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Apr. 11th, 2007 | 03:33 pm
posted by: i_llbthere4u in brynmawr2011

so i don't think i've officially introduced myself here yet and that seems to be the latest trend.

I'm Naomi and I'm currently a freshman. I live in a two room double in rock which is one of the smallest freshman doubles I have seen here, but yet it is quite spacious compared to what you'd find at most other schools. I applied fall ED last year and have pretty much been madly in love with bryn mawr since i first toured spring break of my junior year of high school. I'm a math major and possibly minoring in geology. I'm hoping to do the AB/MA program meaning I'll graduate in four years with both a bachelors and a masters in math. awesome opportunity if you have transferrable AP or IB credits. Extracurricularly I am in Lavender's Blue (the oldies a cappella group) and JSU (Jewish Student Union). Ask me about anything related to any of this. I love talking about bryn mawr because it's just that fabulous. Also, I've taken classes at Haverford and know people at both Haverford and Swat, so if you have questions about tri-co relations and/or the transportation system, i'm pretty knowledgable in that area as well. I'm going to be on a panel at open campus days, so maybe i'll see some of you there. also, Lavender's Blue is performing that night for all of you at 9. please come because we're premiering a song that i arranged and have the solo in so it should be a fun time. if i don't see you then, i look forward to seeing you in the fall. have a great rest of senior year!

~Naomi~

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from: existentialove
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
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hey naomi, i'm gaby, a sophomore, and i'm also in an ab/ma program, but for french. i have heard good things about the math program from a lot of people. i just want to clarify for the little '11ers that you don't need ib or ap credits to do an ab/ma program. i came to bryn mawr with no aps or ibs or anything and i will definitely be able to do this program, with another major (which has a thesis, art history). i'm able to do that, only taking 4 classes a semester, because:
--i had a lot in high school and tested out of french grammar and into the first literature class, which is a relatively advanced place for a freshman to be, i was with mostly sophomores and some juniors.
--i did summer programs (i don't know how this works for the math ma): bryn mawr has a program in avignon that gives you credit, so i took 2 ab courses there last summer and am taking 2 ma courses there this summer.
--i plan to start both theses a summer early and i have an extra summer to finish my french thesis

i just wanted to show another successful ab/ma experience and let interested people know that they can definitely accomplish this without pre-existing credits. i guess what you mean is that to do this program one has to be adequately advanced coming to bryn mawr. that's definitely true. i'm excited, naomi, that you're this ambitious as a freshman. good for you! i hope some of you pre-frosh are looking into programs like this. bryn mawr is small and caring and will make this work out for you if you work hard!

gaby '09

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from: existentialove
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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another thing that has helped me, which is probably help you too naomi, is that i settled on my majors early (before i got to bmc) so i have taken at least 1 class in each major every semester here, and that adds up and gets one far. so freshmen and pre-frosh, if you want to do something ambitious, you need to decide early. they tell you you have two years to decide, but this is not really true.

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from: bohorseok
date: Apr. 19th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
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Hi Naomi, I think I saw you this weekend, both on the panel and in Lavender's Blue. I remember the name, at least.
I would love to hear anything about JSU and the BA/MA program in math that you can tell me. What's Pesach like, in particular? Actually, also Lavender's Blue, because you guys were great at the concert.

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<3~Naomi~<3

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from: i_llbthere4u
date: Apr. 19th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
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Thank you. If you're interested in singing at all, you should definitely try out for Lavender's Blue. We sing only oldies, although we currently have a debate going in the group concerning what is to be defined as oldies. is it a genre or a time period or both? We're real chill and we have a lot of fun. We're only losing one senior next year, but because we have so many juniors we're definitely going to be letting in more than one person next year to balance out the classes.

JSU is pretty cool, although it annoys me how many jews there are on campus who never do anything with us and so it sometimes feels like there aren't a lot of jews on campus, but there actually are. I live about 45 minutes from campus, so this year i was able to go home for both seders, but i have friends who went to the seders on campus and really enjoyed them. For all of the holidays JSU's main goal is to make you feel comfortable away from home. We went to a local synagogue to hear the megillah read at Purim and they had a latke-hamentaschen debate at hanukah time. there are also several social events which are a lot of fun. We went to Longwood Gardens in the winter when they had the gorgeous light displays out (i know they're really for christmas, but who doesn't need light in winter time?), we have mini birthday parties each month for whoever's birthday was in that month, and we had a party at the end of passover with pizza and other such chametzy type stuff.

I can't really tell you much about the AB/MA program because I haven't yet gotten to the graduate level classes yet, but i've talked to seniors in the program and they say it is totally doable.

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from: bohorseok
date: May. 10th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I love oldies! Maybe I will audition for Lavender's Blue. I definitely want to continue doing a cappella, as my high school group was so much fun.
I am so relieved to hear that the JSU is somewhat active! It's still going to be a culture shock leaving a Jewish day school, but I will have some silly-awesome Jewishness to fall back on.
Thanks for the information!

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from: katherines
date: Apr. 28th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Can we participate in groups not marked as "Haverford/Swarthmore" only? Example: I really want to do ballroom dancing, which Bryn Mawr doesn't have but Swat does; can I do that?

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from: i_llbthere4u
date: Apr. 28th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't really know how specific organizations work, but i think that you can. It's worth contacting the people in charge of the group. I know someone who goes to swat who is in a swing dancing group and there are definitely BMC people who do that as well, so it's definitely something worth looking into.

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