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Solana Craig '18, Yale University

"Bryn Mawr has made me realize that you don’t have to be all about the academics. It’s
important to branch out."
Tell me about a particular teacher, class and/or coach who was really influential for you.

I loved my junior year U.S. History class because my teacher, Dr. Yeager, placed a huge
emphasis on debates and harkness discussions. This challenged me to examine different points of view by personifying historical figures and representing their views, rather than my own, in debates.

What kinds of extracurriculars were you part of at Bryn Mawr?

I played ice hockey, ran cross country, and was involved with Invest in Girls, Model UN, and CSL. I was also a writer for the Quill all four years and founded a club, “The Now”, during my sophomore year for students to learn about and discuss current events.

What was the college application process like for you?

It was not as stressful as it might seem! I actually enjoyed writing essays because it gave me a rare moment to be introspective, especially with some of the weird, quirky prompts.

Why did you choose Yale?

Visiting Yale on multiple occasions (both touring the college and accompanying my mom on her 25th reunion), I came to understand Yale’s unique sense of community, its unparalleled learning environment, and of course, the beautiful world of New Haven pizza! I’m interested in participating in community service and studying either economics or political science next year.

What are you looking forward to the most about college?

I’m excited to get to know a wider array of people and to take advantage of the unique
opportunities college has to offer. I might even study abroad, which is something I never found the time for at Bryn Mawr.

What school tradition are you most proud of?

I love bell ringing. When I was younger, there was nothing more exciting than getting asked to ring with a senior. That experience really intensifies and confirms the bonds you have with your friends in different grade levels at Bryn Mawr.

In what ways has Bryn Mawr prepared you for college?

Bryn Mawr has made me realize that you don’t have to be all about the academics. It’s
important to branch out -- participate in extracurricular activities, meet people, and make
connections, because in the end, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

Describe your senior year in three words.

Meaningful, exciting, laid back