friendships at Mount Holyoke begin first
Frequently one can hear alumnae, seniors and
first years all talking about the people they
met in their first and second semesters at
Of course, this is not to say that every woman
makes her best friends in that one year.
But, the story of lasting first-year
friendships is common enough to be a recognizable
and important part of Mount Holyoke history.
have researched one “crowd” from
the class of 1930 that seems to be a fairly
typical experience of the time. Emily Hucker
’30 wrote home throughout her college
career and captured the story of her and her
friends from freshman to senior year.
to show that the same first-year bonding still
takes place at MHC, I have also talked to a
group of graduating seniors, class of 2004,
that have maintained intimate friendships that
in their first-year.
important distinction made through out this
portion of the site is that in 1930 the students
would have referred to themselves as "Freshmen"
and "girls." In 2004 the students
refer to themselves as "First-Years"
and "Women." This change in terminology
marks the change in the two experiences.