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Local Area: In the immediate town, there is nothing to do, unless you like to go to Subway for pleasure. However, if you have a car, there is a lot of stuff to do on Route 33 down the road. Of course, there is always Amherst and Northampton. But, if you are looking for something to do around Mount Holyoke, expect to spend money to do it.

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Local Area: South Hadley itself is small. There is a movie theater, coffee shops, a pizza place, a Chinese food place, and some knick-knack stores right across the street, and there's a grocery store a short drive away (as well as a few restaurants). However, the public transportation is great, and since we're part of the Five College system, there's always something happening somewhere.

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Local Area: South Hadley is a small town-it's pretty and quiet. There are a lot of cute shops and a small movie theater across the street, and a van runs to the nearby grocery store. There's also a weekly van to the largest mall in New England, the Holyoke Mall. MHC is part of the Five College Consortium-that means that we can take classes, join clubs, and go to events at four other colleges. I met my boyfriend by joining a club at UMass. As far as I can tell, there isn't really anything I'd stay away from. There are a lot of little attractions nearby such as Nash's Dinosaur Tracks, the butterfly place (Magic Wings) and Yankee Candle. Buses will take you to Northampton, Amherst, Atkins, the Hampshire Mall, and a lot of other attractions. The location is ideal and picturesque, but close to everything you might need, and only a couple hours from Boston and New York City.

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Local Area: South Hadley isn't much of a town. Students spend most of their time on campus. The bare basics are provided-a bookstore, a theater, a grocery store a few miles down the road-but for any serious shopping, you'll be headed to Northampton or the Hampshire mall on the free (but time-consuming) PVTA buses. There are some often-overlooked fun places to visit right on campus, including the botanical gardens, the art museum, and the forest trails near the Equestrian Center.

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Local Area: South Hadley is a rural town and pretty small, but as I came from a small town in the Midwest, it's not unlike my home. When South Hadley holds community events, MoHos are always welcome, and it's a friendly atmosphere. Four other colleges are less than 15 minutes from us: Smith, Hampshire, Amherst, and University of Massachusetts. With the Five College Consortium, lots of events, lectures, classes, and organizations are open to us, yet we can still retain the close-knit community of a small campus.

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Local Area: South Hadley sucks when Tailgate (Tailgate Picnic, a local eatery andfood store) closes. Amherst provides a great alternative to dorm rooms on weekends.

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Off-Campus Dining: Ehh, there is nothing good in South Hadley. Bueno Y Sano in Amherst is my favorite spot for inexpensive and filling meals.

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Off-Campus Dining: There is a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express drive-thru open till 3 a.m., which is always a great place, and then a 24-hour McDonald's-so if you ever get the munchies, those are the places to go. Antonio's in Amherst offers great pizza, but it's always crowded, so show up at a non-popular time. The restaurants in Northampton are also good.

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Off-Campus Dining: In South Hadley, you can usually get a good burger at Fedora's, but for really good food, you have to drive to Northampton or Amherst for Judie's, the Teapot, and lots of other really good places.

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Off-Campus Dining: South Hadley has very few restaurants, and I'm not really a fan of any of them. When I eat off campus, I usually go to Northampton, which has a huge variety of good food options. There are restaurants that offer Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Argentinean, vegetarian, Italian, Indian, Moroccan, organic, and American cuisines.

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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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Transportation: The PVTA, the free bus system that connects the Five Colleges, is invaluable, but not always the most efficient. It can be slow and doesn't run past 3 a.m., but that is where the friendliness of Mount Holyoke comes in handy. On the chat site of the campus, women are always posting offers to drive people to certain destinations, and I have a number of friends with cars.

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Transportation: It's easy to get to another town, but not so easy to get around town.

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Transportation: I didn't drive at all during college. I was dependent on public transportation, and I loved it. It's terribly convenient and free. I recommend getting to know it right away, so even if you befriend a lot of drivers, it's always there if you need it.

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Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good, though it is very easy to get motion sickness on the PVTA ride to Amherst, because of the mountain passes and sadistic UMass drivers who think that going 70 miles per hour at night on an unlit road through the Mt. Holyoke Range is fun.

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Transportation: The PVTA takes us everywhere! We have Amherst, Northampton, and a variety of other places within an easy, free bus ride. A car makes things slightly easier, but isn't necessary.

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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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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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