MHC Seniors: leaving a legacy since the 1970s

By Rachel Nix ’20 on January 27, 2020 at 2:47 PM

As the spring semester begins, Mount Holyoke’s Senior Campaign kicks into high gear. This tradition, which has been ongoing since the 1970s, is an essential part of Mount Holyoke’s legacy of giving back. Each year, members of the graduating class come together to make gifts of thanks in support of the mission and future of the College.

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Choose your destination. Choose Madeline ’21.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 26, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Madeline Fitzgerald’s interest in Mount Holyoke was somewhat of a family affair. Her older sister graduated with the class of 2012, and Madeline remembers visiting her sister on campus as a small child. “At the time, Mount Holyoke seemed like the most magical place in the world,” she recalls. As she grew older and began to consider colleges for herself, she realized that she compared all other schools to Mount Holyoke — and that they would never measure up.

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Choose your destination. Choose Katerina ’20.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 19, 2019 at 3:27 PM

Katerina Alvarez ’20 came to Mount Holyoke determined to accomplish big things. A Posse scholar from Miami, Katerina demonstrated extraordinary leadership qualities even in high school. But it wasn't until she came to Mount Holyoke that she discovered exactly where to focus her interests. Now, as she prepares to graduate this December with a degree in statistics and sociology, Katerina is ready to make a difference. Armed with a wide array of accomplishments under her belt, along with the knowledge and expertise that she’s gained from her time at Mount Holyoke, she’s poised to achieve even bigger things beyond the gates.

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Choose your destination. Choose Eloise ’20.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 12, 2019 at 6:45 AM

Hailing from Lake Oswego, Oregon, Eloise Arnot ’20 was first drawn to Mount Holyoke’s welcoming student body when she visited as a prospective student. “I could feel the strong MoHo community and wanted to be part of it,” she remembers. “The students were so friendly and willing to help, and the absolutely beautiful campus made me feel like I never wanted to leave.” Mount Holyoke’s legacy of trailblazing women also convinced Eloise. “I wanted to be surrounded by empowered women!”

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Choose your destination. Choose Caitlyn ’21.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on 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.

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Choose your destination. Choose Verity ’20.

By Rachel Nix ’20 on November 28, 2019 at 6:15 AM

The moment she stepped foot on campus, Verity O’Connell ’20, knew Mount Holyoke was the school for her. Surrounded by the majestic brownstone buildings and lush greenery, the College felt like a place she could grow into and make her home. Four years later, she’s found her place and still revels in the community and tradition that have so profoundly shaped her time here.

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The CDC: an insider's guide

By Rachel Nix ’20 on October 8, 2019 at 11:36 AM

Mount Holyoke works diligently to prepare students for lifelong success. By connecting their classroom experience with practical applications both on and off campus, they are ready for the world once they graduate. Pivotal in this transition is the Career Development Center (CDC), which provides career support to both students and alumnae.

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My favorite place on campus: the specialty gardens

By Inayat Gill ’19 on June 25, 2019 at 11:40 AM

I first visited the Mount Holyoke campus on Admitted Student Day and, as I got out of the car to pick up my welcome packet at Blanchard Hall, I was taken aback by how unlike a college campus my surroundings were. The colleges that I had toured throughout high school looked very similar — tall, drab cement or grey, gothic-style buildings. Mount Holyoke’s campus was open with bright red brick buildings and arched doorways. My first thought, which has since been echoed by many friends who have visited me on campus, was that this place looked like it was straight out of Hogwarts. It was April, a time when spring was in full bloom, and the magnolia trees were swaying in the wind, showering the ground with their flowers and filling the breeze with their sweet scent. Everywhere I turned, I was astounded by the sheer number of flowers I saw. That was my first impression of campus.

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My favorite place on campus: Blanchard Hall

By Aretha Nelson ’22 on June 20, 2019 at 7:08 AM

One of my favorite things about being a first-year student at Mount Holyoke is that there are places for everyone to complete their work. In high school, when I wanted to study or take some time to write or read, my only option was the library unless I waited until I got home. This is not at all the case at Mount Holyoke. There is a space for every kind of learner to feel comfortable studying. I am particularly fond of the third floor of Blanchard Hall as a study space. There are small rooms for people who want to study alone, larger rooms with whiteboards and conference table for people who want to study in groups, and couches for those who like to study in a neutral area between the two. I have used this floor for all of these opportunities.

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My favorite place on campus: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

By Rachel Kim ’21 on June 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM

In response to the question, “What is your favorite spot on campus?” I always answer with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, or MHCAM. With its trailblazing exhibitions and dedicated staff, MHCAM is truly one of the greatest college museums. Among the nation’s oldest academic art museums, MHCAM was founded in 1876 and ranks 11th on a national list of top college art museums — ahead of Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.

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