Tori visited Hamilton for the first time on Accepted Students Day, decided to enroll and has never looked back. “Along with the strong focus on writing, the open curriculum, the small classes, the low student-teacher ratio, and the beautiful campus, what really sealed the deal for me was the friendships I made that day.”
It is the people, the relationships he has built on the Hill, that make Tori always eager to return after time at home in Berkeley, California. He has been influenced by faculty, most notably Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Benj Widiss and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Angel Nieves. In addition to the energy and enthusiasm they exhibit for their respective disciplines, and the thought-provoking and challenging course work each brings to the classroom, Tori has found them to be supportive mentors.
With a major in English and a minor in Japanese, Tori is keeping an open mind in his career search. “I am particularly interested in a field that nicely melds creativity, problem- solving, qualitative and quantitative aspects, and relationship-building,” he notes, “as well as a component of giving back to my community” Tori’s professors and friends have strengthened his belief that he will succeed. “[At Hamilton], I have learned to trust and have confidence in myself, to take healthy risks and explore, to maintain a strong sense of integrity, and to give every activity my all. As a result of that influence, I have grown to not be afraid of the unknown future, but to embrace it and be excited about it.”
Beyond his studies, Tori finds time to serve as a Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC) site coordinator at the Utica Rescue Mission, play viola in the College Orchestra, participate in intramural softball, basketball, kickball and soccer, and host a radio show on campus station WHCL. He also holds down two on-campus part-time jobs—one in Information Technology Services and one in the Music Library.
“I cannot thank the College’s donors enough for what they have done to make my Hamilton experience what it has been. Without their support, I would not be the person I am today: a life-long learner, a risk-taker, a creative and analytical thinker, and a compassionate and thoughtful global citizen.”