This April I had the opportunity to take an all-expense-paid trip to sunny Los Angeles, where I represented Mount Holyoke at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC). To think an international relations major would become so involved with business and entrepreneurship is probably surprising, but that is exactly what Mount Holyoke allowed me to do — reach and stretch outside of my comfort zone in order to expand my horizons.
Before coming to Mount Holyoke, I was pretty sure I wanted to do something resembling environmental studies and public policy. I’m still not completely sure, but after two semesters I’ve discovered a real interest in politics, particularly the intersection of politics and environmental issues. With this career path in mind, I’ve become intrigued by the possibility of law school — something I never would have contemplated before attending Mount Holyoke.
“Mount Holyoke College has afforded me some of the best years of my adult life; taught me to embrace diversity; promoted the success of dynamic women; enabled me to be a leader in my professional and personal lives; and empowered me to stand against oppression of any kind. I am also quite fortunate to have life-long friends from MHC that have become like family!”
– Irena Islam ’08 (pictured, center with fellow MHC '08 alums Lauren Serio, left, and Preya Nixon, right)
A recent Fast Company article discusses how women's colleges provide a leading edge in preparing women for leadership and success. Kristen Renn, PhD '86 focuses on diversity in higher education and believes they fulfill an important role: