Caroline Spruill ’12

Mid-Atlantic Admissions Coordinator

Consultant for Documentation, Communications and Engagement, The World Bank

Arlington, Va.

Chorale and Cantori (President in senior year)
William Smith Congress (Presindent in sophomore Spring and Junior Fall)
Brought ZipCars to campus
Study Abroad, London
Three Miles Lost
2015 Strategic Plan

Majors/Minor: Political Science and International Environmental Policy/American Studies

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I had never heard of HWS, but my senior year of college my high school college counselor suggested that it could be a good fit for me. The first interaction I had with HWS was when an admissions representative came to my high school and I was intrigued. I knew nothing about the Finger Lakes, but my dad and I came up and attended a fall open house and I fell in love with the place. The gorgeous weather helped, but I could tell that there was really something special about the people and the place. I decided it was a good fit for me academically as I was interested in Political Science, and it was also a great fit for me extracurricularly since I knew it would allow me to be involved in a number of different activities.

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I’m lucky to live in a city where I see at least one HWS alum every day. My roommate went to HWS, as did my immediate supervisor at work. I also have a number of other close friends who are in the D.C. area who I see regularly. I also keep in touch with a number of faculty and staff who are in Geneva and keep me in the loop on campus happenings, which I love.

What makes the Colleges special? I know there are a ton of other small liberal arts schools, in beautiful rural settings, that have a “great sense of community.” But anyone who’s spent any time at HWS understands that there is something intangible about the place we called home for 4 years, that is so hard to explain to other people, but that is so true. I often have a hard time explaining to people who’ve never been, but there seems to be a common joy that everyone has for being there, and that’s an energy that translates itself into everything from deep classroom discussion and late night camaraderie in the library to meaningful engagement in the campus and greater Geneva communities to rewarding social experiences.  

Why do you give back to HWS? I give back to HWS because it would be ridiculous not to give back to a place that gave me so much. The things I learned, the experiences I had, the people I met, the incredible friendships I formed, are invaluable. I think it is important to give back, not only by donating some money every year, but by continuing to be engaged with the campus as well as the next generation of students to ensure that they have the opportunities to have the same incredible experience that I had.

What are your goals as a Regional Network volunteer? As HWS is rapidly expanding its reach and as students from further and further away are increasingly choosing HWS, I think there is huge potential that exists to build strong regional networks especially in less traditional areas. I’d really like to see the Colleges build on the momentum and enthusiasm that exists outside of Geneva to help advance the mission of the Colleges.

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? It’s cliche to say that time flies and that every opportunity should be taken advantage of, but I’d really encourage an incoming or current student to take a step back and think about what they want to have gotten out of their four years at HWS, and what they want to be able to say about the time the spent there. Then I’d say do everything possible to make that happen so you have no regrets. But also, enjoy the quiet moments-- the peace that comes from sitting in SAGA with your friends or taking a walk by the lake. It’s the little things that you’ll miss the most and if you don’t take the time to enjoy them and reflect on how lucky you are to be where you are and when you are, you’ll really miss out.


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