I’m a 2007 graduate of Chatham College for Women. I am 100 percent against the decision to go co-education as a “last resort.”
My mother and her mother before her went to Wilson College, which recently went co-ed. I and another maternal relative attended Chatham College. My brother and all of my paternal uncles attended Georgetown Preparatory School for boys. My education at Chatham gave me more in four years than in any of my K-12 public school experience, despite gifted classes. In fact, I was often told to be quiet in class by male peers, or simply asked to do group projects because then everybody would get an A.
Young women need to understand that attending a women’s college will not make you a lesbian or a man-hater, and if you are these things, that’s OK, too! Attending a women’s college will ensure that you get the best out of your education.
Chatham College for Women saved my life: I was allowed to be smart and driven and challenged; my peers and teachers cared about my opinions and my personal and academic growth. Personally, I would like to see an audit of Chatham’s financial records because I don’t believe that it is spending money to save the women’s college, nor was that its intent. I ask for transparency.
This is my challenge to the Chatham College board of trustees. Do not sit idly by while the Chatham Cougars are forced into extinction!
ALEXA DICKINSON PONTZER