Student Conversations

Caroline Conboy ’17
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Major in psychology and minors in education and child advocacy; president of Outdoor Recreation Adventure Program; co-president of the College Experience Outreach Club; lived in Geneva 2020 Theme House; member of Big Brothers Big Sisters; member of the William Smith Swimming and Diving team: during the 2016 season, produced 15 record-breaking swims; at the NCAA Championships, earned All-American honors with an eighth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke; 2016 CSCAA Scholar All-American; member of the 2016 UNYSCSA and Liberty League all-academic teams

I’ve been on a swim team since I was in the fourth grade. I’m passionate about the sport and, since I arrived at HWS, I’ve learned that I’m passionate about inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities. I like working with kids who need attention, who need someone to give them a platform so they can speak up for themselves. The Colleges have allowed me to be involved in both. I spent part of the past two springs working at the Geneva YMCA with the local Special Olympics Team. There’s a joy in the athletes and in the stands that you don’t see elsewhere.

Students arrive at HWS as members of the Geneva community. Our lives are enriched by being involved in Geneva and we have a responsibility to give back. I’ve been lucky to be in the education program, so I’ve worked in a number of local schools. On campus, I’m the co-president of the College Experience Outreach Club. The Ontario County ARC College Experience program brings students with developmental disabilities to campus as members of the HWS community. Students attend classes, clubs and athletic events. And when they earn their College Experience certificate, they walk across the stage at Commencement. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at HWS.

From my perspective, the campus conversation has been about diversity and inclusion, and more broadly about ensuring that all students are involved in the community in some way.


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