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This letter was written by Mary to her mother during her first semester in college. Written on college stationery paper in black ink. She described her dorm room and the courses she was taking.
Sept 18 '24
I am going to try and write you on Wednesdays and Daddy on Sundays once a week.
We are not quite settled yet. Our room so far is beautiful. We couldn't think of any thing [sic] else to add to its' charm. Every thing [sic] matches. Our rugs (6) are ordered but not yet here. They
are in rose and blue and white Everyone thinks ours is the best in the dorm. My course is stiff but I think I will like every bit of it - Taking 15 credits
Credits (No Sat. classes)
5 Greek (?) 5 times a week
4 Applied Chem. 3 " "
3 English 3 " "
2 O.T. Books 2 " "
1 Gym work 2 " "
Greek will keep me busy most of my time. It is hard but there is no excuse for not making good in it if I work hard. It's not like math which is always so difficult for me to reason. I'll do my best. I won't drop anything or be failed. Yesterday I had classes all morning. Yesterday Today - only Greek.
I love college as I knew I would. I'm surprised I love to study as I've found I do. If I only had some of Dad's brains I could be
an A scholar - but I can't. If you ever have another child tell Papa to distribute more of his brains - Ha!
Rec'd check from Dad & from. Miles. Hank. Well [sic] open a checking acc't here. It's impossible to write everything so I'll have to just talk & talk when I come home Christmas.
Love to you and all
Your daughter Bean.
Tell Fred to write
Letters; College students; Education--Curricula
Behner, Mary, "Letter from Mary to Mother- September 18, 1924" (1924). Mary Behner Papers. 19.
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