Study Abroad Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Arielle Derival ’17 in Lima, Peru, working to promote and defend the rights of women domestic workers.
Arielle Derival ’17: working to promote and defend the rights of women domestic workers in Lima Peru
Kiana Lussier Holding a firefly in Costa Rica
Kiana Lussier '13: I wondered how many luciérnagas, fireflies, I could spot in the forest in one minute.
Rita C. Economos ’01 chiseling rock in the field.
Rita C. Economos ’01: At Mount Holyoke I learned grit and courage — I don’t think I could have learned them so well, and with such joy, anywhere else.
Deana Jaber ’05: my teaching positions at MHC helped me discover my passion for teaching and got me thinking about how to become an effective educator.
Rachel Krueger ’13: as a visiting DAAD fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, I had the opportunity to investigate proton conduction.
Michelle Bernardino '15
Michelle Bernardino '15: my study-abroad experience encouraged me to do more sexual and reproductive work within and for the Latina/o community.
Photo of Olivia Lucas ’18 and her host famliy in Cameroon
For Olivia Lucas ’18, multilingualism was her gateway to a new culture and experience of identity.
Alexandra Horne ’12
Alexandra Horne ’12: My experiences at Mount Holyoke helped me grow into the sort of woman confident in her ability to do whatever she wants.
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Osato Iyore Ayanru ’05: on my Fulbright in Ghana, I studied medicinal plants that traditional healers prescribed to to HIV + patients.
Photo of Javeria Kella ’19 in Liberia
Beyond the classroom: Javeria Kella ’19 discusses her internship with Gbowee Peace Foundation in Liberia.
Jessie Babcock '03 with Secretary of Defense
Jessie Babcock ’03: When I decided to double-major in English & Spanish literature, I never could have guessed where my studies would lead.
Katharyn Fletcher ’09: my double major in chemistry and german studies inspired me to pursue post-graduate research fellowships in Hamberg.
Christina Elder, Neuroscience Major
Christina Elder ’18 began with a study abroad experience in New Zealand and then returned to that country for an internship studying addiction science.