The answer to this weeks trivia questions: Mount Holyoke opened on November 8, 1837 with 80 students.
But did you know that by the time it opened, Mary Lyon had received close to 200 requests for admission (Green, 1979, p. 170).
As we mentioned yesterday, Mary faced some enormous hurdles in completing the seminary in time. She said “with great effort we expect to commence Nov. 8, but it will require the greatest possible effort. Some parts of the paint will be so fresh that we must use it with the greatest care, & some of the fixtures will not be done. If we can get the carpenters, masons & painters all out of the building into the woodhouse I shall be glad” (Green, 1979, p.169).
While it seemed like a near impossible task, Mary kept positive. “When I look through to Nov. 8, it seems like looking down a precipice of many hundred feet, which I must descend. I can only avoid looking to the bottom, and fix my eye on the nearest stone till I have safely reached it” (Green, 1979, p.169).
This is good advice for our current students, or anyone facing an impending deadline. Focus on small wins and you will succeed!
FebruMary facts come from the book Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke, Opening the Gates, by Elizabeth Alden Green.
Green, E. A. (1979). Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the gates. Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England.