fall 2015

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A College Excellent & Nice

After fleeing Germany and hiding from Nazi occupation in Holland, sisters Gerda ’49 and Doris Bloch ’51 made their way to South Hadley to continue their interrupted education The letter began simply. “I should like very much to apply for a scholarship at the university…... » Read more

Illustration by Katherine Streeter

My Voice: Choosing Mount Holyoke Again and Again

I attended my first Mount Holyoke reunion in 1968. I was thirteen and slept on the floor of the Mandelles. It poured rain the whole weekend—as I would later accept was the usual for class of 1938 reunions. I fell in love with my mother’s…... » Read more

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Forgive/Can’t Forget

Like all of the other seven-year-old girls in my religious sect, I had an operation that removed part of my clitoris. In my quest to identify who could be held responsible I learned that forgiveness was the only way forward. The first and only time…... » Read more