Brooke Hoffman ’26
New York City
When Brooke Hoffman ’26 received her admission to Hamilton as a Jan, she didn’t realize the impact studying abroad in London would have on her. “Initially, I viewed being a Jan as a way to attend the school I felt was the best fit for me,” Hoffman said. “However, after spending my first semester abroad in London, I am so grateful for my experiences. I gained so much perspective and developed tools that helped me immensely with my transition to college.”
While Hoffman recognizes that beginning college in an untraditional way might seem daunting, she encourages any future Jans to “take a leap of faith.” For one thing, Hoffman’s learned to embrace new experiences even when they appear frightening. “The new lifestyle my friends and I were thrown into, although it was scary at first, allowed me to become more independent and gain a stronger sense of self,” she said.