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Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? Hobart was one of only a small group of schools I considered, all of which were small liberal art schools within three hours of my home, each with outstanding academic histories and the ability for me to participate in athletics. The reality is Hobart to an extent was an adverse selection, as my top choice felt I would struggle on the field and my second choice felt I would struggle in the classroom. When I visited Hobart later in the process, having only driven by it several times, it just felt right and I was hooked. I remain pleased that the other two schools felt my abilities were lacking as I may not have had the life I have lead had I been warmly received at the others.
How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I always felt a strong gratitude toward the Colleges, particularly the financial support they provided to me even though I wasn't the most gifted student or athlete. As such, I felt a strong urge to "repay" the assistance I received so that others could enjoy the encouragement that this no strings attached financial aid provided.Â I established a personal program of donating each year to the campaign at levels that increased over time. As my participation continued, I found I was more curious about changes at the school about the time the school was more curious about me. Over the last 10 years I have gotten increasingly involved in off campus events, culminating in Trustee level participation.
What makes the Colleges Special? The special nature of the Colleges is that "s" at the end of the word. We are about the only if not the only, co-ed educational system that embraces its sex based coordinate identity. I find this to be fundamentally enriching. Women and men are allowed to embrace the whole environment on issues but are afforded the opportunity to participate in government committees or just philosophically by their College. While on campus I think this enables a relative layer of additional support, insulation and encouragement to emerge (from students, administration and gender based structures). Post-graduation, our alumni and alumnae have two levels to bond with in a tighter way. We enforce this individuality of gender identity in subtle but compelling ways, green and purple. Emotions run deep on these colors, and that is brilliant.
Why give back to HWS? Hws was life changing for me. It gave me the opportunity to mature, but not be molded. I want to see that opportunity continue for others.
What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? I want to help increase the brand awareness, increase the alumni and alumnae involvement and help bring back regional facts and trends that the Colleges may not otherwise be aware of.
What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? Dream big and have your eyes far down the road, but build to build that life path that will take you in unknowable directions, try to embrace and learn the smallest of details. Vision without knowledge is great at a cocktail party debate, but vision with knowledge is what creates a life of consequence. It's the details that will build your life and build your soul.