Lindsey BaldwinAs the 2018–19 school year comes to an end, we’re sharing the college choice stories of several members of the Class of 2019!

In what grade did you come to MPA?
I came to MPA in ninth grade after moving to St. Paul from Marquette, Michigan.

How did you come to choose the college that you did?
I was first encouraged to visit Wellesley College because it is a women’s college and because of its reputation for academic excellence and social justice. When I visited, I fell in love with the positive, supportive environment and the dedication to feminism among Wellesley students. I ultimately chose Wellesley because it is a perfect fit for me, and I know that the college and my peers there will help me grow as a student and as a person.

What are you most excited about as you embark on your college experience?
First and foremost, I am excited to study at a women’s college. While it is not representative of the “real world,” the prospect of engaging in learning unencumbered by gender roles and societal expectations is invigorating. I am very passionate about women’s and other social issues, and because Wellesley is committed to exploring and alleviating those burdens, I know that it will be a perfect place for me to grow.

What did you appreciate most about the college counseling process at MPA?
The College Counseling Office was incredibly helpful throughout the application process. I am most thankful for Ms. Pederson’s support and advice, particularly the several rounds of editing my application essays. College Counseling was also very useful before applications. Ms. Pederson’s knowledge and access to additional college search resources made finding great college options possible and relieved much of the stress associated with college.

What about your MPA experience has best prepared you for college?
At MPA, I was introduced to diverse ways of thinking and learned the value of keeping an open mind. Understanding that any issue can be viewed from countless perspectives is a valuable skill, particularly at a time when society is increasingly polarized. In-class discussions and debates gave me the opportunity to craft my own opinion while recognizing the validity and importance of everyone else’s, and I have been able to learn so much more as a result.

What is your advice for MPA’s Class of 2031 (kindergartners)?
I encourage the class of 2031 to try new things! Fear of failure is human nature, but failure is inevitable. Trying new things regardless of success will allow you to find activities and subjects that you are interested in (and have fun in the process).

Insight from Ms. Pederson, Director of College Counseling:
Lindsey considered a number of excellent East Coast small liberal arts colleges as she began her search. Like most young women who attend women’s colleges, she began with a list of mostly coed schools, but as she continued with college research and campus visits, she ultimately found that Wellesley had the best combination of the qualities she sought, including phenomenal academics and commitment to social justice. I would add that they also have an impressive alumnae network reaching across the country and world, and even into the MPA community via Ms. Murr. A talented singer and bassoonist, swimmer and lifeguard, active volunteer and alumna of MPA’s civil rights bus tour last summer, Lindsey has much to share with the Wellesley community. I look forward to keeping in touch as she progresses through her college years!

The 55 members of the Class of 2019 were offered admission to 107 different colleges and universities in 30 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. They will attend 44 different schools in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Learn more about MPA’s College Counseling program here!

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