Probably my favorite thing about Hell Week was the opportunity to become part of a Hell Family. I loved being able to straightforwardly ask someone I looked up to become a part of my life, and that that relationship came with a built-in kinship structure. Lillie is a senior political science major and sociology minor. She and I sat down for a little interview about Bryn Mawr and Hell Week.
Me and Lillie during trials.
Ingrid Asplund: How did you come to be a Bryn Mawr student?
Lillie C: I wanted to go to school in the city so I was looking at schools in the city, and my family wanted me to look at Bryn Mawr and Haverford because they’re Quaker. I wanted to go to school where people were serious about doing work, because that’s what motivated me in high school, so Bryn Mawr was my top choice.
IA: What is something you love about Bryn Mawr?
LC: Right now, I like my dean and more generally that at Bryn Mawr people care about your learning and are not just trying to put you through school. I have Carpal Tunnel right now and I feel like my dean and professors have been very understanding of that.
IA: What would you change about Bryn Mawr?
LC: I think the social life at Bryn Mawr needs to change, and I think group housing could fix that. It would be easier for some people to socialize that way.
IA: As a senior, what do you think Bryn Mawr has given you that you will take into post-graduate life.
LC: Bryn Mawr has made me a better writer.
IA: What was your favorite thing you had to do during Hell Week?
LC: Putting up goofy posters, because I got to bond with my Hell sister and it felt fun and harmless.
IA: What was it like helling multiple people?
LC: It took more prep than I realized. Making a schedule is hard. But it was good to get to know other people and co-helling got me in touch with other Hell families which was great.
IA: Tell me about what it was like to transition from Hell Week freshman year to Hell Week as an upperclasswoman.
LC: It was more fun to be a heller, definitely, because you know what is going on. Being a grand-heller is easier but you’re not as involved.
The time right after Hell Week is the best your first week. Before Hell Week I was a little bit embarrassed to carry my red tote bag that signified my class year around but after Hell Week I felt proud to be a freshman because everyone had communicated how much they love us.
IA: What was something unexpected about Hell Week?
LC: I’m pretty sensitive to how other people are feeling, and I always want to fix hard situations for other people, especially when I’m in a position where I feel like I have responsibility for them. It was hard when you were so sad when Hell Week was over because I wanted to make sure everyone was having a great time.
IA: Is there anything you wish you had done differently when you were being helled?
LC: Do more at the beginning—go all out in the beginning, get some rest on the weekend. I didn’t get that Hell Week was all about loving freshmen.
IA: Any final words?
LC: I love traditions. They’re part of why I came to Bryn Mawr.