Ragini Ghose ’19

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Name: Ragini Ghose ’19

Hometown: Calcutta, India

Academics: psychology major, Nexus concentration in education policy and practice

Campus involvement: I have been on the squash team all four years at Mount Holyoke and served as a cocaptain in my senior year. I was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee in my sophomore year and a community advisor in my junior year.

A place or experience you will miss at Mount Holyoke: On a campus as beautiful as Mount Holyoke, it is hard to choose just one place. But one experience I will miss is being in the Office of Advancement, which is located in the basement of Mary Woolley Hall. For the past three years, I have been lucky enough to be a student worker at the Office of Advancement and it has been one of my best experiences at Mount Holyoke. I have thoroughly enjoyed walking in and out of those doors for the past three years and have gained so much knowledge from everyone there. The support, warmth and vibrancy made my time as a student worker unforgettable and I will miss everyone I have had the opportunity to interact with.

Proudest accomplishment at Mount Holyoke: One of my proudest accomplishments at Mount Holyoke would be being a two-time scholar-athlete, a recognition given by the College Squash Association at the end of every season. I am proud of the person I am today, thanks to the experiences, classes and people I have had the privilege to meet and interact with at Mount Holyoke.

How a close connection with a faculty member has shaped you: KC Haydon, associate professor in the psychology and education department, has been extremely encouraging over the past year and a half that I have known her. I am currently doing an independent study with her, which has been one of my favorite classes at Mount Holyoke. I am glad I had the opportunity to do something different like this in my last semester — and, in turn, contribute to Professor Haydon’s research. Her ongoing support and confidence in me have allowed me to do well and believe that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Course that surprised you, or that you thought you might not like: Last year I enrolled in a class called Hormones and Behavior, taught by Jamie Church, which I was apprehensive about because of how biology-heavy I knew it would be. Biology had never been a strong subject for me and hence I was worried I would be making a mistake. The class really pushed me outside my comfort zone and I am glad I enrolled in it. I ended up taking another course with Professor Church the following semester because of how much I enjoyed this class.

Best takeaway from internship or research experiences: Last summer I interned at Iron Mountain in the human resources department at their headquarters in Boston. During my 10-week stint, I was able to get a better understanding of different aspects of HR and narrow down areas that were of interest to me. It was my first internship in the United States, which I am glad I had the opportunity to experience, as I look forward to working in the U.S. for the next few years.  

How Mount Holyoke has shaped your global outlook: Mount Holyoke has made me a more confident and informed individual. Sharing the classroom and engaging in conversation with students who come from all corners of the world has been a riveting experience. I look forward to continuing these conversations as an alum.

Future plans: I am in the process of applying for jobs in the area of human resources. I hope to work for the next few years to gain some insightful experience before going to graduate school.