“Lives of the Mawrters” Offers Students’ Perspective on the Bryn Mawr Experience

Posted December 2nd, 2010 at 3:54 pm.

Dormitory bathrooms, taking courses at Haverford and Swarthmore, rising at dawn to row on the Schuylkill, rounding up volunteers to teach art at a local community center, a South American’s perspective on life in the United States, a trip to D.C. for the Jon Stewart rally, musing on how digital media might change the role of undergraduates in humanities research, speculation about life after graduation — all these are topics recently tackled at Lives of the Mawrters, a new blog written by Bryn Mawr students.

Lives of the Mawrters, launched in November, features regular entries by six current students as well as the occasional post from a guest blogger (like this post from English Major Jen Rajchel ’11 about the nationwide symposium she recently organized on digital humanities research). Pamela Burt, a junior who hails from Paraguay, blogs en Español.

The bloggers of Lives:

bakkeKatherine Bakke, a senior from Portland, Ore. Bakke, who plans to become a physician, majors in religion at Haverford.  She has been a member of the Art Club Executive Board, SGA Plenary Committee, and The Bi-College News Editorial Board. Through grants from the Bryn Mawr College Dean’s Office and Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, she has spent a summer working on fostering migrant health care programs in Cornelius, Oregon,  and a second summer researching the efficacy of health-literacy programs in Tucson, Arizona.

pamela_burt_thumbPamela Burt, a junior from Asunción, Paraguay, is blogging in Spanish. A sociology major with an environmental-studies concentration, she has been a member of “Hepburn’s Closet” (a fashion club), the Owl Investment Group, and Bryn Mawr’s chapter of Amnesty International. Although she relishes living in Bryn Mawr’s Collegiate-Gothic style dormitories, she spend quite a bit of time in Philadelphia and on other college’s campuses. She’ll be studying abroad in Milan next semester.

henkindSarah Henkind is a sophomore who recently declared a major in history of art — and is thinking of a second major in English. She is from Larchmont, N.Y., although her family recently moved to Naples, Fla. As a member of the College’s rowing team, she has found that athletics helps her with time management and gives her more energy to focus on her academic work. She also serves as a dorm president, a member of the Self-Government Association, and a representative to the College’s Traditions Committee.

jasmine1Jasmine Howell is a senior from Roxbury, Mass. A math major, she minors in biology and also has plans to attend medical school — after a little “real world” experience. Among a plethora of other activities, she serves as a tour guide in the Admissions Office, volunteers in a Salvation Army after-school program, belongs to the Sisterhood (an affinity group for African-American students). Howell is a Posse scholar.

kerle_thumbAntonia Kerle, a senior sociology major, holds three passports—from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. Born in Hong Kong, she grew up traveling the world. Her academic interests include international politics, social justice and civil society in the developing world. During her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Bali, Indonesia, where she conducted ethnographic research on the local women’s movement. As a graduating senior, Kerle spends a fair bit of time in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Career Development Office.

ellieEllie Rhymer is a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing; she hails from Freedom, N.H. A member of the Shakespeare Performance Troupe, she sometimes writes for the College News, a feminist student publication, and she has been a member of Mawrter Entertainment, a student organization that brings live music to the Bryn Mawr campus. She works for the College’s Civic Engagement Office.

photo of Jomaira SalasJomaira Salas is a sophomore Posse Scholar who was born in the Domincan Republic but calls Lynne, Mass., home. A double major in sociology and education, she is the student coordinator of Bryn Mawr’s partnership with Parkway West High School in West Philly; she also works as a tour guide in the Admissions Office. She is passionately committed to the education and empowerment of women around the world.

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