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Technology: We have absolutely top-rate computer services. There is at least one Internet hook-up in every bedroom, as well as hook-ups in the common rooms on the first floor. Many of the dorms now also have a wireless connection in the old dining rooms. On top of this, there are public computers and printers in every dorm, although sometimes the printers can be unreliable. There are two main computer labs with high-speed computers, one in the library and one in Kendade, the science building. Many of the buildings, including the library, offer wireless connection. My absolute favorite computer service on campus is that we can borrow laptops from the library for three-hour periods of time, and these laptops have high-speed wireless connections. The computer help desk is available most of the time, and they have fixed every computer problem I've faced in college.

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Technology: Bring your own computer, because dorm computers are often slow, the printers suck, and they fill up fast. And you don't want to always have to run to the computing center in the middle of a snowstorm to type up a midterm paper. Plus, it's good to have your own computer for those last-minute papers.

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Technology: I had my own computer, but whenever I needed to use a computer lab, I didn't have a problem. However, around finals time, it gets crazy. So if having your own computer is an option, bring one. If you can't, don't worry. You'll be fine. There's a computer room in each residence hall and a lot of labs all across campus.

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Technology: Mount Holyoke has renovated its computer labs and added more and faster computers. This means that it's okay not to have your own computer. It does not mean that you can wait to write your paper until the night before it's due. If you have the resources, I'd suggest buying your own computer. You'll use it a lot, whether for research, typing up papers, or just keeping up with friends.

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Technology: I brought my own laptop from home, and although that gave me the luxury of toting it around whenever I wanted, I always left it in my room. I didn't have a computer or laptop my first year, and using library comps and computer labs got frustrating after a while, because the library closes after midnight, and the lab computers hadn't been upgraded at that point.

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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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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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Administration: Public Safety claims to have a `no tolerance' policy, but I've heard about people getting busted who got community service, or got out of discipline somehow.

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Administration: I don't really know. I never drink!

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Administration: There's a policy on drugs and alcohol?

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Administration: Public Safety is too strict sometimes.

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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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