Recent graduate Marisol Fernandez ’20 credits Mount Holyoke with the “compassion, relationships, critical thinking skills, and overall growth” that helped her succeed at Mount Holyoke and beyond. As a student, Marisol learned about the effectiveness and power of representation, thanks to her connections with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Involvement. She hopes to eventually serve in a professional role that enables her to provide hands-on support to students who face similar challenges — to Posse scholars, first-generation and low-income students, Latinx students, and “any other student who is just trying to find themselves in a big, scary world.”
At Mount Holyoke, we see the transformative power of investing in women on a daily basis. For generations, women from all around the globe have found their voices, discovered their passions, realized their dreams, and stretched their perceptions of what is possible at Mount Holyoke.
Arielle Derival '17, a Miami, FL native and Posse Scholar, is the student-dining manager for the Rockefeller and Torrey dining halls. An Africana and Spanish double major with a Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights nexus minor, Derival seeks to incorporate her passion for service in every aspect of her undergraduate experience. As a manager, she is developing key leadership skills, mastering how to take initiative, improving her communication skills, and working alongside others to accomplish goals. Rebecca San Juan '17, the Career Development Center's Experiential Learning Journalist, writes more about Arielle's leadership experience:
Posse scholar Arielle Derival ’17 points the swivel spout to the dirty dish in her hand... Student workers filed in and out of the damp room, past the shelves of Honeycrisp apples, Sunkist oranges, and ripening pineapples, and received their orders from Derival. They worked in union to be out by 8 p.m.
Work in dining services is required of all first-year students on work-study. Derival spent her first year at Mount Holyoke College working in the Abbey-Buckland dining hall. She juggled the typical responsibilities: swiping OneCard I.D.s, scrubbing dishes, and clearing dirty silverware. She was prompt and worked efficiently. She secured additional shifts at Prospect in order to earn more money.