Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17

Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17 was born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria. She graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke with high honors in English and a degree in international relations. On campus, she worked for three years as a media relations intern at the Office of Communications and Marketing and served as the chair of Daughters of Zion, a Christian fellowship group. For her undergraduate thesis, Egor-Egbe completed a collection of short stories. In late summer 2017, she is off to Dublin, Ireland, to join Google’s international headquarters.

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June 7, 2017

It took a village

My Mount Holyoke journey began with a jolt: culture shock. Followed by waves and pangs: homesickness.

I endured a 22-hour flight — my first solo intercontinental journey — and arrived in a country that my Nigerian parents and I knew mainly from maps and news stories. Where I had no parents to move me into my first residence hall room or help me adjust to foods so radically different from what I’d eaten all my life. Where I soon met 2,200 strangers who would become the closest thing I had to family in this new land.

My journey wrapped up with emotions cut from a much different cloth — pride, appreciation, awe, excitement, connections — as fittingly symbolized by the College’s Stoling ceremony.

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