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There is not much formality about the social life at Vassar, as all the students live in one building. There is always considerable fun and enjoyment in the senior class, as a certain corridor is their exclusive property. They have a class parlor, also sacred to seniors, which is used as a room for both business and social meetings and is finely furnished. Outside of the senior class, the pleasantest life is the parlor life of the students. A few girls room alone, but a great majority have parlors, - five girls constituting a "family," each with her own room, but all having the same study parlor. The nature of the girls determines whether or not the room is really for study. Perhaps this system is conducive to cliques, but it affords a good chance to learn human nature, and to adapt one's self to circumstances. Then there is the chapter life (neither very social nor very interesting), the spreads, much fun, but discouraged by the faculty and class and club life, whose interest varies with different classes.
Vassar is divided into many cliques. This is an implorable, but unavoidable fact. It is not possible, it seems to me, for any general sociability to exist, for "birds of a feather must flock together," and you cannot make them do otherwise.
POUGHKEEPSIE, April 28, 1883.
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