Why Choose Student Life?

By MHC Advancement on April 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Because no two college journeys are alike and academic success hinges upon personal wellbeing, Mount Holyoke provides professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — who provide the resources, support and programs to help every student thrive on campus and beyond. This vibrant community of student scholars needs you.

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Student Life Stories: Aretha Nelson ’22

By Aretha Nelson ’22 on April 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM

In preparation for my first year at Mount Holyoke, I asked a lot of alums about their residential experience. Though many said that they had a mostly positive experience, some students mentioned that they wished their dorm halls felt like more of a community. I quickly realized that I would not enjoy living in a dorm where I felt as though I would not know my neighbors.

I was fortunate to arrive at Mount Holyoke just as the Shirley Chisholm Living-Learning Community (LLC) was beginning its second year on campus. The “Shirley” was created to provide a supportive space for students of African and Caribbean descent. As a black girl coming from Ghana, I was not sure I would be able to find a community well-suited for me. Even as I moved into the Shirley, I had my doubts about whether or not I would find my people.

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Student Life Stories: Emily Carle ’21

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 12, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Meet Emily Carle ’21, a religion major from Newington, Connecticut. Emily fell in love with Mount Holyoke’s academic offerings, vibrant spiritual life and endless opportunities for involvement within the campus community. In addition to the numerous clubs and organizations that she’s involved with on campus, Emily is also the youth director at Center Church in South Hadley and an intern for Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian community in downtown Northampton. She also manages an instagram account featuring photos of Mount Holyoke (@picturesofmhc) and enjoys skiing, eating, watching the Patriots and researching her family genealogy.

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Happy Birthday, Frances Perkins!

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 10, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Today, April 10, marks the 139th birthday anniversary of Frances Perkins, class of 1902. Long before women's liberation was a part of our vocabulary, Frances was a trailblazer for generations of women who would follow her. As the first female Cabinet member in the nation's history, this remarkable woman tussled with politicians, industrial management and labor leaders in her capacity as Secretary of Labor, fighting for the rights of working people everywhere.

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Student Life Stories: Rachel Nix ’20

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 4, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Before I transferred to Mount Holyoke at the beginning of my sophomore year, I remember browsing the Student Life section of the College’s website and learning about the many traditions that take place on campus each year. In particular, I recall watching a video of the 2016 Convocation, which featured a faculty flash mob dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. This moment, though seemingly inconsequential, cemented my decision to attend.

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Choose Student Life

By MHC Advancement on March 28, 2019 at 3:06 PM

The Division of Student Life complements and enhances every aspect of the Mount Holyoke College student experience. With professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — the team provides the resources and support that students need to craft a college journey rooted in wellness. And fun!

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2019 Class-Color Cup Results

By MHC Advancement on March 4, 2019 at 4:06 PM

What an incredible two days! Our second Class-Color Cup and Purple Phoenix Challenges were a huge success!

Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. In just over 48 hours, 2,954 alumnae gave $390,365 to The Mount Holyoke Fund.*

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Purple Phoenixes: a phenomenal force

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 5:54 PM

The Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins (FP) Program was founded in 1980, rooted in the belief that a college education should be accessible to everyone and that the quest for knowledge has no age limit. Following in the footsteps of colleges like Wellesley and Smith, MHC’s Frances Perkins program offers a pathway for education to students of non-traditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but have the desire to do so.

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Colors that spark new traditions

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Without thinking, Mount Holyoke students know which side of staircase to climb in the library atrium. This ritual, motivated by the superstition that you must take the stairs on the side of your class animal or risk graduating, is largely thanks to the majestic class flags that are suspended above both sets of stairs. Green Griffins and Blue Lions take the left staircases, while Red Pegasi and Yellow Sphinxes take the right.

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Colors in the Crafternoon

By Emily Isakson ’19 on February 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

During the academic year, the Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections (ASC) regularly hosts Crafternoons — events where members of the campus community can take a break from their daily work, make new friends, learn new skills and explore their creativity. At Crafternoon, students are able to make historically-inspired crafts like hand-bound books, silhouette necklaces and feminist finger puppets.

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