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Letter to her mother describing settling in for the semester, the other students she has met, and her new dorm room in Severance Hall.


‘34 [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release Sept. 20 Mother very dearest, To be sure it’s early in the morning, but then, it's a beautiful morning….the sun is at last shining!!! Woke up to a faint glimmer, and now it's drying everything off in full force. Wonderful world. Having had breakfast...and incidentally the Severance coffee is infinitely superior to Cazenove brand….I am now in Press Board office, and with another gal who is following my example before the rest of the crew arrive, am trespassing on borrowed time (heh heh) and ticking off the scrambled words to you. So! How are yu [mis-spelling: you]? Went up to the laundry yesterday to see about the agency, and was assured by the manager that if the girl who had charge of it here at school was willing, he would be very happy to have me continue as their representative, so I'm setting out by sending my things this morning….and seeing the girl very shortly. Also I looked up Moira’s last name, found out that it was Simboli, and called on her at Cazenove, found her very glad to see me, and anxious to come over and see me. She was in quite a mess of trunks unpacking, but most happy to be here, and enthusiastic about the year….also a bit awed by the fact that I am a prodigiusly [mis-spelling: prodigiously] high and mighty senior….but to tell the truth, so am I...the least bit! Haven't got my cap and gowny [mis-spelling: gown] yet, but that's another thing to see about today. You'd honestly be surprised at the number of affairs that have to be looked out for. I don't know what I would have done if I had come later, when classes were about to [Page 2] start and I had all of that to attend to. As it is, I'm pretty busy most of the time, but bed time is at 10 or very soon afterwards, and rising time just before 7:30, so I'm quite catching up on my sleep. After dinner last night, went down to our Chinese graduate student’s room, and admired what few things she had managed to unpack from her trunk, including two lovely pictures with carved wooden frames, some black and silver with a touch of red embroidered pillows, and an ezquisite [mis-spelling: exquisite] desk set of material that looked like jade...She wears Chinese costumes….long, ankle length silk dresses with high neck fastenings. .and she's most earnest and charming. Yes, I shall see more of her. Then there is a girl across the hall who was here as a Sophomore, but went to a different college both freshman and Junior years, who is most attractive. ….by name, Rebecca Walbron, and she lives in Pennsylvania. Is majoring in Zoology, and I like her. It may turn out to be a three-some when Lee gets back, but again it may not. Can't always tell by first appearances, but I think she's rather much of a peach. Helped get her curtains up etc. I don't think I'll need mine though, cause there are already yellow ones there which pull over the windows, or get pulled back to show the shape of the windows, which is different, if you remember, and which lets the sun in….from all sides, when the sun is out, cause it has a south exposure, and I can see the lake. Hurrah hurrah. Haven't been down to see Jess yet, but will probably go today if I get a chance. Oh, here comes the girls..we must get ideas for our will have to run along...more to follow in the and more of it…..always Ginny


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Buildings and Grounds; Personal Relationships; Student Life


Dormitories; Clothing and dress; College student newspapers and periodicals; Severance Hall

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1934 September 20