Student Stories

“Part of learning maturely is coming up with your own ideas, stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging with people who are different from you.”
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“Berlin is perhaps the most international city in Europe, but I feel like I have had more interaction with more people from different cultures here.”
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Mount Holyoke students excelled at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University gathering, winning awards—and top honors in the coding competition.
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.
Miralva and Host
Miralva Gusmao was looking to hone her writing skills through an internship someplace altogether different from her Brazilian upbringing and her life here.
“As an international student from a small country, I am constantly learning so much more about different cultures through the people I interact with here.”
“I found myself at Mount Holyoke. I learned self-reliance in a foreign country. I realized I have control over my life. I need to be responsible for it.”
“As a senior, I’m confident enough to say I am a global citizen, and I owe it all to the education that was provided to me within a diverse setting.”
“Embrace the experience and be prepared to learn.”
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“What surprised me was the emphasis on well-being and taking time to learn about yourself and who you want to be — the true version of yourself.”
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I’ve never met so many cultures in one place before. I feel freer to share my own thoughts. Mount Holyoke has shown me that they matter.”
Upasana Sharma ’18 Mount Holyoke College
Upasana Sharma '18: the first MHC student to win a General Course scholarship from the London School of Economics, will study British colonialism.
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“My views, perceptions, and opinions about the world have been turned upside down and inside out since my first semester here.”
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For Olivia Lucas ’18, multilingualism was her gateway to a new culture and experience of identity.
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Cat Lamond ’18 spent six months of her junior year at the world renowned Monteverde Institute (MVI) in Costa Rica.
“I’ve become more cautious about viewing the experiences of others. I now prioritize, above everything, seeing the world through their perspective.”
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While studying abroad, Cassidy Anthony ’17 is soaking up the colors and stunning sights in Montpellier, France.
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“I wanted to take courses that would help me advance but were not available at my college. I’m excited to return to my work with new ideas and skills.”
In her pursuit of peace studies, Julia (Juli) Kellerbauer has thrown herself into nearly every global learning opportunity.
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“Interacting with international students gives me a broader perspective of the world outside Pakistan, the world that does not exist on news channels.”
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”Mount Holyoke is indeed the homiest home away from home.”
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Beyond the classroom: Javeria Kella ’19 discusses her internship with Gbowee Peace Foundation in Liberia.
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“My semester in Hong Kong challenged me to think about the U.S. in new and different ways. I began to see its the role within a global context.”