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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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Party Scene: The parties on campus are very lame from what I've experienced. I had to go to UMass to party, and those were a lot of fun. Everyone was a lot less uptight over at UMass. Amherst parties are really weird, and no one outside the Amherst bubble likes to socialize with Mount Holyoke students.

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Party Scene: Mount Holyoke is not a party school! Ignore this fact at your peril. School-wide parties and dances are not always well attended, and males are sparse (the one exception is the notorious Las Vegas Night, but that's only once a year). There are plenty of parties to go to in Amherst, and there are certainly occasional private parties on campus, but if you're going to college for the parties, don't go to MHC. That's not to say that we don't have fun, it just takes on other forms. If watching movies with friends, talking late into the night, and enjoying all kinds of club activities (from karate to a capella to howling at the full moon) sounds good to you, you'll like it here.

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Party Scene: I am sad to admit that TAP (The Amherst Party) is somewhat mandatory. Go. Get annoyed. Leave. Never go back. Avoid the parties on UMass's frat row. Especially the ones at ZBT. Ick.

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Party Scene: We have better parties than Amherst College and, as far as bars go, I've heard that McMurphy's is a happening spot.

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Party Scene: Our school is not big on parties. A lot of the ones on campus have a lot of loud music and 50 girls to one guy. It is easy to get to parties at other colleges, which are much bigger and more traditionally filled with sex and alcohol. Although, if you're taking the bus, you have to catch the two o'clock bus, or spend the night.

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Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Mount Holyoke, but at UMass the frat parties dominate the first few days before school starts.

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Greek Life: No Greek life, thank you.

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Greek Life: There are no sororities, unless you count the crew team!

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Greek Life: We don't have any Greek life. Some people tried to start a sorority, but people felt like it would be too exclusive.

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Greek Life: Mount Holyoke doesn't have a Greek life, which is a fact I am eternally thankful for. I attended a large university a year before transferring to Mount Holyoke, and rush week became hell week for non-Greeks. It most certainly dominated the social scene, and I don't think one body or group should do that on any campus. If you think Greek life is the only way to make close friends and a tight-knit group of people to live and study with, then you are wrong. Mount Holyoke has the community feel and the `sisterhood' without all the negatives or cliquish traits that Greek life can sometimes perpetuate.

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Greek Life: There is no Greek life-every slight attempt to start one has been squashed flat. Students want to preserve the community on campus, not section it off. Really, the whole school is like one giant sorority, even in the way the alumnae support their following classes. You don't need sorority sisters with these Mount Holyoke sisters.

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Greek Life: Instead of sorority pledging we have Dis-O, but Dis-O (Disorientation) does dominate the social scene. I do not miss the fact that we do not have sororities. I consider the entire college an all-inclusive sisterhood, unlike a sorority which picks and chooses its members.

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Greek Life: Mount Holyoke is such a warm, welcoming community that it makes a `Greek life' somewhat superfluous. Sometimes it feels as though the entire campus is one big sorority. I think that introducing a `Greek life' to the campus would only create division, and what students want in a college (especially in a smaller one) is unity.'

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Drug Safety: Not a lot of people do drugs on campus, and if they do, they usually get in trouble, because everyone is pretty uptight about smoking or doing drugs in the room.

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Drug Safety: There is a minimal drug scene.

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Drug Safety: MHC is pretty tame in terms of drugs. There is no substance-free housing, for the simple reason that it isn't usually a problem. Serious abuse of alcohol is rare (especially compared to other campuses), and I personally haven't encountered any illegal drugs on campus.

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Drug Safety: I didn't see much drug use while at school. Which, I suppose, says something in and of itself. Admittedly, I knew that there were drugs on campus, but if it's not part of your social circle, you don't have to deal with it. It's not that visible.

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Drug Safety: Lots of pot and coke-if you know where to look. Booze is a given. We all had at least a bottle of vodka or tequila hidden away (or out in the open) in our rooms.

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Drug Safety: Just some weed now and then.

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Drug Safety: Several of my roommates had pot in our rooms, and there were several times when I got stoned. However, it generally seems to happen off campus, and drug use is typically frowned upon.

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Drug Safety: I remember when one girl got busted for having marijuana-the incident made college newspaper headlines. It just seemed so unthinkable that someone could do something that stupid and irresponsible on a campus known for attracting intelligent and responsible women. I don't want to say that no one on campus ever does drugs-perhaps some people do, but you never hear about it, and none of your friends do it.

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Drug Safety: There is some drug use, but not very much. Neither drugs nor alcohol are central to campus life, although there are some groups that are very into both.

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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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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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