My name is Lauren Parda Kusek and I am a double major in Sociology and Art History, Class of 2014. I have been a resident of Franklin County, in Northwestern Massachusetts all of my life. I have three adult children, and have been a mother for the better part of thirty years. Before attending Mount Holyoke, I was the Family Liaison in a busy secondary boarding school admission office for fifteen years. I loved my job and the contact that I had in assisting applicants and their families; but after my children were grown and had finished their own educations, I decided it was time to finally pursue my personal dreams. I started attending Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA and found that I had a thirst for knowledge that I had never fully acknowledged or understood, and my success there led me to consider progressing onward toward a bachelor's degree. I chose Mount Holyoke because as a member of the local community, and as someone working in a school environment myself, I was well aware of the outstanding level of academics offered at the college; but more than that, I chose Mount Holyoke because of the incredible sense of belonging I felt the moment I walked on campus, and I certainly have not been disappointed since.