|Views from the hill
What’s your favorite club or activity on campus?
“The Muslim Student Association. I’m not a Muslim, but I’ve always been fascinated by its place in American culture — probably because I’m a child of the 9/11 attacks. It’s a very enlightening experience.”
— Jack Ngyen ’15, St. Louis, Mo.
“Working at the community garden. A lot of people don’t know we have that here, but they have free veggies at the vegetable stand, and it’s great to donate a couple of dollars. Anyone can work in there, and it’s one of my favorite things to do since I’ve been here.”
— Hagere Yilma ’16, Gaithersburg, Md.
“The figure skating club. I’ve met some amazing people and really enjoy the practice time on the ice. I compete with them, travel and compete solo, and also am on the synchronized skating team.”
— Anna Gilman ’15, Pasadena, Calif.
Back on campus
Just before the fall semester began, Colgate asked alumni from far and wide to offer advice to the Class of 2016. Via Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, alumni gave guidance ranging from the practical to the pithy. Here’s a sampling, and click here to see more.
“Don’t be good at everything. Take some risks…. Join a club that you don’t understand, try out for a show. Just go out there, fail at something, and be weird. You can learn a lot that way.”
— Michael Torpey ’02, actor and comedian
“Take Intro to Astronomy in the fall. Spring isn’t as warm as it sounds.”
— Jennifer Sharp ’98, project archivist, Connecticut Historical Society
“Go to professors’ office hours, not only for help with a class — amazing conversations and new friendships await.”
— Giselle Winchester ’10, Spanish teaching assistant, Syracuse University
“Take advantage of the liberal arts education. Individuals who graduate with a good working knowledge of current data-related tools as well as the ability to think analytically and communicate effectively will be highly sought after.”
— Rob Lowrance ’93, recruiter
“Spend time in town getting to know the community and its residents.”
— Katherine Pezzella ’09, assistant director of Greek Life, College of Charleston
“Don’t try to do things that people want you to do. Go make that statement. Be bold. Be different.”
— Sian-Pierre Regis ’06, cool-culture entrepreneur
“There are so many opportunities available to you: Career Services, going to athletic events, social activities, and of course, the amazing professors. But, you only get what you give.”
— Ayanna Williams ’08, Peace Corps educator, Morocco
A snapshot of Colgate students from around the globe
218 international students
8% of the first-year Class of 2016
45 nationalities are represented
53 from China
9 African nations are represented
1 men’s basketball team player from Leposavic, Serbia
9,360 miles to Colgate from Black River, Mauritius (home to 1 student)
63% more international students today than 5 years ago
18 economics majors (their most popular concentration)
45% males and 55% females among international students