Hamilton was exactly the opposite of the environment Monique thought she wanted for her collegiate experience. In the end, however, life on College Hill triumphed for three reasons: academics, varsity softball and the people. “From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I was surrounded by warm, interesting, and exciting students. It was [this atmosphere] that touched my heart.”
From Berlin, Connecticut, Monique is majoring in world politics, with an economics minor. She is a member of the varsity women’s softball team and is active with “Liberty for North Korea” (LiNK), an on-campus organization that raises money to support North Korea’s struggle for human rights. During the fall 2013 semester, she studied in South Africa through a program titled “Multiculturalism and Human Rights” offered by the School for International Training.
“The program placed students in four home-stays within extremely different cultures, included a month long field research project, and emphasized experiential learning. “Having never been outside the country before, I was exposed to the world in a very real and shocking way. I learned so much from this experience, including a lot about myself.” Monique’s time abroad, coupled with a Hamilton course focused on “Globalization and Gender,” have helped her narrow her career plans. “After graduation, I hope to work in the field of international development. I am particularly interested in economic empowerment, human rights, and corporate social responsibility.”
Beyond the improvement of her writing and research skills, Monique feels that Hamilton has helped her find her voice. “I used to struggle with forming opinions and had a chronic fear of expressing my thoughts. I have learned how to think critically, form opinions and ideas, and most importantly how to have the confidence to speak up. I think that is extremely important, especially for young women.”
And after three years, Monique notes that her initial impression of the College still holds true. “There is a spirit in this community that is hard to define, but impossible to ignore. Hamilton people are willing to go the extra length to help you succeed.”