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Health & Safety: This is an incredibly safe campus. The only reason I've had to go to Public Safety all year is that I keep losing my keys!

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Health & Safety: I feel absolutely safe on our campus. Let's face it: this is the richest area in Pennsylvania. There is not much crime. It is very safe here.

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Health & Safety: Security is adequate here. There are enough patrols and call-boxes.

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Health & Safety: The campus is well lit at night.

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Technology: Some students prefer to work in the computer labs even if they do have their own computer.

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Technology: The labs are only ridiculously crowded during finals week. I enjoy my own personal computer, however. I'm an Instant Messenger junkie, so that hinders me as well. Printing is free, so I do my computer work in my own personal atmosphere in my room and then take it down to the lab to print it out.

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Technology: The computer network is generally fast and reliable, though there have been periodic glitches. The computer labs usually have space, but beware the last week of classes. At that point, it's packed, and I thanked heavens because I knew that I had my own computer. If you bring your own, a laptop is best, because then you don't have to worry when you need to use non-circulating library sources.

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Technology: I've always been able to find a computer in the lab, but I would definitely recommend bringing your own. I used my computer a million times a day for all kinds of things, and I would have hated to have spent that much time in the lab. You'll especially want to bring a computer if you're living in a dorm that's not especially close to the lab, like Brecon, Radnor, Haffner, Rhoads, or Rock.

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Technology: I never had a problem finding one in the labs, although I did have my own computer, and I highly recommend having one of your own. It makes late-night paper writing easier because you can lounge around your own room in your pajamas, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to soft music.

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Technology: The network is great here. It's fast and efficient, with excellent technical support.

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Technology: BMC computing services can be very slow, inept, and surly.

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Technology: Bringing your own computer helps; however, there are plenty of computers for students to use around campus that aren't outdated.

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Off-Campus Dining: Bryn Mawr is fairly barren when it comes to good restaurants. Philly has some spots quite comparable to NYC cuisine. For those used to a very high culinary level, Philly does surprisingly well.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a handful of affordable spots to grab a bite around the Mawr-Starbucks, Cosí, Fuji Mountain, to name a few. Restaurants like Tango are better for special occasions and deeper pockets. One place not to miss is Mikado, a wonderful and affordable sushi restaurant that is like a trip to Japan in itself.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't really eat off campus that often. We're on the Main Line, so many restaurants are expensive, although the food is excellent. There are some really nice places in Philly and at the mall, though, and people go all the time.

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Off-Campus Dining: Peace a Pizza and Hope's Cookies are always a good bet. For the moderate spending binge, Bertucci's is only a few blocks away. In addition, Tango is deceptively priced, having the atmosphere of an expensive restaurant for probably half the price. And there's always Pat's for cheesesteaks, Krispy Kreme for doughnuts, West Philly for African food, and Chinatown for Kosher, vegetarian, or Chinese food.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't go out to eat that much. I like Thai Pepper.

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Off-Campus Dining: Food here is very tasty. There's a wonderful Greek place and a Bertucci's pizza. Peace a Pizza and Hope's Cookies and ice cream were always favorite spots of mine.

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Off-Campus Dining: I highly recommend Peace a Pizza and Beijing Inn for something close by and fast. Also try Fellini's in Ardmore and the Gryphon Coffee Co. in Wayne. Actually, there isn't really any restaurant or café I don't recommend. No matter how good BMC's food is, it is always refreshing to dine off campus with friends or family.

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Off-Campus Dining: I'm from New York City, but I still think Beijing Inn has the most delicious Chinese food I've ever eaten. If you want good burgers, there's Ruby's Diner, which is a mere two train stops away.

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Off-Campus Dining: I've spent a lot of time and money in Starbucks studying and you'll find many quaint little restaurants around the Main Line. There aren't that many good places around Bryn Mawr, but in Philadelphia, you definitely need to try Marrakesh and Penang.

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Off-Campus Dining: Lourdas, a Greek restaurant by the train station in Bryn Mawr, is great. It is a little pricey, and you need to make reservations. When you want to go out for a special occasion, Lourdas is a terrific choice for good food and a cozy atmosphere.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple of good places around campus. Bertucci's is good. Così is great for drinking iced vanilla lattes and writing papers on your laptop.

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Off-Campus Dining: I love to hang out at Così and the Point. There you'll find some good eats!

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Guys & Girls: The women at Bryn Mawr are some of the most amazing people I will ever meet. They are caring, funny, unique, independent, intelligent, confident, and ambitious.

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Like any highly-rated liberal arts college, Bryn Mawr provides a stellar education to a vibrant student body on a campus so beautiful that sometimes it looks surreal. During the school year, especially in the dead of winter, it is easy to overlook these tremendous offerings and instead focus on the massive amount of work, as it contrasts to what can seem like a dearth of social opportunities. These are the times where some freshmen consider transferring.

Traditions help lighten the mood on campus, and despite what seems to be stress oozing out of every pore, most students manage to do a lot more than just handle their school work-though everyone agrees that academics is a priority. In the end, students are most proud of their academic work, but also fond of the school and experiences that they had here. Mawrters come to Bryn Mawr to benefit from the faculty and coursework the school is known for. Some women find the lack of boys on campus difficult to adjust to, or they find the general smallness of the campus undesirable, but in the end, most stay for the same reason they came: academics. When it's over, few look back on the decision with regret.

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