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Tips for Firsties

Welcome to Shadley!

You’re starting one of the most exciting and meaningful experiences of your life. And you’re going to be great.

Here, you can become whatever you want. Your fellow students and your professors will support you.

Maybe you’re nervous or worried about going to an all-women college. Don’t be. There’s lots of studying, because this is a top school. You need to work hard. But there’s also lots of social life if you want it.

Convocation is your real introduction to life at MHC. You’ll have three more after this one. When you get to be a senior like me, and it’s going to be your last convocation as a student here, you’ll cry a little. Or maybe more than a little. Like I am, right now. By then, this place will be your second home and family. It will mean that much to you.

Anyway, here are some tips for firsties:

  • If you’ve got a car, leave it at home next term. You won’t really need it and parking is a bother.
  • Get some ice cream and participate in activities on Mountain Day. You’ll hear all about that later on.
  • Get to know The Thirsty Mind. There’s no other place like it. By the way, if someone refers to “The Dirty,” they’re talking about The Thirsty Mind.
  • Get to know your Big Sister. She can give you good advice about everything from classes to traditions. She’ll be your friend for life.
  • Get to know your professors. Unlike at most schools, professors here take a personal interest in you. They will give you all the help, support, and encouragement you need.
  • Get involved!
  • Get to know the area. Shadley pretty much closes at 9pm, but it’s still great.
  • Get to know Amherst and UMass. They are our principal suppliers of guys, if that interests you. UMass parties can get pretty wild. Amherst tends to be a little more like the Upper East Side. 🙂

And last but certainly not least:

  • Study! Do all the work. Here are some tips.

I can’t tell you how much this place means to me or how much I will miss it when I graduate. Enjoy it, make the most of it, and it will be part of you for as long as you live.


Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.

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