In Part 1 of this interview, Elissa L. Beron describes her enthusiasm for college life, having entered Pembroke College after her junior year of high school. She describes the social expectations of the time and how they began to change, her experience applying to medical schools as one of few female pre-med students, her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement, the creation of the Pembroke Pandas – the first college women's ice hockey team, and posture pictures – a eugenics practice that included taking photos of nude students under the guise of checking for scoliosis
In Part 2, Beron discusses attitudes of Pembrokers concerning sex, birth control, and abortion, the positive aspects of dorm life, Brown men's perceptions of Pembrokers, and how Pembroke prepared her for later academic challenges. She concludes by explaining her experiences at Yale and Harvard medical schools, her family life, and career as a psychologist.
West Newton, Massachusetts