“A Bryn Mawr education encourages us to think critically about ourselves and our own cultures in relationship to the world. That prepares us to view people from different cultures not as ‘the other,’ but rather as peers in every way, and I have found this immensely valuable when living and working in Indonesia and as an international student at Bryn Mawr. This preparation gave me a deeper understanding of my experiences abroad and of the relationships I have developed with people who are different from me.
“Bryn Mawr provided me with the space to develop my sense of leadership by first developing a strong sense of self. At Bryn Mawr, I am surrounded by inspiring women who encourage me to take risks, while my professors and deans support me every step of the way in achieving my goals. I have come to understand that you cannot be expected to lead others if you do not trust yourself. For me, Bryn Mawr has redefined leadership as a process in which we make mistakes, learn and move forward as braver and more self-aware young women. Bryn Mawr women lead by example, following their own dreams and supporting others as they do the same.”
Antonia Kerle ’11
Note: Antonia Kerle spent the summer of 2009 in Bali, Indonesia, where she and six other Bryn Mawr and Haverford students, sponsored by the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, researched available HIV/AIDS services. She later spent a semester on her own in Indonesia, serving as an intern in an NGO focusing on women’s empowerment through political participation in local government; during that time she conducted ethnographic research for her senior thesis on the Balinese women's movement. In the States, she has volunteered as a medical translator for Indonesians living in Philadelphia; served as a Southeast Asia intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center, an independent public policy think tank with a focus on global peace and security; and volunteered in a local political campaign.