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A Girl's Student Days and After   By: (1875-1964)

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A Girl's Student Days and After

By

JEANNETTE MARKS, M. A.

( Wellesley )

With an Introduction by MARY EMMA WOOLLEY, LL. D. President of Mt. Holyoke College

New York Chicago Toronto Fleming H. Revell Company London and Edinburgh

Copyright, 1911, by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY

New York: 158 Fifth Avenue Chicago: 125 North Wabash Ave. Toronto: 25 Richmond Street, W. London: 21 Paternoster Square Edinburgh: 100 Princes Street

Inscribed to MARY EMMA WOOLLEY, LL. D.

Introduction

The school and college girl is an important factor in our life to day. Around her revolve all manner of educational schemes, to her are open all kinds of educational opportunities. There was never an age in which so much thought was expended upon her, or so much interest felt in her development.

There are many articles written and many speeches delivered on the responsibility of parents and teachers it may not be amiss occasionally to turn the shield and show that some of the responsibility rests upon the girl herself. After all, she is the determining factor, for buildings and equipment, courses and teachers accomplish little without her coöperation.

It is difficult for the "new girl," whether in school or college, to realize the extent to which the success of her school life depends upon herself. In a new environment, surrounded by what seem to her "multitudes" of new faces, obliged to meet larger demands under strange and untried conditions, she is quite likely to go to the other extreme and exaggerate her own insignificance. Sometimes she is fortunate enough to have an older sister or friend to help her steer her bark through these untried waters, but generally she must find her own bearings.

To such a girl, the wise hints in the chapters which follow this introduction are invaluable, giving an insight into the meaning of fair play in the classroom as well as on the athletic field; the relation between physical well being and academic success; the difference between the social life that is re creative and that which is " nerves creative"; the significance of loyalty to the school and to the home; the way in which school days determine to a large degree the days that come after. These, and many other suggestions, wise and forceful, I commend not only to the new girl, but also to the "old girl" who would make her school and college days count for more both while they last and as preparation for the work that is to follow.

MARY E. WOOLLEY.

Mt. Holyoke College , South Hadley, Massachusetts.

CONTENTS

A WORD TO THE WISE 13

I. THE IDEAL FRESHMAN 17

II. THE GIRL AND THE SCHOOL 25

III. FRIENDSHIPS 33

IV. THE STUDENT'S ROOM 41

V. THE TOOLS OF STUDY AND THEIR USE 54

VI. THE JOY OF WORK 61

VII. FAIR PLAY 70

VIII. THE RIGHT SORT OF LEISURE 78

IX. THE OUTDOOR RUNWAY 88

X. A GIRL'S SUMMER 99

XI. FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE GIRL 107

XII. THE WORK TO BE 115

A Word to the Wise

We train for basket ball, golf, tennis or for whatever sport we have the most liking. Is there any reason why we should not use the same intelligence in the approach to our general school life? Is there any reason why we should make an obstacle race, however good and amusing exercise that may be, out of all our school life? We don't expect to win a game with a sprained wrist or ankle, and there really is no reason why we should plan to sprain the back of school or college life by avoidable mistakes.

The writer believes in the girl who has the capacity for making mistakes, that headlong, energetic spirit which blunders all too easily. But the writer knows how much those mistakes hurt and how much energy might be saved for a life that, with just a pinch less of blunder, might be none the less savoury... Continue reading book >>




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