"I was a Co-ed": Student Practices and Cultures at Dickinson College

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In her memoir recounting her experiences as an early female student at Dickinson College, Low discusses the various intricacies involved with late nineteenth-century student cultures. Low explained that a fellow female student told her to "be very careful in making friends, as once in a set it was extremely difficult if not impossible to change, as both the college and town were made up of cliques." Moreover, Low recalls being told about the proper etiquette after one has been serenaded. Low was told that a woman must light a candle and place it in her window as a sign of "appreciation and thanks."