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Letter to her mother about the arrival times of various letters, the improving weather, and her classes. She discusses the flunk notes from the Dean, being on edge about her marks and her upcoming English paper.
11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 16 February, 1911. Dear Mamma,- It is so nice to have good mail connection with you once more. Your letter postmarked at Washington Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m., reached here at 3 p.m. the next day and was delivered in the afternoon mail. I think that it is doing very well for Washington. Papa's letter of Sunday came yesterday morning. It seems rather unusual, but very nice, to be getting so many letters in postals from him. [Page 2] The weather (prosaic topic!) It's so delightful today that it is a pity we are not in the state of mind to enjoy it properly. This morning it was rather cold,- ten below zero in fact, but the sun has warmed things up wonderfully and now the air is like summer and the snow is melting fast. I have both windows wide open in a vain attempt to get some fresh air into the room. We both have been gone since 8:15 this morning and the heat has been on all the while. The reason for the state of mind I mentioned is the little flunk notes which arrived from the Dean yesterday morning. The entire Freshman class (so far as I know) are cast down and dejected. We realize what a serious thing life is after all. Of course we didn't all get flunk notes, but we who didn't, have [Page 3] had sympathetic attacks. The principal causes of trouble are English Comp and Hygiene. The former was hard and we all expected to flunk, but it's such a hard subject to get credit in that the outlook is rather hopeless. As to Hygiene, we are all simply boiling over with rage. The exam was a cinch as I said, and we all ought to have and deserve credit, but Miss Homan's doesn't think so, so she up and flunks about seventy-five of us. And the one hour wouldn't matter so much, but you see eight of those girls are Freshmen officers and now they will all have to resign because of that one hour condition. Oh, we are so mad that we don't know what else to do. Someone said that Marjorie Kendall (our president) was going to see Miss Homans about it, but I doubt if she can do any good. [Page 4] I didn't flunk anything you know, but several in the house aren't so fortunate. Helen Stearns and Elsie Pray flunked in four subjects, and a few others in the house in one or two. The great question is now to see what we all got credit in, and then I suppose there will be some more wailing and gnashing of teeth. Oh, Wellesley is no joke! Its a great come-down from the gaiety of last week. But I suppose the upperclassmen have been through similar experiences or they wouldn't be here, so we must stick it out too. Miss Hooker antagonized our English comp class by assigning us a lesson on the old exam paper. As if we hadn't had enough humiliation from the old thing already! I guess our vacation comes Wednesday after all. Well, let's be thankful that we get it! Must stop now and study. With lots of love, Mary.
Academics;Faculty, Staff, Administrators;Student Life
Examinations; Grading and marking (Students); Crofton House
Rosa, Mary and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 February 16" (1911). Mary Rosa letters (6C1914). 269.