Miriam Cantor-Stone '12 majored in religion at Mount Holyoke with a minor in gender studies. Miriam knew from the start that she would have extraordinary opportunities at Mount Holyoke. As an alum, she remains connected with the College community and now, is paying it forward to current students:
What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? The greatest lesson I learned while at MHC is that while I can be—and thrive at being—independent, having a supportive, tight-knit community is even more worthwhile. The community I’ve created via Mount Holyoke is ever growing and always inspiring.
What's your favorite spot on campus? It’s a tie between Abbey Chapel and the greenhouse! Some of my favorite memories from my four years include singing in the chapel and going on warm, colorful walks in the greenhouse.
What inspires your giving to MHC? Mount Holyoke gave me so much—lifelong friends, brilliant mentors, endless knowledge and skills—and I can see how much it gives to current and future students. So, I give back! That’s all there is to it.
Was there a moment you knew your life was forever changed? I think it was back in my first semester in my first year, when I was doing some research in the Archives & Special Collections for my first year seminar, Gender & Power in the History of Mount Holyoke. First of all, the fact that this class was offered at all was incredible to me. And the fact that I was given the opportunity to dive into my college’s history as a mere firstie was extraordinarily special to me, and I was honored to explore the photos, journals, and much more that make up Mount Holyoke’s legacy. I give full credit to that class for making me fully obsessed with personal narratives and storytelling!
What are the 5 best things about MHC?
1. My fellow MoHos (both current students and graduates).
2. The traditions, particularly Mountain Day and M&Cs.
3. The professors and staff (several of whom I'm still in touch with).
4. The beautiful walks/strolls you can enjoy: Upper/Lower Lake, the Delles hill, Skinner Green, etc.
5. The choirs (I met some of my closest friends through Chorale & Vocal Jazz—shout-out to all my Choraliers, VJers, and conductors!).