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I applied to Mount Holyoke Early Decision because I made my decision early. Six years early.
My mom started working at Mount Holyoke when I was in seventh grade, and upon my first visit in May 2010 it was love at first sight. The key word here is sight. There’s no denying the campus is drop-dead gorgeous — in any season, in any weather, at any time of day — and that was the basis of my initial infatuation.
But there was more. As a 13-year-old experiencing the horrors of middle school, the campus seemed like a world apart. I was also more than a little obsessed with Harry Potter. Mount Holyoke looks like Hogwarts. What else did I need?
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 express why they came to Mount Holyoke — and what sets the MHC experience apart.
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