Choose your destination. Choose Caitlyn ’21.

December 5, 2019 at 9:50 AM


Caitlyn Richmond ’21 credits Mount Holyoke with helping her find her voice. The Northampton native was originally attracted to MHC after seeing current students and alumnae land opportunities that she thought could suit her well, too. Once on campus, Caitlyn started to blossom — gaining self-confidence and developing her leadership abilities.

“This community has helped me grow so much,” she reflects. “I have found a voice in and outside of the classroom and have been able to build my confidence. It has led me to take advantage of some pretty incredible opportunities that have allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. It’s also helped me develop close-knit friendships.” Since enrolling, Caityn has immersed herself in the campus network. In her first year, she joined the swimming and diving team, where she found the first close community that would remain throughout her time at Mount Holyoke.

To this day, Caitlyn views her experience on the swimming and diving team as the most impactful part of her Mount Holyoke experience. There, she’s learned exactly what community means and how to be both a good learner and a good leader. Because the team is made up of individuals with varying experiences and temperaments, Caitlyn has discovered how to bring people together, regardless of background or differences. She’s learned the importance of sportsmanship and has cultivated valuable skills that are transferable to the workforce. Being a part of the team has also helped her excel in her classwork, requiring her to master exceptional time management skills as she juggles athletics and a rigorous class schedule.

After graduation, Caitlyn plans to pursue a master’s degree in architecture and hopes to blend her interest in architecture with her major in environmental studies by designing and building eco-friendly and sustainable homes.

Thanks to her time at Mount Holyoke, Caitlyn feels confident in her ability to succeed beyond the gates.

Caitlyn is grateful to those who made her Mount Holyoke experience possible. “Thank you for your continued support of Mount Holyoke,” she asserts. “Your donations mean so much to all of the students, faculty and departments across the College. It goes a long way and gives many students opportunities of a lifetime that they can cherish for years to come.”

Thanks to her time at Mount Holyoke, which has provided her with valuable lessons — both in the classroom and in preparation for the future — Caitlyn feels confident in her ability to succeed beyond the gates. When you choose a destination, such as academic enrichment or athletics, for your gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund, you can empower students like Caitlyn to thrive on campus and in the world beyond.

What matters most to you? Your gift. Your choice. Choose your destination.

Rachel Nix ’20

Written by Rachel Nix ’20

Rachel, a politics major and sociology minor, is a marketing assistant in the Office of Advancement and a contributor to the MHC Forever blog. Hailing from West Virginia, she serves on MHC’s Admissions and Financial Aid Advisory Committee, is deeply involved with social justice initiatives and loves spending her free time with friends, reading on the green or trying to pet Jorge, the goose.