In a few days, I will walk across the stage of Gettell Amphitheater to receive my degree. Soon after, I will navigate life as a young alumna in Amman, Jordan. To think that for an unspecified amount of time I won’t be at Mount Holyoke, with its shimmering lakes and whispering trees and majestic buildings, is daunting.
In choosing to come to Mount Holyoke, I was expecting to encounter incredible experiences. I don’t think I ever anticipated such life-changing ones.
Why Mount Holyoke? For an exceptional experience. Here’s my story.
When I saw Mount Holyoke College for the first time, I felt slightly breathless. I had seen hundreds of images of the campus since I’d been admitted early decision. But I couldn’t help but stare. I was relieved to look around and see other students sporting the same awestruck expression.
Sometimes first impressions say it all.
“The first thing that struck me was the community. The people you meet here are going to be life-changing.”
“I came for accepted-students weekend. I was so excited to be in a place where finally it was fun to love school.”
Students come to Mount Holyoke for the inclusive global community. For the love of amazing classes, conversations, opportunities and empowerment. For the company of seriously surprising and inspiring peers who seek to redefine frontiers of every field imaginable.
See how current students, in this video produced for newly accepted applicants to the class of 2021, express why they came to Mount Holyoke — and what sets the MHC experience apart.
Watch the video.
You might know that Mount Holyoke has been home to pioneers since its founding in 1837. But did you know it’s also the first women’s college to host a hackathon?
“Have you built a restaurant for the school?” a teacher asked on his first visit to the Baale Parwaz Library. I laughed in response. The space—bare except for some newly set up furniture—did not yet give off much of a library feeling. The books had not even been delivered yet. But his question revealed something even greater: a cultural lack of familiarity with an open, peaceful space for studying and collaborating.