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Olivia Rubin '18, Duke University

"This has been my home for 13 years and it’s crazy to think I’m leaving it behind. I’m going to miss the people, that’s what makes Bryn Mawr so special."
What are you looking forward to the most about college?

The different class options, opportunities like real world experiences and internships, the college environment, a sense of freedom and getting to know new people. And, of course, playing lacrosse!

Why did you choose Duke? 
I chose Duke because I love the mixture of its strong academics and athletics programs. When I was going through the college process, I knew I wanted a rigorous academic program, but at the same time, a sense of school camaraderie. My dad played lacrosse at Duke too and it’s always been a dream of mine to go there.

What do you plan to study?
I’m keeping my options open. I want to go in with an open mind and take a lot of classes and figure out what I love. I haven’t figured it out yet. I’m ok with that.

What are you going to miss the most about Bryn Mawr? 
We have such a tight knit community and our grade is so close. I get so emotional when we talk about leaving - this has been my home for 13 years and it’s crazy to think I’m leaving it behind. I’m going to miss the people, that’s what makes Bryn Mawr so special.

Which teacher has been most influential during your 13 years at Bryn Mawr? 
I never considered myself an English scholar, but Ms. Summers made me fall in love with literature, analyzing books, and finding the deeper meaning behind it all. This year, I took American Indian Studies with her - it’s interesting to learn about a culture that’s foundational to our country, but that we don’t know a lot about. Ms. Summers has made English really fun for me and I now look forward to it.

How has your Bryn Mawr experience helped you grow?
Our community has opened my eyes in so many ways in the sense of understanding other perspectives in the world and knowing there’s a time to listen and a time to use your voice. It’s really shaped the person I’ve become. I’m more compassionate and willing to listen and that’s completely due to Bryn Mawr.
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