When choosing Mills college there were many factors to consider and the “all women’s school ” factor was one of them. It was very difficult at first to accept the idea of joining Mills because I was used to studying in co-ed environments; therefore studying in an all women’s college seemed unthinkable. My mentors were convinced that this school would be right for me. I personally loved Mills but this one factor seemed to keep me skeptical. I looked into the facts thoroughly and was able to find the perks and benefits of an all women’s college. Some of them were confirmed when being from within. One perk to joining an all-women’s college is that the absence of masculine presence is very much felt. The party scene is less prominent as well, but because Mills is so close to UC Berkeley this often isn’t always a problem. Additionally, all women’s colleges often are smaller schools meaning a smaller community, which can also be a factor to choosing your school. However these perks can be converted into benefits. For example the fact that all women’s colleges tend to be smaller and have a smaller community is beneficial as it creates a safe and encouraging environment where everyone knows each other and supports each other. As women we lift each other up and are working toward becoming successful and accomplished individuals in the outside world. I very much felt this tight connection which made me feel at home very fast and it really did give me the estime I needed to grow as a person and pre-med student.