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Jessica Cahn '18, The College of William & Mary

"Bryn Mawr pushed me in ways that I don’t think I would have gotten anywhere else. It’s made me a confident human being. It’s made me realize I am strong and have the ability to do whatever I want to do."
Tell me about your college search.

I visited over 30 schools and had a list of 15 to which I was interested in applying. Ms. Whalen worked with me to figure out what’s best about myself and how to narrow my list. She helped me learn to trust my gut about what I actually wanted in a college and be really honest with myself. She’s the greatest support system I’ve ever had here.

Why did you choose William & Mary?

When I was looking at colleges, I wanted a medium-sized school and a community where people really care about each other. I also wanted some history and spirit, similar to Bryn Mawr. What really sold me on W&M was a visit when I met up with a Bryn Mawr alumna who showed me around and talked about all of the opportunities on campus.

What do you plan to study?

William & Mary has an interdisciplinary public policy major -- it’s philosophy, economics, government, religion, and sociology all wrapped up in one, which is the coolest thing ever. I’ve always wanted to work in government. I’m thinking about minoring or double majoring in religion because I’ve always been interested in why people believe in the things they do. I also plan to continue in Spanish.

What are you going to miss the most about Bryn Mawr?

The all-girls environment. I wanted to go to a co-ed university, but I’ve enjoyed my single sex classes the most during Upper School. Being in an all-female classroom environment is the most invaluable things one can experience.
In what ways has Bryn Mawr prepared you for college?

Academically, I know how to articulate my thoughts appropriately and effectively argue my opinion. Somehow, Bryn Mawr does this and I feel very confident going into college and being taken seriously.