“You can’t write six essays, have several free dinners and trek through New York City’s Chinatown in a monsoon without becoming good friends.”
– Haili Giglietti ’21
The transition to college can be hard for any first-year student: adjusting to a new home, new friends and a new level of school work. Mount Holyoke tries to alleviate some of this stress through the First-Year Seminars Program, where students participate in small, writing-intensive, discussion-based courses. Seminar subjects range from Jack the Ripper to Latin American social movements.
The gap in pay between men and women has barely budged in the past two decades. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), “in 2016, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent.” The pay gap for women of color is even wider. For every dollar a white man makes, African American women earn 63 cents and Latinas earn 54 cents, per the AAUW.
A lot of things went wrong during my semester abroad in Shanghai, China. Specifically with the living abroad part of studying abroad (the academic part is another blog altogether). Some of these mishaps didn’t really have an upside. When I couldn’t find my brand of dry shampoo, for example, there was no miraculous Chinese alternative ... I just used baby powder. But most disasters shook out OK, like when my favorite Korean fried rice place closed earlier than expected and I bought dinner from a nearby food stand I’d have never tried otherwise. It was about 8 kuai cheaper and the best fried rice I’ve ever had, bar none.
All told, these situations led me to try, taste, explore and experience things that I may not have otherwise — and to grow in ways that were never on my agenda.
There’s accepted (“I’m in!”) — and then there’s accepted (“I belong!”).
So why do you belong at Mount Holyoke?
Because our community is built for you — and your success and empowerment. Our community is lit by students who share your passion and curiosity. Our alumnae network is enviably remarkable. And our diverse student body contains some of the most fascinating people you’ll ever meet in your life.
At Mount Holyoke, you’ll blur lines between learning and doing, living and being. You’ll chart a global course at each turn. You’ll be unstoppable: filled with the verve to do it all.
Watch the video for a message from current students — with one, two and three years of experience under their belts — to the class of 2022.
January 12, 2018, was a day of surreal delight that will be ingrained in my soul forever. Here’s why.
On this day, I served as a translator to seven members of the Massachusetts delegation, including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, during their visit to the Hospital del Niño in Puerto Rico to assess the inadequate federal disaster response to Hurricane Maria. I also had the opportunity to tell this group about Mount Holyoke College, and how it has changed my life and my trajectory in more ways than I ever expected. My voice was shaking, my cheeks were numb from smiling and my tongue felt heavy with feelings. (That’s me in the white shirt, in the photos above.)