Hilary Robertson Collado '07 credits her father's example with instilling the value of annual giving. "He always made a donation to his alma mater. I learned that it's not about the amount or the grandness of the gesture, it's about the act of giving."
Roberston Collado, who grew up in Pennsylvania, arrived at MHC planning to continue her Spanish studies. Instead, she couldn't resist the opportunity to study Arabic. "I never dreamed where it would lead me."
One place was Beirut, where she spent the summer of 2005 at the Daily Star. This internship, sponsored by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, came about when Rami Khouri, the newspaper's executive editor, spent a week at Mount Holyoke as the first Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence.
"I'd never been out of the United States before and there I was writing articles for a newspaper in Beirut," Robertson Collado says. She then spent the fall studying in Damascus.
Robertson Collado is consistent in giving back to Mount Holyoke. "I make an annual gift. Once you begin, it becomes a lifestyle."
The Laurel Chain Society recognizes all alumnae who consistently make a gift—in any amount to any fund—to support Mount Holyoke. For more information on how you can become a member of the Laurel Chain Society, please contact Olivia Murphy-Boyle, Mount Holyoke Fund officer for post-50th reunion program and giving societies, at 413-538-2766.