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Now girls are often raised to see love only as giving. Women are praised for their love when that love is an act of giving. But to love is to give AND to take. Please love by giving, and by taking. Give and be given. If you are only giving and not taking, you’ll know. You’ll know from that small and true voice inside you that we females are so often socialized to silence. Don’t silence that voice. Dare to take.
—  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, commencement speech at Wellesley College

Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: Every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you—whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.


Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Because you don’t have the alibi my class had—this is one of the great achievements and mixed blessings you inherit: Unlike us, you can’t say nobody told you there were other options. Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Twenty-five years from now, you won’t have as easy a time making excuses as my class did. You won’t be able to blame the deans, or the culture, or anyone else: you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Whoa.

—  From Nora Ephron’s epic commencement speech to Wellesley College’s Class of 1996
Science Says People Who Enjoy Being Alone Are More Likely To Be Successful

Science has a tendency to surprise you with its latest discoveries. Once again, this branch of study has found out that introverts may be more likely to achieve more and find success than extroverts. Success is craved by all, however most people are under the misconception that extroverts reaps the benefits of being successful due to their highly social nature. Science begs to differ and here are the top three reasons why:

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Tonight at the Cantab, it’s the CUPSI Warm-Up Slam! Teams of poets from Emerson College, Simmons College, Wellesley College, and Northeastern University (plus warm-up poems from Wheelock College) will compete in a nationals-style bout before they head to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Chicago next month. Come cheer on (or judge) your favorite undergrads!

anonymous asked:

Why did you choose Wellesley as a option?

There are a number of reasons why I’m interested in Wellesley.

First and foremost, I really believe in Wellesley’s stated mission of creating a space where women are encouraged not just to reach their own personal potential, but to have an outward focus and connect their academic work to service (as that’s an important focus of my studies and my life in general). I’m also attracted to the campus culture and the small class sizes; I want the opportunity to work closely with faculty, to not get lost in the crowd, and to be part of a campus that really feels like a community, and as a student leader who has done a lot of work with student organizations as well as college governance, Wellesley’s full-engagement philosophy connects well with my experiences.

Academically, I like that Wellesley has a reputation for rigor, and I’ve gone through their course listings and found a lot of courses that align with my particular research interests in both Anthropology and Political Science. I was really drooling over some of their applied anthropology course offerings (how awesome does “Anthropology of Queer Activism” sound??)

It also doesn’t hurt that I visited last year and absolutely fell in love with both the campus (it seriously looks a school for witches) and the region. From the moment I left Massachusetts, I’ve been trying to get back. A winter there might change my mind, but my visit perfectly matched my idealized vision of New England in the fall, and I was totally smitten.

There are actually a whole bunch of reasons why Wellesley stands out to me in my search for the perfect program, but those are kind of the highlights. ✨