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1812 Leadership Scholar

Lily Marks ’15

Community defines Hamilton for Lily. “Coming from a large, suburban high school, I hadn’t really experienced the sense of unity that a lot of people talk about when discussing Hamilton. But now that I’m here, I feel it every day. I always feel like I’m part of something.”

Lily, who hails from Clifton Park, N.Y., is majoring in comparative literature with an intended minor in biology. She notes that the College’s open curriculum and abundant extracurricular and volunteer experiences have allowed her to become engaged and connected in ways she never expected. And, as a result, she has learned to never limit herself—in her studies or in life. “I remember one of my professors telling us to never be afraid of failure, because we can only truly lose if we never take any risks at all. Over the past two years, I have learned to reach out and be open to any possibility—and I’ve been much happier this way.”

Lily serves as Head Verbal Coach for Let’s Get Ready, a program that helps expand college access for low-income and first-generation high school students—an experience she has found particularly rewarding. Her favorite on-campus activity is the figure skating team where she has become closer to many members of her team and challenged herself at something she likely wouldn’t have done outside of Hamilton. She is a member of the editorial board for the campus literary magazine Red Weather, copy editor for the campus newspaper The Spectator, writer for the weekly news and interest publication The Topical, head usher at Wellin and the Schambach Center, and an intern at the Print Shop. Although undecided about her future plans, beyond combining her passions for writing and science, she is certain of one thing. “The skills I’ve learned at Hamilton could transfer to so many careers and opportunities that I’m confident I will eventually find the career that is right for me.”

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