Firstie Focus: Virginia Butt ’21

Photo of Virginia Butt ’21

High School: Merrimack Valley High School

Hometown: Boscawen, New Hampshire

Possible major: Biological sciences and pre-health

Noteworthy interest: I have been a beekeeper since I was in the sixth grade. This hobby started with a club at my middle school and grew to where I had an apiary of eight hives at one point. I love learning about the role honeybees play in the environment, how they work together to get things done and how we can help protect them.

Proudest moment: During my sophomore year, I received recognition for my excellence in mathematics. This was especially important to me because I was taking two math classes in order to take calculus my senior year.

Why MHC: Mount Holyoke was the first campus that truly felt diverse and supportive to me. The dedication the school has to empowering women deeply spoke to me. As a woman planning to pursue a career in science, this is especially important to me. Not to mention that the campus, socially and physically, feels like Hogwarts to me.

Favorite places on campus: I'm a little biased here, but I absolutely love the boathouse for the crew team! My other top two are the library and the greenhouse.

How I'm spending the summer: I'm going to be working as much as I can, hanging out with my friends before we all go our separate ways and spending time with my family.

Where I want to be in 10 years: I'm not exactly sure yet, but wherever I end up I want to be happy with how my life has gone up to that point.

Career aspirations: I want to go into the medical field either as a researcher or practicing medicine.

The most important thing in my residence hall will be: my essential oil diffuser. It smells really nice, and I firmly believe that some combinations of the oils help me feel better in one way or another.

Patronus: a tortoiseshell cat

Quirkiest thing about me: I love watching the Dr. Pimple Popper videos. I know it’s super-gross but I find it weirdly fascinating.

Favorite TV show: at the moment, it’s “Dexter.” Movie is “The Princess Bride.” I like music of all types except for death metal.

Favorite social media: Twitter and Snapchat, mostly because they both offer a way to interact with friends and also see the news.