MHC runs in the family. From left to right: Emily Thompson ’87, Isabel Thompson-Pomeroy ’19, Eleanor Ernst Thompson ’51, Holly Thompson ’81, Pamela Thompson ’84.
When Holly Thompson ’81 first came to Mount Holyoke, she, like many other Mount Holyoke students took advantage of the broad range of liberal arts courses, intending to double major in biology and music. Her Mount Holyoke journey would lead her on a different path to find "her heart's home"—her true passion of creative writing.
What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? There are so many! Here are a few: To have the courage to try things far outside my comfort zone. To be present, active, caring and positively engaged in this complicated world. To learn from others yet trust my own uncertain voice.
What's your favorite spot on campus? The copper beech tree by Dwight Hall. Every time I visit campus, I stop for some moments with this tree.
You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? MHC has played such an important role in my family—my mother, my two sisters and I all graduated from MHC, and my daughter is currently attending. MHC has shaped, inspired and empowered us all, and by extension has impacted our families, our colleagues, and our communities.