Priyanka Krishnamoorthy ’15

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Name: Priyanka Krishnamoorthy ’15

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Major: Economics

Minor: Mathematics

Campus involvement/activities: I work at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and have worked as a tutor for the economics department. I also have been active in Model United Nations, the South Asian Students Association, and the Economics Society.

What are you most proud of accomplishing at MHC? It's hard to choose one, so here are the two big things that I'm most proud of accomplishing: The first is my senior honors thesis. Doing independent research was challenging but incredibly worthwhile and fulfilling! I had the opportunity to study in depth a topic in political economy that I'm very passionate about, and that helped me realize my academic interests. The second is leading the Mount Holyoke College Model United Nations team, and pushing us into the top 25. When I joined Mount Holyoke as an international transfer student, we were in the top 75, meaning we were ranked somewhere in the 50–75 range. We are ranked 21 right now. This is our first time in the top 25, and I'm honored to have helped build and lead our team to our recent victories!

Favorite course that you thought you might not like: Introduction to the Francophone World with Professor Samba Gadjigo. I took this course my first semester at Mount Holyoke to fulfill the language requirement. In the class, we studied postcolonial African and Caribbean literature, and it changed the way I looked at the world and at my own country. There are many striking similarities in the colonial experiences of African countries and South Asian countries, and literature is one way of seeing those similarities. Moreover, Professor Gadjigo is incredibly intelligent and insightful. I used to leave classes with my mind buzzing. The class was also a great introduction to Mount Holyoke, and I'm now taking a 400-level course on the work of [filmmaker] Ousmane Sembène with Professor Gadjigo at Amherst College.

Best takeaway from internship or research experiences: My Mount Holyoke education helped me recognize and challenge sexism and gender discrimination, to work to change the culture in finance.

Postgraduation plans: I'll be travelling for a month and then moving to New York to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst in their healthcare group.

What you'd tell a prospective student about MHC: Three pieces of advice: 1. Don't discount the utility of an education at a single-sex institution. The education you get at Mount Holyoke is unique and unparalleled, and you will grow into a true leader. 2. Mount Holyoke is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the journey. 3. Don't take constructive criticism personally.