Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Smithereens @ Smith College

Learn More About Smith College Here!

"Founded in 1945 as the Albright Quartet, the Smithereens are proud to be the fourth oldest all-female a cappella group in the country, and to continue the tradition of making music at Smith College. We perform traditional and popular songs in the Pioneer Valley and at other New England schools. Our members come from all class years and academic backgrounds, with majors ranging from Neuroscience to German."
Continue reading here!

Monday, April 28, 2014

College isn't about the boys: Why women's colleges still matter

Charlsie Niemiec graduated from Hollins University, a women’s college, in 2010 with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing.

I came across a blog post she wrote in 2011 and wanted to share it on my blog. The title of her blog post is, “College isn't about the boys: Why women's colleges still matter” and I’m sure you'll enjoy reading it. I know I did.

Read Charlsie’s blog post here.

If you would like to learn more about Charlsie’s Alma mater, visit the college Web site here.

As an FYI, Charlsie is employed by a really cool company, Babiators as their Marketing & Social Media Manager (Babiators is a leading children's retail brand).

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pets on Campus

Would you like to take your pet to college?

Several women’s colleges enable you to do so.

Here’s one such college, Saint Mary’s College. This women’s college is the only college in the region that allows seniors to have their pets on campus. Learn more about the opportunity here or view photos here.

"About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2012 published by U.S.News and World Report. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Her College Story: A Unique Experience

By Khoobi Gangdev
Douglass Residential College
Class of 2014
Major: Marketing

Attending a women’s college is a unique experience. It molds you into a completely different person, because you are surrounded by such strong and supportive women! As I rush headlong towards graduation, I can’t help but reflect on the huge role that Douglass Residential College has played in my four years at Rutgers University.

As an international student, I am no stranger to homesickness. Home for me is another continent and another time zone. However, at Douglass, I found a community of supportive women who were open to everything I had to say. Believe it or not, my closest friend, who is also my roommate, is also a Douglass woman.

As a Douglass student, I am required to take a class called Knowledge and Power: Issue’s in Women’s Leadership. Before I attended the class, I never had the chance to critically think about issues that affect women in everyday life. The discussions in the class made me think back about my experiences with things like cat-calling and street harassment, and put them into a completely different perspective. As a mentor for the same class for two consecutive semesters now, I have had the chance to mentor about twenty women each semester. Just by listening, I have learned so much from each one of these women.

Douglass has a lot of traditions, which all of us, current students and alumnae, are very proud. One of my favorite traditions is Sacred Path. Each year, Sacred Path celebrates the moving up of classes with an elaborate ceremony, where each class year is given a charm that represents the year that has passed. Once a Douglass woman, always a Douglass woman.

My favorite experience at Douglass, hands down, was my internship with the Social Media and Communications Team. The internship taught me so much in a span of year. I learned about how it is possible to work independently while working in a team. I also gained valuable skills such as Social Media Marketing, Analytics for Social Media Platforms; and coming up with engaging content. These skills are going to be a great help to me as I step out into the world.

I came to Douglass because it was an all-women’s college, and that made my parents a little less worried about me attending college. But I fell in love with the beautiful campus, the old historical buildings, its traditions, and staggering number of opportunities it gives its students to succeed in life.

                                            © 2014 - Khoobi Gangdev

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Women’s College Students Have All the Fun!

Earlier in the month, on the Hollins University campus, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Renee Godard's Field Vertebrate Zoology class pitched in to help remove trash and algae from Oyster Pond.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Her College Story: "Clicking" with a Women's College

Kathleen "Kit" Kazmier
Moore College of Art & Design
Class of 2016
Illustration major with a Graphic Design minor

Something about Moore just stood out among the others, something about it just ‘clicked’ with me, the idea of attending Moore seemed so natural. I feel part of a close knit community and it feels just as much as a family as it does a school. I love the idea of smaller classes, allowing professors to get to know you on a more personal level. With that I feel as if they can better understand you as a student and as a developing artist. This environment has helped me grow more in my first year of college than I could ever have hoped for. I feel safe here, and I know that everyone is looking after one another and working together to grow together as artists.

There are certain aspects of Moore that definitely make it stand out amongst the rest of the art schools in Philly. Probably the most prominent being the fact that it is an all-women’s college, and this is something that I did not see very much of when I first started looking at schools. This wasn’t the main reason for deciding to go to Moore, but it was certainly a plus that I did not truly learn the benefits of it until I spent some time here. Being in a class room filled with fellow girls is a completely different experience; there is a stronger sense of connection and communication between us. We all know the struggles that we are going to face as women in the art field, and since it is an all girl’s school; Moore has the opportunity to focus on those issues that will help us get ahead once we graduate. Not only does the school look out for us, but we look out for one another as well. As a student who lives on campus, I frequently leave the building, day and night. We take care of one another, walk with each other, and make sure we’re back when we said we would be. It’s the little things that make you feel secure. We are all just so casual with one another, in and out of class. We are all women, and feel like we can talk openly about anything to one another. And I have come to notice that sometimes during class, it’ll dawn on me that there are no men around. You forget sometimes, because it just feels so normal. We are not only there because we are women, we are there because we are artists, and that is what matters.

There are so many aspects to look at when deciding on your education, but Moore seemed like an obvious choice to me. Moore is located heart of Philadelphia, yet almost tucked away from the overwhelming feeling of being in a ‘big city’ by being so close to the museum district. Anyone can tell that Moore is passionate about its role as an all women’s’ art college. They focus on everyone in hopes that they all will achieve their dream, and I feel confident that they will help me achieve mine.

It is hard to choose favorite classes, but my Digital Painting course at the moment really stands out. Before this year, I had never used a tablet before, and I had dreaded the idea of any digital course. But I absolutely love all of it. It is challenging yet amazing what can be created digitally. It has completely opened my eyes to the possibilities of art.

I am proud to be considered part of ELA (Emerging Leaders in the Arts), it has changed me already and I know it will continue to do so. I do hope to become part of other activities and organizations during my sophomore year, but that will have to wait for now.

As for the fact that I am attending a school in Philadelphia, who wouldn’t want to spend their time in one of the oldest and most historic cities around? There is art on every corner of every street. There are new cultures to see and taste. And there is just so much to do and experience here that one can never get bored.

                                               © 2014 -
Kathleen "Kit" Kazmier

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College

Gianna Sen-Gupta wrote an article, “Top 5 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College.” Her article was published earlier this week on NerdWallet.

The first reason
Gianna lists for attending a women’s college is: 

Women dominate science and engineering majors
“According to the National Science Foundation, roughly the same number of women earn bachelor’s degrees in the sciences as men, yet men account for over 80% of engineering majors. At all-female colleges, young women are leaders in technical fields and are unimpeded by the social pressures of a male-dominated environment.”

If you would like to learn about the other reasons she lists, continue reading
Gianna's blog post.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Horsewomen Attend Women’s Colleges

Congratulations to the Salem College Equestrian Team, who was selected for the Best Sportsmanship Award for Zone 5 Region 4 from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Answering the Question, Why a Women's College

Spring has sprung at Agnes Scott College in Decator, GA, just outside of Atlanta. Check out the college by reading their "At A Glance" page or watch the video below. Discover Why a Women's College here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

10 Reasons I Love Lady College

Maya posted a blog post that identifies 10 reasons she loves attending a women’s college. Here’s her first reason:

"Gender doesn’t decide who talks in class. In high school, I used to feel like either teachers would only call on boys, or that girls just weren’t supposed to speak as much as boys. No matter how confident I felt about the material, there would always be that guy sitting next to me shouting out the answer like that was his sole purpose in life, which would just make me feel like I shouldn’t bother saying anything at all. In a women’s college this never happens. Women own the whole space, and so when people talk in class, there’s no chance that their gender will be used to keep them from taking part."

If you would like to learn the other 9 reasons, continue reading here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Her College Story: Why Ashley is a Katie

By Ashley de los Reyes
St. Catherine University
Class of 2015
English and Theology Major


My name is Ashley.  I’m a Katie.

I never thought I would be.  Attending a local women’s university was not something I was even remotely interested in while in high school.  I was positive I wanted to go to one of the co-ed state colleges my classmates were applying to.  The thought of spending my undergraduate years at a school founded, maintained, and attended by women didn’t sound very appealing—at first.

While still a junior in high school, I toured St. Catherine University for the first time.  I remember that the grass was green, the birds were chirping, and the students were polite and friendly.  I thought the campus was beautiful, but I still wasn’t totally convinced this was the school for me.

And then I heard the story of our founder, Mother Antonia McHugh.  Her stubbornness, visionary leadership, and confidence stunned me.  If the idea of equally educating women not only to lead but to influence came from the very woman who founded our university, this was definitely the place for me!  St. Kate’s has been home ever since.

Three years ago I made the choice to receive my education from a women’s university.  Today, I am nothing but grateful for the opportunities I’ve gotten while here.  I’ve gotten to learn in an environment that is designed for women.  I’ve been able to get involved with on-campus clubs and work with other women leaders.  I’ve made friendships with my classmates that will last a lifetime. 

Among all of these, the best gift I’ve gotten is confidence: the confidence to know that hard works does indeed pay off, the confidence that women are excellent leaders, and the confidence that, because we are women, it is inevitable that we will influence this world for the better.

                                      © 2014 - Ashley de los Reyes

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What this Women’s College Student is Doing to Prevent Bullying: We Stop Hate

Today I’ll share with you yet another amazing college for women student story. Meet this Barnard College student, Emily-Anne Rigal from the class of 2016.

Emily-Anne is the Founder of We Stop Hate. Her organization is all about "raising self-esteem in teens (teen-esteem) through various social media platforms that engage teens to help each other gain confidence."

Learn more about her amazing story by watching the video or visiting the We Stop Hate Web site.

In a recent Huffington Post blog post, I blogged about a Barnard alumna, Ebonie Smith, and her commitment to helping women break into a male dominated profession; music production. In this blog post I included a powerful statement from Barnard College, "Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it." Emily-Anne is another example. If changing the world is on your to-do list, you might want to consider Barnard College. To learn more about Barnard College, visit the college Web site.