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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants across the street are really good. The Parthenon (a Greek restaurant) is down the street, and is not bad. Various pizza places and Chinese food restaurants are in the area.

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Off-Campus Dining: Between South Hadley, Amherst, and Northampton, there are a ton of great restaurants for just about any kind of food you might want. Pasta E Basta has excellent Italian food that's pretty cheap. The Teapot in Northampton has great Chinese food. Main Moon, across from the College, delivers Chinese food, but isn't the best.

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Off-Campus Dining: I usually went to Veracruzana or Bueno Y Sano in Amherst, because I love Mexican food. However, the Chinese food here sucks.

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Guys & Girls: No guys. There are girls that look like guys, but no guys. It's lesbian heaven, but a complete hell if you're a woman who craves massive amounts of male testosterone.

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Guys & Girls: Although we are an all-women's college, there are almost always guys around. Many of them tend to be boyfriends of current students, but there are others who take classes on campus through the Five College program, or who just enjoy coming to our library to study. The lesbian population is strong on our campus, but I tend to think this is because we offer a more open-minded environment where students feel accepted no matter what their sexual orientation is. There are many places in the Valley to meet other straight, gay, and bisexual people, especially the towns like Northampton and Amherst.

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Guys & Girls: There are no guys-it's quite a diverse group of women.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are nonexistent, but there are girls to suit anyone's tastes, from the quiet and studious-type to the colorful hippie, from the lady who actually wears make-up every day, to the girl with the butch haircut and 20 piercings. There's no typical Mount Holyoke girl; our strength is in diversity. That includes a diversity of sexual orientations. The atmosphere is one of acceptance, whatever your orientation-the straight, the lesbian, the bisexual, and the undecided-should all feel at home here. There is no pressure to be anything you don't want to be. And yes, the girls are hot.

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Guys & Girls: There are stereotypes about all the Five Colleges in the area. It's easy to recognize a Mount Holyoke woman, though. She's the one who is dressed nicely and carries an assignment calendar. And a Nalgene.

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Guys & Girls: I wish the guys were hot, but there are none.

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Guys & Girls: We have plenty of hot women here! The women of MHC are, for the most part: very liberal, good students, not big on parties, independent, and high achievers. Most women at MHC will fit into most, if not all, of those categories. MHC women are also unusually friendly. The Five College men vary from the most drunken UMass frat boys to the yuppiest Amherst rich boys, but there really is a lot of variety. If you want to date a Five College man, the best way is to join a club or take a class at one of the other colleges.

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Guys & Girls: The women are talented and goal-oriented. About half are too ambitious, but I try not to let that influence me. In terms of looks, diversity is celebrated; and while crude jokes can run on the Daily Jolt about the number of `fatties' here, there is definitely more openness towards bigger women, plainer-looking women, hairy women, and so on.

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Guys & Girls: There are only girls, obviously, and I suppose some of them are hot.

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Weather: In the summer it is warm, and towards the winter it gets freezing. Be prepared for a lot of arctic blasts and tons of snow. Wear tons of layers: sweaters, long coats, hats, and gloves.

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Weather: The first few weeks and the last few weeks can be quite hot, but most of the year is cold. A down coat, a warm hat, and decent snow boots are highly recommended. The cold weather may seem like a drag, but the winter snows are breathtakingly beautiful, and all the dining halls have tea and hot chocolate to warm you up!

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Weather: Winters are very, very cold and snowy. Make sure you have good snow boots.

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Weather: The weather is very fickle. My freshman year (and I'm not exaggerating), it was 90 degrees on a Monday and that Wednesday it snowed. It is best to have many different layer options-a few coats of varying warmth, heavy and light sweaters. Boots are also a good idea for the winter, as the campus will get a lot of snow and ice.

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Weather: Bring a heavy coat and good gloves for the winter, and lots of waterproof clothing for the fall and spring.

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Weather: Massachusetts is frigid in the winter and hot in the summer, so bring clothes for all year round. Sweaters, long underwear, wool jackets, and jeans are essentials; don't forget good, sturdy footwear in the winter months, when snow piles up and you have to walk to class!

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Weather: Think typical New England. It can and will change every five minutes. Winter can last an eternity, and there can be the most beautiful sunny days ever. Layers help, for the seasonal changes, and for going between warm buildings and the snowy outdoors. Summer is very hot,so at the start and end of the academic year, have clothing to deal with that. Invest in a nice winter jacket and raincoat, and a good pair of snow-capable shoes or boots. As for style, I've sat in classes with a business suit to my left and pajamas to my right (with my jeans and shirt in the middle), so dress the way you want to; it will be accepted.

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Weather: Weather in New England changes every five minutes. Bring all types of clothes.

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Weather: South Hadley is in New England, and New England means variable. There's usually a brief spell of hot weather in the fall and spring semesters (and by hot, I mean temps in the 80s or 90s), so it would be a good idea to bring some shorts and T-shirts. We also experience cold weather (usually during a season we call `winter'), with temps anywhere from 60 to 20 degrees. Bring hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots for snow, and jackets. Layers are also good.

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Weather: Winters are cold. Last year during J-term, the temperature got to negative-40 degrees with wind chill. Bring a really warm coat or a cloak, which are the latest fashion trend at Mount Holyoke. Keep in mind that you will need shorts and T-shirts for the beginning and end of the school year.

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Weather: The weather is quite chilly and fickle. Then again, this is coming from a Californian, but it stays cold until about mid-April and, even then, you're usually in for a surprise or two.

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Overall Experience: I love MHC. While every now and then I did wonder about what life might've been like elsewhere, I never, ever would've switched. I loved the sense of community, diversity, and all the traditions.

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Overall Experience: My education was amazing, and the friends I made were all wonderful. It was a home away from home. This was the nurturing environment I wanted, and the opportunities I had going to MHC have shaped, and will always shape, my life. I just really loved it, from day one to graduation.

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It seems that students come to Mount Holyoke for the academics and stay for the community. Women who come here either quickly discover that they hate it and transfer out, or fall in love with the school and become unable to imagine going anywhere else. The overall sense students have about the College is that it’s more than just a school, and it’s more than a place to study for four years, get your diploma, and be set free—MHC becomes a second home. Its close-knit environment allows students to explore their own boundaries in safety, perhaps try on a few lifestyle changes, and maybe even find a few that stick. You will undoubtedly be exposed to new influences during your time here, as you would at almost any college, but here, you won’t be afraid to call some of those new influences your friends—especially the ones who scared you at first.

Part of what’s so wonderful and unique about this school is the sense that students are really cared about as individuals. Sure, it’s an institution, and sure, there are the occasional oversights where the Registrar forgets to record a grade or some such thing, but most faculty and staff are exceedingly helpful and willing to assist you with whatever difficulty you may be facing, whether it’s a decision to apply to grad school now or later or a mistake in your transcript. The atmosphere of care is contagious—new students quickly catch it from older students, and so the tradition lives on. Things are changing for this institution, as it strives to keep up with modern times and struggles with budget cuts resulting from a bad economy, but it still remains the school generations of women have known and loved, and alumnae still keep coming back to visit and reminisce.

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