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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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Overall Experience: Being a transfer student, I have experienced an entirely different social and academic scene from my previous school. Mount Holyoke pushes me, and is more academically rigorous than my previous school, so even with all of the papers and projects, studying and stressing, I can't be thankful enough for being here. I have grown into a much more confident, self-assured, open-minded individual, and I credit Mount Holyoke with a lot of that.

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Overall Experience: I completely love MHC. It's a perfect fit for me, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My life there is rich and full in all areas: academics, friendship, spirituality, and extracurricular interests. But MHC isn't for everyone-so visit the campus, attend a few classes, and talk to as many students as you can to get a feel for the place before you enroll. A certain number of people do transfer out after their first year, mostly because they either didn't like the intense academic workload, or because they wanted a campus with more parties and more boys. But for the right person, MHC will become their beloved home, one that will challenge them, transform them, and give them dozens of life-long friends.

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Transportation: During the school year, there is a Five College bus system that stops on campus every half hour or so. I find that this service works quite well, although it is always more convenient to have a car (or a friend with a car).

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Transportation: You don't really need public transportation to get around South Hadley (there's nowhere to go, really). The PVTA runs regularly to Amherst and Northampton, and it's a pretty good deal.

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Transportation: There are PVTA buses that go to the different colleges. They come frequently, but do not run that late in the night.

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Transportation: The PVTA has one truly fabulous virtue: it is free. The schedule is usually adequate, if not extraordinarily convenient. The buses themselves are not particularly comfortable, and some people get bus sick as they lurch along the hill country roads.

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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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Parking: If you live in the center of campus, you basically have to trek from really far away to park your car. Dorms on the outskirts have really accessible parking.

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Parking: It is not easy to park! Once you get a spot close to your dorm, you must fight to keep it. I think girls look out of their windows to see if there is a spot open and take it. Once I left around 1:30 a.m. for about a 15-minute drive, and someone had taken my spot-in the dead of winter, too! Lack of parking is what made my college experience horrible.

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Parking: It depends on where you live. There are some bigger lots on the outskirts of campus that almost always have spots like the Ham-MacGregor lot, the Delles-1837 lot, and Gorse lot. The smaller parking areas near other dorms are almost always full.

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Parking: No. No. No. Don't bring your car. Invest in a Vespa.

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Parking: Parking involves walking a lot, as the parking lots are far from most dorms. Overnight guest parking is also something of a pain.

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Athletics: Sports like crew and riding are really popular, and get a lot of support from the school, as well as interest from the students.

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Athletics: Sports, in my experience, aren't that popular on campus. A lot of women play sports, but I do not know about the turnout. I know I've never been to a game.

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Athletics: MHC is not very big on sports. I don't think sports matches are very well attended (although I myself almost never go, so I wouldn't know), and intramural stuff is pretty low-key. The academic workload is intense, and while some people do manage to fit athletics into their schedules, many others can't be bothered.

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Athletics: I don't think sports are that big. Although my roomie was on the volleyball team, and I knew a couple of water polo players, I never went to any of the games, and neither did any of my friends. (I know, I know, I know, I was such a bad roommate.)

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Athletics: While there are some great varsity sports, one can't forget the club sports. One of the most popular sports on campus, rugby, is a club sport. This allows for a lot more diversity in the sports offered, although club sports take a devoted group of students to keep them going. Sports, overall, while they all have their followings, are not especially big on campus, but they are important. So if you're into watching or participating in sports, there's a lot for you, and if you're not, you won't feel left out.

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Athletics: A lot of women play both varsity and intramural sports, and some of the teams are really into it (crew and rugby come to mind), but while playing a sport is a central part of the athlete's life, it's not necessarily a big part of campus life. We do offer a lot of both types of sports, and team members of both groups tend to really enjoy them.

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Athletics: I didn't really participate in sports, as bad knees kept me out of my love of soccer, but I had friends on the swimming and tennis teams. Rugby is very popular.

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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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