Crafting the Educational Environment: Rooms and Teas
The student rooms in Bryn Mawr dormitories, particulary those of Rockefeller, were crafted by Hutton, Cope and Stewardson with a variety of configurations. Some were single-room spaces while others were multi-room suites, yet many incorporated nooks and niches that imparted personality upon the individual chamber. Lodging was priced to reflect the desirability of a specific space; Thomas believed this policy accurately mirrored the socioeconomic conditions of the world outside of Bryn Mawr without negatively influencing scholars' opinions of each other.  Notwithstanding, every Bryn Mawr student was guaranteed her own space, another precept strongly endorsed by Cary Thomas. 
For decades, Bryn Mawr scholars have practiced the simple but cherished ritual of holding teas. These small gatherings appear in a variety of manifestions: the residents of an entire hall conversing in the common room, several classmates taking a break from their studies, or a few friends merely chatting about their day. The combination of a soothing brew, delectable treats, and a cozy college dorm room is inimitable. Those new to the custom easily understand why teas have flourished for many years after attending just one. 
 Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience of Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. 1st ed. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1984, page 126-27.
 For further reading about M. Carey Thomas' designs for students spaces and other suggestions for an ideal women's college, refer to "The Economy of Space" in the exhibit Residing in the Past: Space, Identity, and Dorm Culture at Bryn Mawr College, by Jen Rajchel.
 Additional information regarding teas can be found in Offerings to Athena: 125 Years at Bryn Mawr College (Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library, 2010), pages 25 and 171.