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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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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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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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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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