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Top 10 Photos From First-Year Student Photographer


Jade Thomas ’20, a digital media intern for the College communications office, shares reflections and her top ten photos from her first semester on campus.

I’m Jade! While I proudly identify with my Montanan roots, I spent the past four years at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., as a boarding student.

Hamilton’s close proximity to the Adirondacks and small, endearingly crunchy community is what brought me here. From day one of arriving on campus to the sight of orientation leaders dressed in wacky costumes, the community here has been warmly welcoming.

With absolutely no idea what I’m going to major in, I have gotten involved in an abundance of things outside the classroom.

Year-round I dedicate my time to the women’s varsity crew team, but this past fall I also raced in the 90-mile Adirondack Classic with the marathon canoe racing team; finally got trained to be a Hamilton Outing Club leader so I can lead rad trips to pretty much anywhere; worked for the behind-the-scenes people at the college physical plant; and, of course, found my way around campus and beyond taking photos for the communications office.

Working as a photographer for communications has been ideal as a lost first-year. Photo assignments have brought me to events and locations on campus that I wouldn’t have normally attended, and they usually end up being totally worth the time.

As a result, I have surprised myself with a quaint knowledge of lesser-known spaces on campus and some really neat photos. We had a stunning fall this year that made my job easy. I now look forward to the supposedly never-ending dark central New York winter that I am certain my lens can find some sparkle in.

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