The first time I visited NMH, I was so impressed by my campus tour guide—she seemed to know everybody. But that’s the way it is here. It’s so accessible and you feel you can try anything. For instance, I love to sing, so I’m in the Mount Harmony a cappella group and have been in Concert Choir all four years. I really stretched myself this year and did the Stille Nacht descant solo for this winter’s Vespers concert. I even manage the choir for my workjob requirement.


The classes I’ve taken at NMH have been great, but I’ve also had incredible out-of-the-classroom experiences. Last spring, as part of our Humanities II course, about 17 of us went to South Africa. We went into the townships and it was so powerful to actually witness what we had studied.


The CMAP feature of NMH was a big draw for me. That stands for College Model Academic Program, and it allows you to immerse yourself in a subject. You take three major courses each semester and are in each class for 80 minutes. You can double up on what you’re passionate about and form strong relationships with faculty. You get the foundation here, and then you run with it. This past summer,
 I did a research internship in a medicinal chemistry lab at Boston University, and 
I was ready.


One of the classes I’ve taken this fall is the sophomore Diversity and Social Justice seminar. It’s designed not only to make you consider the many aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in our society, but also to increase your awareness of your own identity. I think both of those goals are reinforced by what I do outside of the classroom at NMH. I’m a member of the Circle of Sisters, an affinity group for young women of color that raised a lot of money for the local food pantry this year.