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.
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.
One of the central places on Mount Holyoke’s campus is Skinner Green; it’s integral to student life here at MHC. At any given time when the weather is nice, one can find students relaxing on the grass, doing homework or eating lunch in the shade, playing a game of Frisbee and more. It’s also frequently used as an impromptu throughway between buildings on campus.
Mount Holyoke’s campus is consistently recognized as one of the most beautiful in the country. The iconic Gothic brick buildings, soothing waterfalls, pristine athletic fields and robust Botanic Garden provide the perfect setting for rigorous academic study, artistic inspiration and personal growth. We need your support to keep Mount Holyoke picture perfect.
Mount Holyoke’s spectacular campus is the perfect setting for our students’ rigorous academic study and personal growth. The defining characteristics of our campus — the Gothic brick buildings, stately trees, serene lakes, iconic waterfalls — are rooted in the design legacy of landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons.
Do you love nature? Are you interested in helping maintain Mount Holyoke’s stunning campus? Or are you passionate about supporting the academic growth of students? By choosing a destination — such as Academic Enrichment or Campus Preservation — for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you empower students, open doors and help Mount Holyoke continue its legacy of delivering a cutting-edge education on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. You support incredible students like Lynn Shen ’19.