For academically accomplished students, there is no higher recognition than admission to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Of nearly 300 PBK chapters nationwide, Zeta of New York was the 23rd founded, making it older than many American colleges and universities.
Rising sophomore Samari Brown ’24 looks back at her first year at the Colleges, including how she found her passion for theatre. Brown wrote for and performed in the fall production “Supernatural Saunter.” This summer, as a research assistant in the Theatre Department, she is studying famous BIPOC members of the Geneva community and writing
Rising sophomore Reece Wilson ’24 answers questions about the first-year student experience. A Sutton Trust Scholar, Wilson is an international student from Kelty, Scotland. On campus, he joined the International Student Association, co-launched the HWS chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a collegiate business career organization and won a prize at their annual Future Business Leaders Conference.
Graduating magna cum laude in biology with a minor in economics, Amelia Smith ’21 has landed an internship with the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, where she hopes to affect environmental policy on Capitol Hill.
“My First-Year Seminar (FSEM) was “Genocide in the Modern Age” taught by Professor Richard Salter. It was a unique experience as it allowed me to get to know my advisor and provided a good foundation to succeed at HWS. Professor Salter focused on each of us as individuals, which made his advising process more personal.”
Having persevered through an unprecedented academic year, the Classes of 2021 received their diplomas during an in-person ceremony held on the Quad. The “once-in-a-lifetime” challenges of the pandemic have been a dramatic test of resiliency for this year’s graduates, as well as a “catalyst for thinking about the nature of work, what is important in