Harriet Newhall Fellow
Mackenzie Libbey, class of 2015, is a Spanish major and Anthropology minor. She volunteers with CONNECTIONs at the Peck School in Holyoke, MA though CAUSE, our volunteer organization, and recently was a part of Doing it Live!, an organization that brings live music to MHC. Mackenzie spends her free time with her siblings (one of whom is a first-year at MHC this year) and friends, reading fiction, and going for runs around upper lake. She also really loves TV; her final paper for Brian McKernan’s Sociology of Pop Culture class was a functional analysis of Parks and Recreation and it was so much fun. It helped her synthesize why she thinks TV is important and how it can be a positive medium for defining social and cultural values. She spent last summer in New York City, interning at Covenant House International headquarters in their Latin America department. She worked on a team of five that manages logistics and fundraising for Covenant House’s four shelters for homeless youth in Mexico and Central America. Mackenzie also studied abroad in Valencia, Spain during her junior year. Mackenzie mentioned, “I think there’s a dedication to a kind of unrelenting critical thinking at MHC which not only makes the classroom an exciting place to be, but also ultimately makes MHC students the kind of people who will be able to make real change and help people. We just don’t stop until we feel like we’ve gotten to the bottom of an issue or critiqued and fiddled with a solution to make it as strong as possible.” After graduating, Mackenzie plans to spend one or two years working at a non-profit that serves children before heading to law school, where she will pursue public interest law.