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Jan. 17th, 2010


What you did to make guy friends


I was accepted ED (yay!) and have heard lots and lots about the fact that you have to put yourself out there in order to make guy friends/meet prospective boyfriends. I am outgoing and love to go out etc, so I don't see it as being a huge problem because I have a relatively good dating life, but what did you have do to in particular? I have heard of women meeting people through clubs and organizations, but what sort of things specifically?

Nov. 22nd, 2009

[SW] Fly free


"I'm just going to say this once"

The newest flame thread on Community has made it to other schools. Dartmouth boy Jeremy Pham, who has been taking classes here this past semester, has made some pretty low comments. Thoughts?

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Nov. 20th, 2009


transfer credit questions

hi guys,

i applied as a spring transfer, and won't hear back for another couple of weeks, but i was wondering if there are any students on here who transferred and could tell me what their transfer credit situation was, and what requirements they had to complete. is wellesley really picky in terms of what courses they grant credit for? i currently attend a private liberal arts college whose requirements are quite similar to wellesley's, but i am concerned about the QR requirement. am i still required to take the QR test and/or overlay course if i already took a stat class in college and earned a good grade? is the math requirement separate from the QR requirement? also, if i am currently taking a science course with a lab that is comparable to one of the science courses at W that has a QR prereq--would this be another possibility of fulfilling the requirement?

how flexible are the deans when taking into account each transfer student's unique situation and planned course of study? sorry for all the questions! I am an english major who is planning either a creative writing concentration or philosophy minor (since i know i probably won't be able to do both if i transfer), and i am just really concerned with being able to complete this (what with all of the requirements).

also, if anyone can shed some light on the english, creative writing and phil. departments it would be greatly appreciated!! :)

Nov. 14th, 2009


Was it a mistake to apply early?

I applied ED to Wellesley, it is by far the school I want to go to the most. However my grades last year suffered a bit. I was just wondering if you could look at what I have and tell me if I should have waited until my first term senior grades were in so that they would have been considered as well. Wellesley only has a tentative grade from each of my teachers this year. Not that any of this really matters at this point, but I am completely neurotic.

SAT Math: 730 Critical Reading: 750 Writing: 650 (took this once)
ACT Math: 35 Reading: 34 English: 35 Science: 31.........so overall, a 34 (this was the 2nd time I took this)
Class rank: 10/356

I took 3 APs last year, 4 this year. I am doing very well this year, and they have received my progress report, which shows one B , all others are in the A-range.
I have been in 10 plays/musicals, am assistant directing a play as we speak, have done years of choir, flute and piano, and have extensive volunteer work.
I even have a recommendation from the head choir director at Harvard (where I have done 2 years of choir).

My one weakness is my junior year grades. I got 4 B's out of 7 classes. Completely uncharacteristic of me. Plus, my sophomore year I had to leave half way through the school year and was home-schooled because my mom (who is a single parent had to travel for her job nearly continuously and couldn't leave us behind), so I basically just have freshman grades (which were all A's), a few sophomore grades (all A's), and then my crappy junior grades.

Please be honest. I would just like to know.

Oct. 1st, 2009




So as I'm visiting my old Livejournal haunt (instead of doing what else-- homework) I remember this community I spent so many hours pouring over in the quest to figure out if it was The One.

And now at this moment and at place in time, I'm here. Kind of surreal, still.

I know it's been months since the last update, but are there any other first years out there? :)

Aug. 29th, 2009

[SW] Fly free



Four years ago, I was still undecided on whether I should apply to Wellesley or not. My mother actually discouraged me from applying because she thought it was a finishing school. I posted to this community with a couple of questions and was absolutely blown away by the answers I got, as were my parents. And now, four years later, I'm writing to you as a rising senior at Wellesley, looking back on three years of a lot of hard work, but lots of great memories and experiences as well. So I just wanted to say thanks to everyone in this community who take their time to write to propsies and to share their experiences. It really made a difference for me. =)

Aug. 11th, 2009



Is a good education in a "hard" science possible at W?

Hey all! I've wanted to go to Wellesley for the longest time, and only now have the resources to apply, though it's for the Davis Scholars programme. Originally, I was going to apply as an undecided (re: a major), but for the past few months, I've become almost 100% certain I'd like to work in a forensic science field, probably criminalistics.

Which brings me to my question: is getting a good background/experience in criminalistics at Wellesley feasible if I am accepted? I realise there's the MIT cross-reg exchange, which would definitely have excellent science courses, but I've had a few people offline express their doubts that Wellesley is a good school for that career; claiming that, post-graduation, any crime lab would laugh me out of their office before I could open my mouth. I've done some checking, attempting to gather my own intel, but when it comes down to it, I'd rather have an answer straight from the horse's mouth.

Thanks in advance for your time! I'm really crossing my fingers here for a green light, as Wellesley's financial aid programme is exemplary, and I desperately need it in my current situation.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone for your thorough and well thought-out replies! They've given me a lot to think about. In the end, I may just go ahead with what Mum and a few friends were recommending from the beginning - apply as an undecided and figure out what major is a good fit for me somewhere down the line.

Jul. 12th, 2009


W prospective seeking answers...

I am an upcoming senior in high school.  I am fairly certain that I will apply to Wellesley early decision.  However, before I make my decision permanent, I have a few questions that I desperately need answered.  Any responses will be greatly appreciated, especially since the ED deadline is coming up November 1 (less than 4 months away, eeek!!!)

1a. In regards to standardized tests,  I read that the SAT and 2 SAT II tests OR the ACT is required.  So, does that mean if you submit the ACT, you do not need to submit the 2 SAT II scores?  

1b. However, if submition is required, and the early decision deadline is November 1 and I take the SAT subject tests in October, will it be ok? I checked the SAT site and it said scores will be reported online as early as October 29 and can be mailed to colleges by November 2.  

1c. Also, is the ACT superscored? Meaning I send in my best scores (for example, I got 29 composite with W-33, M-31, R-25, S-26 and then another time got a 28 composite with W-30, M-29, R-30, S-24) in order to create an overall score of 30? Or am I required to send in all ACT scores that I have ever taken?

2. Also, I read that you need two academic teacher recommendations.  If I had a teacher that taught CAI, banking and finance, accounting, and web design, would that be allowed? Although he isn't an AP/honors teacher, I've had him 3 years and have had to do community service with him. 

3. Do you recommend ED? If the school is my number one choice, will I have a better chance at getting in by doing ED or RD? (I am fairly certain that this is a stupid question and the answer is obviously ED, but I just want to check)

4. While the interviews are optional, yet highly recommended, would you suggest I get one? If it is, I intend to visit Wellesley in late September for an interview, campus tour, and maybe special program where I sit in on a class and/or spend the night in a dorm.

5. I am a serious, fairly quiet student.  Because my strong points tend to be math and computer, do you think I will have a difficult time in writing classes/discussions?  How much discussion/out loud reading/talking about our personal experiences&thoughts are used during classes?

6. I am kind of picky when it comes to dorms.  I am a very clean, organized person.  How are dorms? Are they fairly quiet, clean, spacious, etc?

Sorry, I know I have loads of questions! THANKS!!!

Jul. 8th, 2009



Does anybody know how room 29 of Severance is like??
I'm hearing it's on the basement level, and it's a triple.
Also, how is the general social atmosphere like in severance?

May. 19th, 2009

KK, Karkat vantas, Homestuck


Transfer student with some questions!

Hi everyone! I'm going to be coming to Wellesley in the fall as a sophmore transfer student, and I have some questions regarding musical groups and the like.

I've been playing the trumpet for about seven years now, and I'd like to join a group to perform at Wellesley. I haven't had the chance to play with others for three years or so due to issues with the new band director at my high school and my current community college not giving me the opportunity.

So, my questions are--
1. How selective/hard are auditions? Would they mind me auditioning using, say, a John William's piece from Star Wars or another movie theme of some sort?
2. What are your experiences with the different musical organizations (Jazz, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, Chamber Music Society)?
3. How time-consuming is it playing an instrument as an extra curricular activity? I'm double-majoring in Japanese language and European history, and to fill all my requirements I'll be taking about 6 classes a semester--plus a work-study job. I want to know how the workload will be, so to speak.
4. Because I noticed a distinct lack of brass players when looking at the Chamber Music Society groups... how many brass players are there, about? (This is just a question based out of my own curiosity, please don't take it the wrong way. I think we should all play what we want, after all.) I think it'd be great to try and get a brass ensemble put together.

Thanks for your help, and I'm sorry if these questions were asked before--I looked, but haven't been able to find anything that covered what I wanted to know.

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