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NEW ENGLAND REGION PROFILE

Katelyn Miller '07

New England Graduates of the Last Decade Coordinator

Benefits and Wellness Manager, Iron Mountain
Portland, Maine

Student Worker, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Intern, Office of Admissions

Major/Minor: Economics/Public Policy

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I loved that HWS encouraged me to take classes I wanted to take, not because they were mandatory. It felt like I was in control of my education and had a say in how I wanted to learn and develop as a student. Being from Maine I also loved the lake and how much the lake influenced the culture of the campus. I spent many nights gazing at stars on the dock or swimming on a hot fall day.

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I stay connected to the Colleges by following "This Week in Photos" (TWIP) to see what happened on campus and see how things have changed over the years. I also enjoy reading the Pultney Street Survey and love seeing pictures of my classmates getting married and having babies. On a more personal level, I work hard to stay connected to my college friends. Even though we may be states apart, I always enjoy getting together and sharing old and new stories. We have a unique bond with each other!

What makes the Colleges special? HWS has a unique culture. With two colleges in one community, it’s the best of both worlds. William Smith students are able to have their own traditions, such as Moving Up Day, and honor those traditions originally set by William Smith, but also have an experience as a co-ed campus. I think the Colleges have such a unique history and progression that really shaped what it is today.

Why do you give back to HWS? I give back to HWS because I want other students to have the same opportunities that I did when I was a student there. I feel so fortunate to have had an educational experience that was so individual and tailored to my interests. I want to see HWS continue to attract strong candidates who will eventually join our alum network. I think it’s important for HWS to stay up to date with the newest facilities, technology and continue to be an attractive, competitive choice for possible candidates. I now realize what a great gift it was that not only I went to a school that I loved, but also went to a school that cared about my future just as much as I did.

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? Overall, I would like to be connected with others in my regional network that have the same passion and dedication to the colleges. As a Graduates of the Last Decade volunteer, I hope to connect with the recent graduates and help better support them as they reach out to their peers, encouraging donations to the Colleges. I think being a leader in that effort is huge and having done it for several years myself I know some tricks of the trade and hope to share what I know with those volunteers.

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student?  Even though college physically lasts only four years, it can last the rest of your lifetime. How college shapes you will help create opportunities for careers, influence networking connections and impact your hobbies and interest. Take advantage of everything HWS has to offer!