Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This past weekend, I visited my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, for my ten-year reunion. It was, in a word, amazing. I'd never exactly forgotten how much I loved my time at Bryn Mawr, or how inspiring it was to be surrounded, every single day, by such brilliant, driven and remarkable women, but I'd forgotten the sense of wonder that experience gave me. No more, friends. Never again will I take those four years for granted.

And it doesn't hurt that the campus is unbelievably lush and full of breathtaking neo-Gothic architecture. I mean, this place was designed by Calbert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead (they of Central Park in Manhattan) - how could it not be stunning?

I visited most of my old dorms, even peeking into my senior year room, which was a ridiculously palatial single with thirteen-foot ceilings, a fireplace and a wall of windows (windowseat, too, natch).

I also paid a too-brief visit to Haverford College, just a mile down the road. Bryn Mawr and Haverford have an unusually close, cooperative relationship (same class schedules, same meal plan, ability to live, take any class or major at either college, and so on), and I majored in religion there.

I had cocktails with my thesis advisor and two of my fellow majors, and managed to snap a photo of Haverford's undeniably picturesque Skating House.

I really can't wait ten more years before I go back again. Even five might be a challenge.


Ms. Graham said...

I think we should have a Bi-Co weekend back there sometime. Just get a hotel on the Main Line and visit our old favorite places! I'm glad you had fun.

Alison said...

So glad you had a great time. Read your FB posts and tweets with envy. Already regret missing it...

The Curmudgeon said...

Oooohhhh nostalgia! I miss it... my reunion last year was fantastic. We've all come so far, yet are, at heart, still the same girls in white eating strawberries on May Day morning.

Meg Blocker said...

@Ms. Graham - YES! What a wonderful idea! I missed out on seeing the Lloyds, and I'd love to get back and do that. Oooooh, I'm liking this road trip plan...

@Alison - We really missed you! You definitely have to come next time.

@The Curmudgeon - Exactly. It was remarkable to me how it seemed as though no time had passed. (The babies helped allay that feeling a bit, of course.)

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