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I loved exploring the Netherlands and especially enjoyed seeing fields of beautiful spring tulips this spring.
My study abroad adventure in Amsterdam

Catie Hamilton ’25 reflects on a semester of picturesque canals, vibrant Dutch culture, and new friendships while studying in the Netherlands.

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Three photos: Andi Ramirez ’24, Cynthia Salas ’25, and Matthew Olivos ’26
First-Gen stories: Meet Andi, Cynthia, and Matthew

Andi Ramirez ’24, Cynthia Salas ’25, and Matthew Olivos ’26, three first-generation students in the Opportunity Program, share their campus stories and future plans.

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Scene from Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.
Life in one of the top 10 U.S. college towns

I arrived at Skidmore without a driver’s license — let alone a car; I was worried that I would feel trapped on campus, but with the lively and beautiful Saratoga Springs only a short walk away, my fears were quick to fade. Here are some of my favorite places to eat, shop, relax, study, and explore with friends.

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Braedon Quinlan ’24 as Skids
Introducing (Doctor) Skids

Graduating senior Braedon Quinlan ’24, a pre-med student, has been keeping a closely guarded Skidmore secret: Since last year, he has been Skids Scribner, the College’s iconic Thoroughbred mascot.

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Wesley Almanzar ’27 and Davin Arzu ’27 perform a translation of a play as part of Academic Festival session for the Theater Department, one of many distinct ways that Skidmore students from many disciplines participate in academic festival each year.
Academic Festival: A showcase of learning among peers

The tradition, which follows the end of classes, offers an opportunity for students to present their work, gain feedback from others in a supportive environment, and reflect on the next steps in their journeys.

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The Skidmore Esports club and dozens of other clubs participate in Club Fair, a festival-like showcase that takes place twice a year.
Find your niche: Joining a club or starting a new one

We’re all about you finding your niche: Skidmore boasts over 100 clubs dedicated to a broad range of interests, from tabletop gaming to birding. Still don’t see one that you like? Start your own.

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Vicky Grijalva ’24
Prestigious scholarship program supports representation in higher education

Vicky Grijalva ’24, a self-determined multimedia communication major from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and president of the Class of 2024, received exciting news when she was accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program.

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Willa Flink
Obama Foundation recognizes Skidmore student

Willa Flink ’25, a history major and arts administration minor from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the first Skidmore student to receive the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service.

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Students enjoy samples from local vendors at a farmers market-themed dinner.
Skidmore's dining hall, a home for Harry Potter's butterbeer and Kevin's family chili

Theme nights at Murray-Aikins Dining Hall are a well-loved tradition at Skidmore College, helping to add excitement to the student meal plan. These largely student curated evenings, which occur a few times every semester, help to make the wizarding world of “Harry Potter” and “The Office” come alive on Skidmore’s campus.

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Ruizhe Hao ’26
International student, local hero

Ruizhe Hao ’26, a Davis United World College scholar from Ningxia-Hui, China, is pursuing an education studies degree on campus while continuing his passion for rescue work as a volunteer firefighter.

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Skidmore student Giovanni Peyo
A bit like Sherlock Holmes

Giovanni Peyo '24, the recipient of a prestigious S3M scholarship from Skidmore, arrived on campus sight-unseen from Haiti. The computer science major describes how he found his niche at Skidmore and his plans for a career in cyber security.

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Battling back from two injury-riddled seasons, ice hockey defenseman Stephen Perez ‘25 stayed healthy during the 2023-24 campaign and he and the team both reaped the rewards.
Stephen Perez is all the way back ...

Battling back from two injury-riddled seasons, ice hockey defenseman Stephen Perez ‘25 recently contributed to one of the best seasons for the team in program history. Highly focused and hardworking on and off the ice, the junior business major has been busy gaining experience and preparing for a career in finance.

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Johnny Mulcahy ’24, left, and Tyler Schoenecker ’24 were part of the winning team in the Skidmore Building Challenge.
A LEGO contest underdog story for the ages

What happens when a LEGO novice enters a “LEGO Masters”-style competition? Clara Morgan ’26, an environmental studies major, presents the hilarious story of the 49 hours when she went from absolute LEGO newbie with a 9-pound bag of assorted LEGO bricks to an unexpected third-place finisher in the Skidmore Building Challenge.

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Madison Sadler
Add a language

Thinking of adding a language to your studies? Learn about how admissions ambassadors Rachel Alliker ’24 and Madison Sadler ’24 incorporated language learning into their academic journeys.

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Skidmore helped me rediscover my passion for dance and find new interests along the way.
How Skidmore reignited my passion for dance

For years, Christianna Poblete '26 of Akron, Ohio, trained to be a professional dancer. But in her senior year of high school, she was no longer sure about the future. She writes that Skidmore allowed her to continue to pursue dance while also exploring other interests. She rediscovered her passion for dance and found new interests along the way.

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Francie Wharton ’25
Gaining momentum through the Skidmore Physics Department

Francie Wharton ’25 shares how her summer research experience changed how she saw her future, and how her time at Skidmore got her there.

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The Ad-Libs, an improv comedy group, perform at the 35th annual ComFest in Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at Skidmore College.
The anthropology of a silly goose: Student standup at Skidmore's Comfest

For more than three decades, some of the wittiest and wackiest performers from colleges across the country flock to Skidmore for a weekend of laughs at the largest collegiate comedy festival in the nation. It's no joke that the annual National College Comedy Festival (affectionately known as “Comfest”) is a seriously important tradition on Skidmore’s campus.

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Grace and her friend doing yoga
'A transformative refuge': Finding myself and community in Skidmore's Wilson Chapel

Grace Mahon ’26 has never really considered herself particularly religious but has found programs offered by Skidmore’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invaluable as she has navigated the transition to college life. Yoga classes through Skidmore’s Mindfulness Program have helped her manage stress and bond with peers. It’s one of numerous ways that Skidmore supports spiritual and religious growth and fellowship on campus.

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A photo of me, Anesu Mukombiwa ’24, in Skidmore’s Scribner Library, doing what I love: writing.
From 'Zim' to Saratoga Springs: My unexpected journey to Skidmore College

Writing at the start of the second semester of her senior year, English major and Davis United World College Scholar Anesu Mukombiwa ’24 reflects on her unexpected path from Zimbabwe to Saratoga Springs, New York, with stops in Greece and China along the way. “I’m here now,” she writes, “And some days I can hardly believe it.”

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Braedon Quinlan ’24 smiles at the camera while wearing a Skidmore sweatshirt in front of the Tang Teaching Museum.
Finding where you fit

No one expects you to have it all figured out on day one. At Skidmore, exploration and discovery of new passions is all part of the process. Peer ambassadors Braedon Quinlan ’24 and Cadence Trach ’24 saw their plans for the future and majors evolve during their academic journeys.

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Maggie Besthoff
Doing both

At Skidmore you can do both — that means having full control to explore all of your interests. And who better to demonstrate this than our admissions ambassadors? Here are three peer ambassadors who are truly doing the most with their college experiences.

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Peer mentors Liz Bracht ’24, Sophia McGowan ’24, and Jackson Smith ’24 smile at the camera in a Skidmore classroom.
Part teaching assistant, part older sibling: Skidmore's peer mentors

Peer mentors made a positive impact on their first-year experiences; now these upperclassmen are paying it forward, collaborating with Scribner Seminar professors and taking on a guiding role to support new students' transition to college academics and life.

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A student performs at Caffe Lena as part of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Joel Brown
From the classroom to the stage of Caffe Lena

Students in Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Joel Brown’s Songwriting Workshop perform at Caffe Lena, the longest continuously running folk music venue in the United States and a mecca for some of the biggest names in folk.

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Max Heberlein ’25
Max Heberlein '25 grinds out his Skidmore legacy, builds toward a successful future

The two-sport athlete and business major has learned about leadership, teamwork, and what it takes to persevere. “I love the opportunity to be a team captain,” he says. “I’m lucky. It’s a template for real life.”

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Professor Michael Marx gestures enthusiastically as his Scribner Seminar students watch.
Faculty and students learning together: Skidmore's Scribner Seminars

Scribner Seminars, which blend disciplines and help students adjust to the rigors of academic life at Skidmore, are an example of what makes learning at the College so unique. Charlotte Mahn ’25 sits down with three professors to discuss their experiences with the program and what they’ve learned while teaching first-year students.

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A group of seven students (including Catie Hamilton) sit and smile into the sun. Dense trees and greenery can be seen in the background.
Adventure in the Adirondacks: My SCOOP experience

Catie Hamilton ’25, an American studies major with Periclean Honors Forum and business minors, reflects on her experience in Skidmore's Outdoor Orientation Program (SCOOP), an optional pre-orientation program. “The bonds created through SCOOP are lasting,” she says.

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Two students laugh from a table emblazoned with "Jet Lag Comedy." Another student plays the ukulele.
Finding community or creating your own in Skidmore's clubs

How do you find your community at college? Skidmore has more than 100 clubs, where you can make friends and explore your passions. You can even create your own. Here are a few where Skidmore students have found their niche.

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Liz Bracht
Unsure about picking the right college? Liz Bracht '24 was, too.

Worried about picking the right school? Liz Bracht '24 was unsure, too. But after she settled into campus and college life at Skidmore, she knows she made the right choice. “At Skidmore, I think I’ve been able to adapt and grow in a way that feels very true to myself,” she says.

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Skidmore alumnus Alex Carney ’22 smiles at the camera next to the SmartScope telescope.
From musician to engineer

Alex Carney ’22 entered Skidmore with a primary interest in music. He ended up pursuing a triple major with a degree in mathematics and physics from Skidmore and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College as part of a dual-degree program.

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The Tang Student Advisory Council stand and sit against a backdrop of art in the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
My year as chair of the Tang Student Advisory Council

Eve Kreshtool ‘23, a New York-based alumna pursuing a career in the arts, says serving as chair of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum Student Advisory Council allowed her develop her own unique set of leadership skills. She thanks the Tang staff and her colleagues for helping her grow.

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Two Skidmore students work to solve Scribbler
Lucy Scribner Library: Academic hub and home away from home

Lucy Scribner Library invites first-year Skidmore students to imagine that an attempted art robbery has left beloved library mascot Scribbler Squirrel trapped. As students rush to free Scribbler in a fun, escape room-themed activity, they discover Scribner Library is much more than just a building with thousands of books: It’s a hub of campus life and, with its cozy and inviting atmosphere, a home away from home.

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Three students work in the DOCLab with camera equipment during a documentary studies course in fall 2022.
Discovering the art of documentary storytelling at Skidmore

Charlotte Mahn ‘25 interviews faculty member and podcaster Christine O’Donnel about Skidmore’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) and the art of audio documentary in this audio feature. MDOCS “is for anyone who wants to tell a story,” says the English major.

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Jacob Lord
Pursuing cosmic string research at a liberal arts college

Although strong science programs are sometimes associated with large research universities, Jacob Lord '24 picked Skidmore to pursue his interest in physics. Thanks in part to the encouraging and collaborative environment he found here, he is now on track to be among the first published undergraduates in the field of cosmic string research.

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Elena Tittel stands in front of a children
How I discovered my passion for psychology (and English, too!)

Elena Tittel '25 was set on being an English major. But in her first her first week of classes, she fell in love with the Psychology Department, too. Now, a double major in English and psychology, she wants to encourage others to explore the full breadth of what Skidmore has to offer. 

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Charlotte Mahn
Skidmore professors changed my understanding of what college is all about

Charlotte Mahn '25 came to Skidmore expecting it to be like her previous educational experiences. She discovered that Skidmore professors’ dedication to their students goes far beyond what she had ever imagined: Skidmore professors are here not just to teach students, but to help students find their place in the world.  

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A student moves in with their family
Unpacking your packing list

Wondering what to pack for school? Look no further than this helpful list of items you might want to bring with you to your first semester here at Skidmore.

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Alex Ciardullo sits with a tutee in the Philip Boshoff Writing Center
Making collegiate writing accessible to all

The transition to collegiate writing can be scary — but it doesn’t need to be! Hear what the staff and tutors of Philip Boshoff Writing Center have to say about making college-level writing accessible to students at every stage in their academic career. 

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Katherine Almquist ’24, co-captain of Skidmore’s tennis team
Her toughest match yet: Saving the planet

Meet Katherine Almquist '24, a student on a mission. Her experience at Skidmore – blending roles as an athlete, environmental scientist, and LGBTQ ally – has been carved from sheer, inspirational passion.

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Bobby Stratts, class of 2023
Q&A with student-athlete Bobby Stratts '23 on doing both

At Skidmore, Bobby Stratts ‘23 did two sports, a business major, and student leadership positions. How did he do it all? 

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Vicky Grijalva ’24
Discovering Skidmore through Skidmore's Discovery Tour

A program for accepted students from underrepresented backgrounds, Discovery Tour offers an opportunity to visit Skidmore and Saratoga Springs; meet students, faculty, and staff; and learn about the College’s academic and cocurricular offerings and intercultural life. Vicky Grijalva ’24, a self-determined major in multimedia communications from Miami, Florida, talks about her experience organizing the event in 2023.

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Arham Hashmi ’23
Finding a community that feels like family

Arham Hashmi ’23, a psychology major and English minor from Pakistan, describes how working as a peer health educator; serving in leadership positions in multiple Skidmore clubs, including the International Student Union, Muslim Student Association, and Hayat; and directing a play reinforced their identities and helped them find a community at Skidmore that “feels like a family.”

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Aminah Hopewell ’26 and Ari Dean ’26
'A showcase of Black excellence and Black joy': The annual Ujima fashion show

Each spring, Ujima organizes its annual fashion as part of the Skidmore club’s efforts to raise awareness of Africa, African American, and Caribbean cultures. The director of this year’s production, environmental science major Luna Peralta ’23, discusses all the hard work and talent that have gone into the spectacular production. Her goal? “To showcase pure Black excellence and Black joy.”

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Naima Nigh ’23 stands with artist Trenton Doyle Hancock
The night I introduced my favorite artist to Skidmore

As the 2022-23 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Intern at the Tang Teaching Museum, Naima Nigh ’23 had the opportunity to bring her favorite artist, Trenton Doyle Hancock, to campus and introduce him to the Skidmore community. “It has been one of the highlights of my Skidmore career,” the business major and art history minor writes.

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Kat Dunn ’24 rapidly transformed herself from a “super-sub” hoping for game time to Skidmore
Kat Dunn's transformation on and off the soccer pitch

Kat Dunn ’24 rapidly transformed herself from a “super-sub” hoping for game time to Skidmore's first Liberty League Player of the Year in women’s soccer. Read about how the California native chose Skidmore, found her footing, and ended up studying psychology, business, and Spanish.

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Allie Serapilio ’25
Finding community through HIPS, Weird Books, the Tang, and Frisbee

Allie Serapilio ’25, from Clifton Park, New York, is an English major with minors in art history and environmental studies and sciences. A first-year seminar on Weird Books, clubs like the Health, Image, Power, Success (HIPS), and involvement at the Tang Teaching Museum have all helped Allie connect at Skidmore.

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Students dance to the croon of a guest Indie Rock band.
Skidmore's Liveliest spot for music lovers

Lively Lucy’s, Skidmore’s student-run campus hangout and club offers amazing music and – most of all – a community that cares about everybody.

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Local foodie and Skidmore student Sarah Libov ‘24 sheds some light on what your favorite Saratoga coffee shop might say about you.
Which Saratoga Springs coffee shop are you?

Local foodie and Skidmore student Sarah Libov ‘24 sheds some light on what your favorite Saratoga Springs coffee shop might say about you.

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Biology and studio art double major Allison Conwell ’25, who plans to pursue a career in scientific illustration, shows one of her illustrations during a visit to the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences greenhouse.
biologist + artist = scientific illustrator

Since childhood, Allison Conwell ’25 has been fascinated by the natural world and art. At Skidmore, she’s doing both as a biology and studio art double major and plans to pursue a career in scientific illustration.

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Prince Shyllon ’26
Student-athlete-entrepreneur Prince Shyllon '26

Prince Shyllon, a basketball player, social media influencer, and entrepreneur, plays point guard on the Thoroughbred men’s basketball team. A first-year student, he plans to major in business and minor in computer science at Skidmore.

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Calli Frankel ’25, a double major in psychology and French,  was drawn to Skidmore’s location near the Adirondack Mountains and is now an active member of Outing Club.
Savoring snowy peaks and chocolate chip pancakes with Outing Club

Calli Frankel ’25 is pursuing a double major in psychology and French, and is a leader in Skidmore’s Outing Club. Calli says she was drawn to Skidmore’s location near the Adirondack Mountains, where she could hike, bike, climb, and “all that good stuff.”

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Elise Milner ’25, seated on the floor, is a member of Skidomedy, one of several Skidmore student clubs dedicated to comedy.
A campus for comedians

For more than three decades, Skidmore has hosted the National College Comedy Festival, a tradition for aspiring campus comedians and for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Elise Milner ’25 describes her first experience performing at ComFest and sharing the stage with professional stand-ups Chris Fleming ’09 and Marina Franklin.

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Liza Schnauck ’25
English major, biologist, Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast

What do English literature, Organismal Biology, and Ultimate Frisbee all have in common? Liza Schnauck ’25 has pursued them all at Skidmore.

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Darren Jackson Wilkins ’25
One evening, two performances

Darren Jackson Wilkins ’25, who is majoring in theater and minoring in music and arts administration, came to Skidmore so he could pursue all his interests. One evening, he did it all, playing the lead role in a Skidmore Theater production before rushing over to sing in the finale in Skidmania, one of Skidmore’s cherished musical traditions.

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Sarah Libov, a Skidmore College student, plays guitar in a recording studio
A day in the life of a business and music student

I was most drawn to Skidmore for the ability to pursue not just one, but all of my passions while studying here. I have always had multiple passions in music, technology, and business, and I knew that Skidmore would allow me to explore all of them.

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Renée Fritschel ’25 in her dorm room
Camping outside the Tang for a chance at a Matisse or a Warhol for our dorm room

Maitreya Ravenstar ’25 and her roommate slept outside the Tang Teaching Museum as part of Roommate, a Skidmore tradition that allows students to deepen their appreciation of art by borrowing artwork and living with it for an academic year.

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Maitreya Ravenstar ’25
My Skidmore transfer story

Maitreya Ravenstar ’25, who is pursuing a self-determined major in multimedia journalism, talks about transferring to Skidmore and how the College's Transfer Trek helped her find her niche at Skidmore.

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Saratoga Springs
Three itineraries for a day in our hometown, Saratoga Springs

A visit to Skidmore College isn’t complete without sampling some of the best experiences, dining, and sights that our hometown, Saratoga Springs, has to offer.

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David Tago
At Skidmore, I don't have to choose just one passion

David Tago '23, a math major and physics and computer science minor from Kenya, discusses why he chose Skidmore.

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outdoor theater performance
What's life like as a theater major at Skidmore College?

Hi! My name is Ayesha and I’m a theater major from Hong Kong and the Philippines. I’m excited to answer some of your questions about my life here at Skidmore.

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young woman standing in farm field
Driven to do both, a dance major adds documentary filmmaker to repertoire

With campus resources and faculty support, Kathryn Brodie defined her own creative path that merged seemingly disparate passions – dance and documentary film.

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Sofia Newberg Skidmore College
From senior to senior: A message to accepted students

Skidmore College seniors are ready to pass the baton to the next generation of students. But, before they go, they have some advice for high school seniors contemplating Skidmore.

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Bryan Cuzco-Sinchi ’23
AMA: Life as a first-gen student at Skidmore

Social work and Spanish double-major Bryan Cuzco-Sinchi ’23 answers questions from prospective students about his life at Skidmore as a first-generation college student.

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A young woman with blonde hair walks outside on a fall day
Making the (best) big decision

Lily Ross ’24 shares what it was like to apply to Skidmore Early Decision, the many emotions of making that decision, and celebrating the moment she got in.

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A college student works at an archaeology dig in the woods
Digging into Skidmore's archaeological past

Anthropology major Kelby Wittenberg '23 reflects on his experience working an active archaeological dig site on Skidmore's campus and uncovering Revolutionary War-era artifacts.

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Stella Piasecki pulls garlic mustard, an invasive species, out of the woods
A recipe for the battle against garlic mustard

I like to think of myself as a garlic mustard warrior, and this summer I am continuing my campaign here at Skidmore. How does one get drafted for this duty? It starts with a deep love for the outdoors.

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Maddy Tyler
A computer science major turned graphic artist

Through a partnership between Skidmore and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), recent graduate Maddy Tyler ’21 is the artist behind the official artwork for the 44th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.

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students move into dorms
Housing, dining and student life FAQs, answered

Four Skidmore students answer your questions in a recorded Q&A with Associate Dean of Student Affairs Mariel Martin.

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Risa Fukushige ’21
"No matter the score, keep going forward."

We caught up with two outstanding athletes, Risa Fukushige ’21 and Stanley Langyintuo ’21, days before they graduate from Skidmore as they look back on their time as Thoroughbreds.

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Heather Ricker ’22
Heather Ricker '22 recognized as top STEM scholar in the US

Skidmore chemistry major Heather Ricker ’22 has been awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship in the United States for undergraduates in STEM fields.

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Dylan Telano
Eight entrepreneurs jump into Skidmore's "Shark Tank"

The Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition is an annual tradition at Skidmore where students pitch real business plans “Shark Tank”-style and compete for funding to pursue their dreams.

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Nakeysa Hooglund
Q&A with transfer student Nakeysa Hooglund '22

As a woman of color, I had several negative experiences at a previous school and was looking for a place that would welcome and respect me for who I am.

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Peer Health Educators
Meet the Peer Health Educators, front-line pandemic friends

A group of student volunteers are doing some of their most impactful work during the pandemic by helping students make and maintain meaningful social connections.

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Fall foliage
Fall color splashes across Skidmore

Our beautiful campus is photogenic all year-round, but it puts on an impressive, colorful display in the fall that students can't help but capture.

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Clare Driscoll
Why I applied Early Decision: Clare Driscoll

"Skidmore was a good fit for me since I wasn’t clear on what I wanted to major in and I knew the College would offer a broad menu with all its major options and resources."

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with transfer student, Jonah Marcus

"I was looking for a place that had a wider variety of things to do on campus and that fostered an environment in which students actively participated in clubs and college events."

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Student stand near a lake in the mountains
Why I applied Early Decision: Harry Mooney

"I applied ED to Skidmore because I participated in a variety of activities and clubs in high school and pursued all of my academics to pretty much equal depths."

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Two student stand by the Skidmore welcome sign
Q&A with transfer student, Gabby Vuillaume

"I am able to express myself more freely and creatively at Skidmore than I was at my previous school. Plus, the community was just so welcoming."

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Hillary Goldstein
Thank you, Skidmore

Before I graduate, I want to thank Skidmore, the communities it fosters and the memories and life it’s helped me create.

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Skidmore men
Going to college with 40 brothers

I knew going to college and playing a college-level sport would be a big deal and a big change, but I didn’t realize I would gain 40 new brothers to lean on.

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Isaac Myran ’22
Q&A with Isaac Myran '22 on applying Early Decision

I applied Early Decision because I thought Skidmore was the right fit for me out of all the schools that I looked at.

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Stanley Langyintuo
Q&A with transfer student, Stanley Langyintuo '21

I decided to transfer to Skidmore because I wanted to attend a school that has a very diverse and culturally tight-knit community.

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Eva jones
How I'm starting my career planning as a college junior

Skidmore has taught me many things, including how to use resources and the expertise of people I’ve met here to begin constructing my post-grad life.

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Caite Canfield
A "mini Skidmore" in Tiffany & Co.'s Manhattan makerspace

In the middle of Manhattan is a workshop where centuries-old tools — chains, lathes, rolling presses — meld with modern technology — microscopes, 3D printers, laser welders — and some of the most precious metals and materials in the world.

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Jourdain Patrick
Why Skidmore? Resources to push my creativity.

On the books, I’m an English major with a media studies minor. But I like to think of it as “arts communications” because I’ve been able to create my own opportunities.

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Brandon Borges playing hockey
Why Skidmore? The chance to be a first-gen college grad

I would never have believed it, but here I am — the first person in my family to go to college.

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Brook Heston ’22
Q&A with Brook Heston '22

After looking at lots of schools, Skidmore really stood out to me. I liked the location and the friendly environment, but most importantly, I could picture myself as a student on campus.

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Brian Roberge
Why Skidmore? Being myself.

Thanks to amazing academics, financial aid and Skidmore’s engaging atmosphere, I get to be myself — a student from a small-town in Vermont.”

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Jess Lincoln
Gaining confidence and geeking out at the Tang Museum

Art has always been central to the way I see and exist in the world. Thankfully, Skidmore has given me countless opportunities to learn and teach through art, including crafting my own hands-on internship at the Tang Teaching Museum.

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Anthony Nikitopoulos performs at the Moscow Art Theater School
My semester on a Moscow stage

I’m a double major in geosciences and theater who studied abroad in Russia at the Moscow Art Theater School and spent six days a week in an immersive performance program. What was it like? Very, very xорошо (good).

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Three students have ice cream in downtown Saratoga Springs
Saratoga traditions Skidmore students love

Saratoga Springs is the perfect college town. What really makes it stand out, however, is how passionate the community is about its quirky traditions.

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with Atzallali Saucedo-Ruiz '21

My college counselor in Chicago said I would really connect with the values and “feel” of the Skidmore College. Spoiler: She was right.

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Three student producers of the 2020 National College Comedy Festival
What makes Skidmore so funny? A Q&A with ComFest producers

We sat down with the three student producers of the 31st annual National College Comedy Festival to learn a little more about what makes laughter, and this event, an integral part of the Skidmore student experience.

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with Erin Hearne '21

I took a tour of Skidmore the summer before my junior year of high school, and I fell in love with the campus and the community.

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Waffle pizza
Seven waffle dishes that offer new takes on your favorite D-Hall classics

Have you ever wondered how your favorite D-Hall dishes would taste if you switched out the usual bread with a waffle? Adam Weinreb '20 did, and blogged about it.

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The Spa in Case Center at Skidmore College
Curious about Skidmore student life? Meet me at The Spa.

Part fast-casual restaurant, part living room, part stage, part meeting space, part study spot, The Spa is a special place to many Skidmore students.

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Hadia Bakkar
Why Skidmore? Because every option matters. [Video]

The truth is, there's no specific Skidmore experience that you should have. It's all pretty open. Every option matters. And that's the beauty of it.

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Stickers on a laptop
Our community of individual sticker collectors

I think you can find out a lot about a person, and a community, by asking about the stickers they stick. So I did. Here’s what I learned.

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Hillary Goldstein
A day with Ms. Goldstein, my student-teacher alter ego

Off campus, I am Ms. Goldstein the teacher. On campus, I am Hillary, the college student. They are one and the same for me, but balancing both can be equal parts hectic and exciting. Here is a day in my life.

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Melanie Nolan
A window into my week at Skidmore

Recently, I learned that Lucy Skidmore Scribner, the founder of Skidmore College, kept a datebook where she would write about her activities and the people she met a century ago. This got me thinking: What would be in my datebook?

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Jacques Klapisch
Why Skidmore? Early Decision.

I'm a history major and political science minor from the Boston area. A lot factored into my Skidmore decision, but two big parts were a campus visit and the chance to do some pretty cool research.

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Jonsson Tower
All the reasons why Jonsson Tower is my favorite residence hall

From its towering presence over campus to its sweeping penthouse views, here’s why I believe the iconic Jonsson Tower is an unforgettable part of the Skidmore student experience.

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Eva Jones
Learning to rewrite the 'perfect' plan

When I was in high school, I thought I knew exactly how my life should pan out. If I was a “perfect” applicant, I’d get into “perfect” colleges and success would easily follow if I kept working hard. Well, this is the story of what actually happened.

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Jourdain Patrick
The universal language of mixes, mashups and melodies

As a DJ, I've discovered that everyone at Skidmore has a unique playlist for their college journey. It's when you mix them together, though, that things really start to vibe.

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Anthony Nikitopoulos
Why Skidmore? The "do both" mentality. [Video]

I've always had a passion for the performing arts and the sciences, but I never thought he could truly do both, until I got to Skidmore.

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Melanie Nolan
My Life at Skidmore: The very first month edition

From swapping my Philadelphia Eagles for an assortment of Northeast teams, to adjusting to “pinch me” moments I experience each day, here’s a look at what my first few weeks as a student at Skidmore have been like.

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Woeser Dolma
"Who will you be abroad?" And four other questions to consider.

While we all have different perspectives and are sure to have different experiences, there are universal considerations that anyone planning an off-campus journey should make. Here are some key questions to ask yourself before leaving Skidmore.

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Zoe Pagliaro does research on an island in Lake George, NY
Why Skidmore? Life-changing science experiences. [Video]

I came to Skidmore wanting to “stay as far away from the sciences as possible” because I didn’t think they were a fit for me. But a few classes later, the liberal arts changed my mind.

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with transfer student, Charlotte Squire

I wanted to be at a school where having interdisciplinary interests was considered an asset, not a challenge. Skidmore allows me to pursue my varying academic interests and to have a rich extracurricular life, both of which prepare me for life after graduation.

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Harry Mooney
From prerequisite to passion

How Skidmore’s liberal arts curriculum put me in a class I never planned to take, with results I never expected.

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Student college student tour guides welcome prospective families to Skidmore
Campus visit tips from Thoroughbred Ambassadors

As a Skidmore student and a Thoroughbred Ambassador who has guided many prospective students through campus, I've collected some tips to make your visit to Skidmore that much more memorable.

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Heather Ricker, a Skidmore college student, conducts an experiment in a chemistry lab
The chemistry of my first summer at Skidmore

How one year at Skidmore, and a few serendipitous opportunities, transformed me into a seasoned atmospheric physical chemistry researcher.

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Zoe Ousouljoglou works on an archaeological site in Greece
Digging into life abroad

Despite being perpetually covered in thick, cold mud on an archaeological dig, I had one of the most exciting adventures of my life studying abroad in Athens, Greece.

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View of a sunset over a mountain from a hiker
A Skidmore student's guide to Saratoga-area parks and trails

Saratoga Springs and its surrounding area are home to more than 25 public parks and trails, two state parks and one national park. Here's my perspective on a few favorites.

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with Jacques Klapisch '21

I first visited Skidmore in the summer of 2016 and was instantly enamored with the College. As someone who was stressed out by the college application process like we all are, it was daunting task.

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Hadia Bakkar with a bike at Skidmore College
My Life at Skidmore: A bicycle journey

Learning how to ride a bike is no easy feat. As Hadia Bakkar ’20 can attest, “Much like the slopes and hills of Skidmore’s campus mirror many college experiences, my biking journey was not a flat path and required support from all sides.”

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View of Skidmore College landscape from a stream on campus
How Creative Thought Matters changed me

From my very first glimpse of it, to living it, to using it in job applications and everything in between, Creative Thought Matters drew me to Skidmore and opened up a world of possibilities.

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Sindi Mafico
'Not all those who wander are lost'

As a Zimbabwean raised in Swaziland, living in Barbados and attending college in the United States, I am no stranger to change. But that doesn't mean it was always easy.

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Lexi Parker
Why Skidmore? Finding what I like, and going for it [Video]

I learned pretty quickly to not be afraid of pursuing new interests here. Because that's what Skidmore is all about — finding what I really like, and going for it without hesitation.

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Terence Durrant sings during an acapella performance
A Bandersnatcher for life

Everyone says clubs at Skidmore are important. They’re right. Here’s my club story and how I found my people to build amazing college memories with.

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Loan Giberson
Why Skidmore? Being a self-determined major.

Skidmore is totally unique in the way it supports what you want to do. Choosing a self-determined major in music marketing and finance put me in a great position to be able to work in the music industry.

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Jennifer Lupoff
There's no place like Skidmore

Throughout my last few weeks at Skidmore, I found myself flooded with forgotten, tucked-away memories of the past four years. Each final paper, class or Monday routine was tinged with a bitter-sweetness. And as the time dwindled, these places, spaces and moments came together in an unexpected way.

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Hillary Goldstein
Why I bought 144 plastic ants for my Scribner Seminar

Scribner Seminars aren’t “typical” first-year seminars where you sit through lectures on college basics and write papers to learn “college writing.” Instead, they are funky, cool, unique and, dare I say, creative classes inspired by each professor’s passions.

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Charlie Williams
Basketball, burgers and a business capstone

What is life like as a Skidmore student? Here’s a look at one of my final weeks as a senior in college.

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Lexi Parker
Professors who teach me to trust, try and take one thing at a time  

In four years, I have had 22 professors at Skidmore. Each one engaged me in challenging curricula. And a few also snuck in some life lessons. 

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NK Mabaso and friends
Friendship is a universal feeling

Whether someone is from down the street or another hemisphere, deep down many of us arrive on campus with the same gut-knotting, shoulder-tensing vulnerability that makes us wonder, “Will I find friends?”

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Nitin Natrajan
One suitcase, three months, three countries

Hola from beautiful Barcelona! I'm on a three-month, multicountry journey this semester learning about what social justice looks like in vastly different cultures.

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Lexi Parker
My home at Skidmore is a team

College for me has been about finding my place. Who am I? Where do I belong? I never expected it, but my “home” turned out to be a basketball team that I'm not even on.

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Skidmore students hike in the Adirondack park
Wander into Skidmore Outing Club

Why did I wake up at the crack of dawn to hike a mountain in freezing temperatures in the middle of winter? Because I love it and that’s what we do in Outing Club.

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Rachael Thomeer
Life after Skidmore: from student government to state politics

Hello, Skidmore family! Rachael Thomeer here, class of 2018. I’ve been on an exciting journey since I graduated, and I wanted to offer a glimpse at what my life looks like after Skidmore.

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Terence Durrant II ’19 and friends at Skidmore
Advice I wish I heard before college

I will graduate with a double major, a minor and a job already lined up. But there are few pieces of advice I wish I’d received four years ago.

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NK Mabaso
Dear international student ...

Life in the United States is very different from my home in South Africa. I expected this, but some things truly caught me by surprise. For my fellow international students, or anyone else curious about American culture, here a few things that made me laugh, smile or shake my head.

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Mike Park
A soccer player passionate about perfect words

I dreamt of playing professional soccer, but that didn’t exactly come true. Initially stressed about finding a college major, becoming a walking amalgamation of athleticism and the arts.

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Elizabeth Levy
Why Skidmore? Because I'm learning to lead [Video]

My professors and coaches challenged my creativity and made me think outside the box. The result: I feel more confident as a leader and learner.

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Jenny Lupoff
To my beloved library desk ...

"I met you as a first-year student – young, bright-eyed and eager to dig into my Scribner Seminar. Years later, here’s my ode to all we’ve been through, and learned, together."

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Zoe Pagliaro
Rescue pigs, campus tours and pollinators

What does a week in the life of a Skidmore student look like? Here’s a look at one of my weeks in pictures, filled to the brim with things I’m passionate about.

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Male student studying in the library
My guide to self-care in college

College can be demanding. Here are some steps I follow to minimize stress and stay healthy.

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Student studies in the library
My journey to finding my major

Finding your major can be a daunting journey. Luckily, there is no “right” path to take at Skidmore. Here, we’re encouraged to explore and with guidance from professors and interdisciplinary courses, we find our way.

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Marley Amico teaches in a classroom in Kenya
From Skidmore to Kenya and back

I drove from Saratoga Springs to New York City to catch a flight leaving JFK International Airport. Destination: Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly two days later, I stepped into what will likely be one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.

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Brandon Borges skidmore hockey player on the ice
My Life at Skidmore: Brandon Borges

Years ago, if someone told me I was going to play hockey at Skidmore College, I wouldn’t have believed them for a second. Because I’m a first-generation college student and opportunities like this didn’t seem possible … until they were.

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Murray-Aikins Dining Hall at Skidmore College
Everything I love about Skidmore's dining hall

The award-winning Murray-Aikins Dining Hall is an essential part of student life at Skidmore. Serving a variety of delicious foods on an accommodating schedule, “D-Hall” provides students with comfort and flexibility.

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Chicken Fingers being tossed in the air
The time I broke my foot on Chicken Finger Friday

Friday at Skidmore means one thing: chicken fingers. But what happens when you combine an accident-prone first-year student, 3,000 pounds of chicken fingers and a suede bootie? Let me tell you about this fateful Chicken Finger Friday.

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Jesse Epstein
Why Skidmore? Pursuing interdisciplinary passions. [Video]

I couldn’t find a college that supported my many interests. Then I came to Skidmore. Now I'm an EMS provider, psychology researcher, admissions ambassador, Hillel leader and more.

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Isabella Bennet in her dorm room
Why Skidmore? Studying geosciences in Iceland

After her First-Year Experience semester in London, Isabella Bennett '17 went on to double-major in environmental studies and geosciences. She also went abroad twice more, to study in Iceland and then New Zealand.

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Skidmore College Campus
Five campus hacks from a Skidmore senior

It takes some time to know the ins and outs of a school—the lingo, layout, everyday tips and tricks. Well, lucky for you, I’m here to let you in on a few secrets. These “hacks” might make those cold winters, busy days, late nights and life at Skidmore run just a little smoother.

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This is Skidmore podcast
This is Skidmore Podcast: Don't boo. Vote!

Max Fleischman '19, Doris Donelan '19 and Hannah Fishman '19 sit down with Robin Adams to discuss their efforts to boost voter registration. They cover topics of voter suppression, absentee ballots and how they are getting Skidmore students involved in this year's general election.

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Harry Mooney
My Life at Skidmore: Harry Mooney

Hi! My name is Harry. Having just begun my second year at Skidmore, I find myself reflecting on how radically I have changed. Because college, for me, has been an opportunity to be open, embrace unfamiliarity and find the best version of myself.

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Marley Amico in Kenya
I get the chance to travel to Africa for an internship, but how do I pay for it?

How Skidmore's Career Development Center and Student Government Association turned a wild opportunity into a life-changing reality and an unforgettable experience.

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Jenny Lupoff, Skidmore 2019 student
My Life at Skidmore: Jenny Lupoff

Hi there. My name is Jenny and I'm a senior at Skidmore. My years here have not been perfect, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is no perfect “fit,” no perfect school and no perfect experience.

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Alexandra Marello a Skidmore College student writer for an the Amazon series
From Skidmore to streaming on Amazon

I will be graduating from Skidmore with “Amazon screenwriter” on my resume. How did I get here? From first-year student to senior screenwriter ready to take on the film industry, this is my story.

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Questions & Answers
Q&A with transfer student, Spencer Evett

I was looking for a college that wasn’t too small or too big, had structure academically but still allowed for freedom, and had abundant opportunities in the performing arts.

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Connor Crawford
Why Skidmore? Astrophysics research

Research at Skidmore is far above what you may expect. I’m a published author and I’m still an undergrad student. That’s a pretty cool reward and an even better experience.

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Nkosingiphile “NK” Mabaso
My Life at Skidmore: NK Mabaso

Born and raised in a small township called Thokoza in South Africa, I, Nkosingiphile “NK” Mabaso, have always known that I was destined for greatness. Now, a senior at Skidmore, I can’t wait to make this vision a reality. Learn more about me and follow along as I share stories from my life at Skidmore.

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Joshua walking in the woods
Josh Wagner on hiking, the Adirondacks and life at Skidmore

I feel lucky to be at a college that has such great outdoor experiences nearby.

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College student seated in the woods
Our summer in Skidmore's North Woods

My name is Zoe Pagliaro and I, along with Michaela Bonforte, spent our summer stewarding Skidmore’s North Woods. From trail maintenance to bug hotels, here’s a look at what it was like to have a job where you’re required to explore nature and share it with others!

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Nhlakanipho Khumalo, Class of 2020
My summer at Skidmore: Nhlakanipho Khumalo '20

Hey everyone! Nhlakanipho Khumalo here, class of 2020. I've been super busy making the most of Skidmore and Saratoga Springs this summer. Here's a quick look at what I've been up to!

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Naira Abdula
Why Skidmore? Entrepreneurial opportunities. [Video]

I come from Mozambique, a country with one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. At Skidmore, I'm gaining business and economics skills while raising funds to teach children to read, write and count using interactive technology.

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Skidmore coffee mug
A student's tour of Saratoga's coffee scene

Where do Skidmore students go to fill their (often reusable) coffee cups? Jillian Seigel '18 toured 10 spots in Saratoga Springs and found that, even in coffee, Creative Thought Matters.

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Students in Guatemala
My service trip to Guatemala: What I loved and learned

Marley Amico, a junior at Skidmore, takes us behind the scenes of her recent alternative spring-break trip to Guatemala to participate in service work and a cross-cultural exchange.

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Students watching a film
Student films reveal life in Palestine

Students gained a glimpse of what life is like in Palestine from a young person’s perspective at the screening event “Palestinian Voices” on March 28 at the Tang Teaching Museum.

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Alessandra Canario
Why Skidmore? Exploring outside my major.

My entire journey has been about finding connections that ultimately put me onto new paths of discovery. From American history to studio art, to fiber arts, to vintage clothing and beyond.

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Blair Warren
Why Skidmore? A million ways to get involved.

I’m a student, researcher, writer for Communications, and Skidmore News editor. I really enjoy how Skidmore allows me to have this many roles. It’s hard to limit myself because there are so many things I care about.

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Cristian Fernandez
Why Skidmore? Hip Hop, Spoken Word and a Business Major

Skidmore professors not only teach, but connect the material with the big picture so we can really see.

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Kasia Dillon
Why Skidmore? The health sciences network.

I knew early on that I wanted to go to medical school. What I didn’t expect were the number of doors Skidmore faculty and alumni went out of their way to open for me to help me get there.

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Reflections on senior year
Reflecting on four years: How Skidmore allowed me to be myself, whatever that is

Finals week comes to a close, seniors celebrate during senior week, and then they cross the stage to close another Skidmore chapter. Student Blogger Brian Allan '17 reflects on his last four years.

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Sigel-lecture
Jeremy Siegel '99 comes back to share career lessons in media and entertainment

Student Blogger Gabirelle Pagnozzi-Schwam '18 had the chance to attend a media and entertainment training by Jeremy Sigel '99, organized by the Career Development Center.

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Pizza Bagels at D-Hall
Six creative ways to spice up D-Hall food

Student Bloggers Maya Feyzo-Pearlman '19 and Zoe Chodak '19 find a way to make even the most delicious D-Hall food more exciting.

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aerial photo of Skidmore Campus
Six things students miss about Skidmore over winter break

What do students miss most about Skidmore when they leave for winter break? Student Blogger Brian Allan '17 created a list.

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Aldarondo
Film as healing: Revisiting and reframing AIDS

Student blogger Brian Allan '17 reflects on the screening of professor Cecilia Aldarondo's "Memories of a Penitent Heart," seen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and upcoming at Sundance in January.

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Shankar Mani ’18 stands up against global warming.
Skidmore students take a stand

Hundreds of Skidmore students gathered for the fifth "I Wont Stand For" event, sharing what issues they care about.

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aerial photo of Skidmore Campus
My Life at Skidmore: Brian Allan

Get to know Brian Allan '17, Skidmore College's student blogger.