You have never seen a graduated Women’s Studies major. You hear of them, and one of them was your friend, once, but you do not know where they go once they are handed their degree. Every year there are more squirrels. That one looks like your friend.
You get an eerie feeling walking through the upper levels of main. Your friend told you this is where they filmed the Scream movies. You believe it, since you cannot shake the feeling of a masked person right behind you as you pretend you’re alone.
Air conditioning is a luxury. Campbell does, but those suites are reserved for a lucky few. If one may brave the apartments they can also find it there. Inman chooses the temperature of each person’s hell, frozen over or boiling, with not much in the ways of middle ground. It is whispered Hopkins has individual ac in the rooms, but nobody knows where exactly Hopkins is. Nobody has ever seen it.
There is a rocking chair that Betty White sat in, somewhere. She never actually left. In the witching hours you may hear her, still rocking. It’s been years.
It’s two am and the train is blowing it’s whistle. You sit in bed and listen to the wail, neither growing closer nor fading into the black, unseen night. It does not stop. You look at your watch. It’s three am and the train is blowing it’s whistle.
Those who are engaged are thrown into the alumnae pond. The alumnae in the pond reaches out, grasping with withered hands at the new sacrifice. She screams and is assimilated. Her friends cheer.
You have forgotten quite what men look like. You know that they exist, and some of them are your professors, but still the image cannot be brought to mind. You discover that female has become your default gender assumption, if you assume genders at all. You’ve forgotten the word ‘girls’. The word is ‘women’s’ and has always been.
No matter what time of day or night it is, there is always someone brushing their teeth in the bathroom. You do not know who they are. You wish they would leave as you stare at the back of the stall door, listening to the sound of bristles on exposed bone. When you exit the stall there is nobody there. Part of you wonders if there ever was.
The Black Ring Mafia claims those who pass one and a half years. The Ring shows up one night on your finger of choice. It cannot be removed and never will be. You have been chosen. Forever those who are marked by black obsidian will know each other by sight, and by a deliberate gesture of their right hand.
It’s August. A fan blows air into a room in Rebecca. The air is no cooler than the room already is, but it is supposed to help. A woman lies on her bare mattress naked, resigned to her fate of melting. She does not melt. The fan blows air and does nothing.
Hair changes colors overnight. Some are lucky, with only sections at a time changing, while others are not as much. One has their entire head hot pink. Another has a streak of green among black. So many are blue, but only the ends.
It is fried chicken Wednesday. People are excited. The line stretches past any other in Evans, stretching out the arch and down along the senior table. You don’t like chicken. Still, you stand in line. It grows longer as you wait. The woman behind the counter asks what you want. You do not like chicken but you ask for a drumstick. She searches under endless breasts and thighs. You are given your chicken and the contract is completed. Lunch is over. The line still stretches on.
People speak of declining. You speak of declining. It is precious and limited. You do not know how much you have left. You ration it for ice cream and pizza bagels. The woman behind the counter smiles at you, knowing better than you how much left you have to spend. You do not know what happens when you run out. She smiles at you.
Drop date is this week. It is always this week, when it wasn’t yesterday. You feel like you remember it being drop date already, but that cannot be right. Drop date is definitely tomorrow. You know that. You have always known that.
What did you like the most about your college? I'm just curious because I'd never heard of it before.
Oh, wow. Okay, well, I’m not surprised that you’ve not heard of it before. Agnes Scott College is a tiny, tiny private, liberal arts, women’s college in Decatur, GA (just outside of Atlanta, GA). And by “tiny,” I mean less than 1,000 students.
There’s nothing that I liked “most” about Agnes. I can’t choose; there’s too many wonderful aspects to being an Agnes Scott woman.
First, it’s, like a said, a Women’s College. (NOT a “girl’s school.” A “WOMEN’S COLLEGE.”) And I don’t like that it’s a women’s college because of my sexual preference for women. (It doesn’t HURT, but that’s not why. haha.) I took several classes at coed institutions over the summer and I hated the gender bias. Yes, there was massive gender bias. One class even had us play a game (a Jeopardy-like game) and the professor split us into two “teams.” It was boys vs girls. That in and of itself wasn’t so bad. It was when the professor, a male, began rooting for the boys’ team to win. He’d say things like, “Come on, guys. You can’t let a bunch of girls beat you!” While it was supposedly meant to be a teasing comment, it did not sit well with me at all. (Note: the girls kicked ass, by the way.) I just like the fact that there’s no gender competition in class. And you can discuss things in a classroom full of women that you wouldn’t be able to in a mixed-gender classroom.
Secondly, the small class sizes were amazing. ♥ My largest class consisted of 26 students. And that was an introductory Sociology course my first year. The average class size is, I believe, somewhere around 15 students. But I was a mathematics major, so OUR average class size was 7 or so. Yes. Seven students. My smallest class, a 400-level math course, consisted of 3 students, including myself. I loved it. ♥
Agnes has some of the best professors ever, particularly in the math, education, and literature/creative writing departments. I don’t even need to expand upon this because it’s just a fact.
Also, I just adore the campus. It is so beautiful!! Gothic architecture, stunning landscaping, well-manicured quad… it’s just so… serene. I loved just sitting out on the quad reading, doing coursework, chatting with friends or just sitting and being quiet. ♥
You know, a lot of people don’t realize this but….
The animals at the zoo represent so many opportunities for biologists around the world to learn basic information about, well, animals! We get research proposals all the time from researchers, both among our own staff and globally, seeking permission to include the animals in their research. We approve the proposals that are of the greatest scientific value, that have potential to help us even further improve our qualities of animal care, and that are certain to cause no harm of any form to the animals. Recently two papers were published in major academic journals by scientists from regional universities that contribute some fascinating information to the global body of knowledge about animals.
Dr. Bonnie M. Perdue (Department of Psychology, Agnes Scott College) published:
Perdue, B.M. 2016. The effect of computerized testing on Sun Bear behavior and enrichment preferences.
Behavioral Sciences 6, 19; doi:10.3390/bs6040019
The field of comparative cognition investigates species’ differences and similarities in cognitive abilities, and sheds light on the evolutionary origins of such capacities. Dr. Perdue realized that, while cognitive studies commonly are conducted with animals such as dogs, elephants, primates, and even giant pandas, many animals have never been studied. So, she applied some standard methods, using an ingenious rugged computerized touchscreen apparatus, to our sun bears. Bears typically use their tongues to explore and manipulate their environment and, she found that the bears actively engaged the touchscreen menus with their tongues.
The screens had dabs of honey on them in the earlier trials, to draw the bears’ attention to these novel objects. Once familiarized with the screens, the bears proceeded to learn to interact with specific color- or shape-targets on the screen in exchange for treats. Soon, the bears were preferring to interact with the computer screens more than any of the other enrichment items available to them. This study discovered a new method by which bears can be studied and showed that the experiments were preferred by the bears who actively involved themselves at every opportunity. This is fascinating stuff!
Alexis Noel (a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech) and her colleagues published:
Noel, A.C., Guo, H-Y., Mandica, M., Hu, D.L. 2017 Frogs use a viscoelastic tongue and non-Newtonian saliva to catch prey.
Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14: 20160764.
Frogs can capture insects, mice and even birds using only their tongue, with a speed and versatility unmatched in the world of synthetic materials. How can the frog tongue be so sticky? In this multi-faceted study that included some frogs here, used high-speed films of frog feeding to understand the behaviors involved in tongue-feeding. Then they used high-tech measurements and characterizations of frog tongues at Georgia Tech to investigate the structural properties of frog tongues and saliva.
They found that the tongue’s unique stickiness results from a combination of an incredibly soft and stretchable anatomy soft and a saliva that simply does not follow the normal rules of how liquids respond to pressure. The tongue acts like a car’s shock absorber during insect capture, absorbing energy and so preventing separation from the insect. The unique saliva spreads over the insect during impact, grips it firmly to the tongue, and yet it slides off easily once it is back in the mouth. This combination of properties gives the tongue 50 times greater work of adhesion than known synthetic material (such as everyone’s favorite, the sticky-hand toy). These insights offer many new ideas and models for applications in industry and engineering. Yet more proof that frogs are the coolest animals on Earth!
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Hi there. I you comment on a post about ASC financial aid. I was wondering, do you go there? . If so, pros and cons? Food? Dorms? I'm hopefully going to visit in a few weeks; It's at the top of my list as of now. :)
Yes! I’m a sophomore (really a junior based on credit hours, but still a part of the class of 2016) and it’s a WONDERFUL school. Pros: Super small, individualized attention, great sense of community, great learning environment, supportive environment, great students, faculty, and staff. Cons: Some people can get really uncomfortable with the small size, some people feel like we live in a bubble, you are required to live on campus (or in the Anges-owned apartments) all four years, meal plans are required every year. I personally like the food here. Monday-Friday it’s great. Weekend food can get iffy, but even so, there is always something to eat. We really have the best dining on a college campus around Atlanta, though it is more limited than that of a large school. Dorms are great! At Agnes you sacrifice some things like high-tech, new buildings for historical, roomy buildings. First year dorms have A/C and are the newest on campus (though they’re renovating Campbell to be dorms and I get to live there next year hellz yeah). I lived in Walters and it was great. I live in Main now and it and Rebekah Hall do not have A/C but fans work well. The rooms are pretty spacious for dorms, especially compared to some of the closets that other colleges pass off as rooms. All of them have walk-in closets! Scotties like to party, too. We’re a dry campus only because we do our drinking elsewhere. We will sometimes have function that serve alcohol with valid ID though. If you like to party, Scotties always party in groups and look out for each other. If you don’t, there is a huge community of people who share your feelings and they chill and do things on campus and stuff. There really is something for everyone. For the boy-hungry, there are frat parties and OKCupid and other friendship/dating sites. For the girl-hungry, there are 1,000 girls on campus and at least 15% of them are interested too. For those interested in someone of a non-binary gender, there is a community of people on campus and in the surrounding area that are right there with you. I am including all of our trans* men, women, and non-binary in there as well.
That is all I can think of off the top of my head, please feel free to ask me anything else about it!!!
Of course permission to publish! :) Haha. But my specific question, I guess, is would you guys choose it all over again? And what would help you stand out in the application process? :)
hey sorry I missed this message!
so for your first question: yes. Choosing to come to Agnes was the absolutely single best decision I ever made. Now, I know not everyone feels that way. But I’ve never regretted coming to Agnes. I’ve been excited for when I am leaving, just because I want something new. And I’d say that is a pretty common experience.
Agnes is super small. And feels even smaller because by the time you are a senior you may be taking classes with about 5-20 people in your department. So the desire to escape that can be strong sometimes.
I’m definitely not an expert on the admissions process, other than I know I got in and got an fin aid package that totally helped me afford to come here.
From my own experience, I was super honest in my application. I struggled a lot in high school because of the pedagogy of a coed institution and how public high schools deal with mental health issues. And I put that into my application. I think Agnes really focuses are the person you are and the person you want to be instead of how smart you are, or how well you did in high school. Obviously they want you to do well in college!
But “doing well” at Agnes means a lot of different things, so I know admissions/fin aid is not based solely on grades.
Are you close enough where you could visit the school? That was the major selling point to me. Seeing the kind of person who attends Agnes definitely made me think “this is the kind of person I want to be.” Impassioned, aware of the world around her, interested in her peers work.
That’s what I have. Anyone other Scotties who can help out?