Mount Holyoke College Visit Report by figmentj
Admissions Interview: Yes - Interviewer was a student, standoffish and disengaged, with a list of questions. I was somewhat turned off by the interview itself.
Campus Tour: Yes - I toured the campus on my own during the discovery weekend I attended. It was fun and everyone I passed with my map offered help and were friendly. The campus is just gorgeous and full of surprises.
Overnight Visit: Yes - My host was very charming and friendly, showed me around and took me for coffee, as well as answering all my questions.
Classroom Visit: Yes - I attended a Philosophy of Science class. It was interesting, with a lot of free and articulate discussion. I was impressed by the level of conversation, much above what I was used to.
Campus Visit Notes for Mount Holyoke College
I first went to the campus in January for my interview. It was right after a major snowstorm, and the campus was mostly closed, so my first impression was of a somewhat barren, confusing landscape. The admissions office staff were a little standoffish, as was my interviewer, who was a student with a list of questions who seemed a little uncomfortable with the process and with me. I left feeling a bit put off.
I was accepted in March, and decided to attend the "Experience MHC" weekend in April before making up my mind altogether. It was a *world* of difference. The campus in spring was beautiful and alive and inspiring. The faculty were enthusiastic and helpful, and the students were clearly intelligent, articulate, and friendly. I attended a class and was really pleasantly surprised by the level of conversation. I'm transferring from community college, and I'm used to half the class being asleep, so it was amazing to sit in and be part of such a dynamic and invested group.
After my interview, MHC was about 5th on my list, but after my second visit, I was 100% sold and nowhere else would do. The environment was so supportive and welcoming, and the feel of a room without guys is subtly but powerfully different. I can't wait to attend school there full-time.