There’s nothing quite like home – that feeling of walking into a warm house to the smell of baking brownies after a long day of classes. For many on campus, home can seem far away at times. However, students can come close to home every Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the President’s House.
Each week, Mary Herlihy Gearan opens her home to students to provide a home away from home on the HWS campus. “It’s an opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally have the chance to,” remarks Michelle Preston ’14. Students are free to relax, enjoy good food and company, and talk about just about anything.
“Sometimes we talk about politics, sometimes we just talk about school or life,” says Jacqueline Paolino ’14. This particular Friday, Thanksgiving plans and this past summer’s World Cup were the topics at hand.
“This reception gives first years a chance to get to know each other, and it presents an opportunity for them to interact with upper class members,” says Gearan, who began the weekly receptions in October.
Shane Samuel ’13 joined the group to talk about his involvement on campus. “It’s great! I can talk to first years about my experiences, and encourage them to get involved,” says Samuel of the weekly receptions. Samuel, the manager of the HWS Domestic Violence Awareness House, spoke about his recent work with the “Build a Safe Bear” fundraiser he organized, which allowed students to stuff bears for children affected by domestic violence.
“I’ve always tried to open the house to students, and I wanted to have time when students could specifically come and feel welcome,” explains Gearan. For those looking for a piece of home and good conversation, be sure to R.S.V.P. by Wednesday of each week to Val Vistocco at firstname.lastname@example.org.