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Ripple Effect

Senior Lynn Cutter has made a splash during her time at HWS, both by setting records on the William Smith swim team and benefitting the community through her involvement with public service.

Cutter began swimming competitively at age six and, by 10, she was swimming year-round. “I’ve always wanted to be in the water,” she laughs. Not wanting to feel like a fish out of water during her first year at HWS, she immediately joined the William Smith swimming and diving team.

“I didn’t know anyone coming into HWS,” Cutter explains, “But the swim team provided me with immediate friends; it was my foundation and support system.”

Since then, Cutter has set three school records and was selected to two all-academic teams, Liberty League All-Academic and the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) All-Academic Team, as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“I was just a swimmer my first year; but all of a sudden, people started asking me, ‘Can you help us organize this event? Can you join our club?’” Cutter says.

CutterCutter, a public policy major with a concentration in children and families, has become the event planner for Ontario County’s Big Brother Big Sister program, a tour guide at the Office of Admissions, and an active member of NARAL Pro-Choice, through which she helps promote healthy lifestyle choices to women in the William Smith and greater Geneva communities.

Cutter’s minor is sociology and public service and she even took her affinity for public service from Geneva, N.Y., to Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied abroad last year. While there, Cutter attended the 7th session of the Human Rights Counsel and took notes for the International Federation of University Women.

To top it all off, Cutter is the co-chair for HWS’s Relay for Life, which took place earlier in April. “Relay for Life has provided me with an internship for my public service minor –and it is fun!” she says. “I encourage all HWS students to participate and have a great time helping out a good cause.” So how does she manage to do it all? “I use four planners,” Cutter jokes. “I’ve always been an organizer.”

Cutter hopes to combine her organizational skills with her love of community service after she leaves HWS by pursuing a career in the growing field of corporate responsibility and cause-based marketing. “It would be the best of both worlds,” says Cutter. “I get to do exactly what I love while combining corporations and good causes.”