard of Chatham, actually. I'll check that out. Thanks for your advice!

Posted by: Alli (sammysam)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)

It's not one of the Sister's, but it's in a gorgeous part of Pitt, and the dorms are awesome (converted mansions) and you have the ability to take classes at Pitt and Carnegie Mellon if you need/want to, since they are just down the road. The academics are also really good, the Professors great. There are many traditions there that date back to 1869 when it opened, and it is just a really great place to be.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)

I'm all for schools outside of the Sisters. I don't think my chances of getting into the Sisters are THAT high anyway, but I figured I'd try just to try. The worst I can be told is no.

That's amazing that the dorms are converted mansions. I'd love that.

Posted by: lala (ls56)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)

i'm at Chatham now, about to be a senior, feel free to pm me if you want more info.

I love Chatham, but there's pros and cons depending on what you want from a school.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)

I'll have to PM you sometime soon to find out more. I looked into Chatham and I like the look of it.

Posted by: ripe and rosy (colorwhirl)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
college: alma mater

Oh, you sound like a Smithie.

Avoid Wilson at all costs if Sweet Briar makes you feel odd.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)

I'll take that into consideration. (:

Posted by: Royal Montgomery (inkysaurus)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)

I'm fairly liberal and off the beaten path and I will be starting my first year at Sweet Briar next week! I am really excited. Out of all the colleges I had requested information from/applied to, they were the most personable and the staff really gave me a lot of individual attention. You should definitely either do a campus visit or visit with one of the representatives if they come by your area.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)

Good luck! I really like the feel of Sweet Briar a lot but it was just the conservativeness that I wasn't sure about.

Posted by: Royal Montgomery (inkysaurus)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)

I talked to my admissions counselor about this and we both agreed that everyone here is really amazing, that goes for students and teachers alike. The student population is so small that no one gets overly clique-y, and the staff is really focused on your academic & career success. I couldn't visit campus either(I'm from Florida, the other side of the east coast from you lol), but there was a representative that came to my town & I had an interview with her. I really recommend at least e-mailing someone to see if they'll be in your part of Maine. It's really amazing here.

Posted by: nagasasu (nagasasu)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)

Well, since others are offering up their colleges, what the heck. If you're willing to check out the West Coast, Mills is most definitely accepting of piercings and tattoos. It also boasts a more liberal atmosphere, also being near the Bay Area.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)

I'm definitely willing to go to the West coast. Thanks, I'll look into it. (:

Posted by: nagasasu (nagasasu)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)

You've got a lot of great recs in this posts! :o Anyways, if you have any questions about Mills feel free to ask me. :)

Posted by: sk8tegr8 (sk8tegr8)
Posted at: August 12th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Sweet Briar Class of 2012

Hey Katie,

I'm going to be a junior at Sweet Briar next year. I also happen to be from Maine and would constitute myself as a very liberal person. I had no problem transitioning into Sweet Briar and actually happen to be very involved on campus. I wouldn't say that our campus is ultra conservative but I also won't say that it's ultra liberal either. I think it's split right down the middle, like many other college campuses. I could go on and on about Sweet Briar. If you e-mailed me I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions that you have about SBC in WAY more depth. Also I know that the admissions counselor that works with Maine will be heading up this way in September and she would be more than happy to meet with you! My e-mail address is grobman12@sbc.edu.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Sweet Briar Class of 2012

Thank you so much for your help! I'll definitely have to email you if I have more questions!

Posted by: Lauren (bkfstclubmember)
Posted at: August 13th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)

I graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College though it is co-ed now. It's about a 25-30 minute drive from Sweet Briar. I took a class there while I was a student at RMWC. I wouldn't say its a conservative campus, however I felt it was much more mainstream and more preppy than most women's colleges I've visited. I think its a good idea to visit the campus beforehand to see if the culture feels like home. That's how I chose RMWC really. Hollins is in Roanoke which is in the same central VA area and is about an hour or so away. It's much larger college, but the city of Roanoke is more interesting than Lynchburg/Amherst in my opinion, but the atmosphere seems more casual. The women I met at Hollins I felt more at home with, but that's just for me. I also recommend Agnes Scott in Atlanta area (Decatur really), GA. Awesome location and the school reminded me of everything I loved about my undergradute experience. Everyone was friendly and Decatur was a cute little alternative town. And its cool being near a huge city like Atlanta.

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)

Thanks so much for your help. I'm really appreciative of everyone's suggestions and I'll definitely be looking into more of these schools. (:

Posted by: Relentless Optimist (dreamsrundeep)
Posted at: August 13th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)

While you're in the area - check out Hollins. ;) I went to both when I visited and ended up at Hollins - liberal, arty atmosphere and it was the best choice I ever made!

Posted by: katie bowie (atmosfears)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)

Will do if I get the chance to go to Virginia. (:

Posted by: Rayando El Sol (rayandoelsol)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)

Hollins would be a good place for you, as Agnes Scott.

I would love to recommend my own little piece of paradise - Wesleyan College, the first college for women.

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