In my no-more summer of CTY, I had an incredibly shiny roommate named Natasha. Now, I was a two-year tragedy, but Natasha went to CTY for about as long as a person humanly can (five years and nine sessions), so she told me a lot of stories about events and people that came before me. In the course of all those stories, she kept saying that I'd really get along with her friend Norma.
That winter, I started emailing and IMing back and forth with Norma, who was in her first year at Bryn Mawr. Just like Natasha said, we got along really well. So well, in fact, that we decided to meet up in person that summer. When we did meet, one of the first things she said to me was "I don't recommend my school to everyone, but I think you'd really like it here."
I was flattered beyond belief. I'd come to respect her opinions a lot over the past couple months, so hearing that instantly made Bryn Mawr sound appealing. Plus, I was planning on looking into Swarthmore anyway-why not check out two schools on one trip?
You can probably guess the rest from here. I did an overnight with Norma that fall, fell in love with Bryn Mawr, applied, and hoped for the best. When the decisions came back that spring, my choice was fairly easy.
I'm a first year here now, still madly in love with my school, and still good friends with Norma. I hope I can do for another CTYer what she did for me.