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Q&A with Hillary Goldstein ’20

Hillary Goldstein ’20

Hometown: Colchester, Connecticut

High school: Williams School (in New London, Conn.)

Major/minor: Education Studies major, Health and Human Physiological Sciences minor

Activities: Treasurer of Hillel; Admissions ambassador/tour guide; Student Academic Services (SAS) academic technologies tutor, SAS student worker, SAS head peer mentor; member of Random Acts of Crafts, and Skidmore co-president for the newly developing Challah for Hunger chapter

Why did you apply ED?
Quite honestly, I'm really bad at making decisions, so the fact that I applied Early Decision says something huge. I came from a small school, with 49 kids in my grade so I was used to a smaller classroom setting. I knew I wanted a small school with small class sizes, along with a school where professors and advisors truly get to know their students and care about and support them. To me, it’s comforting to know that if I need help or advice I can go to my professors during their office hours and not feel intimidated. I also love the campus and the Saratoga community. There are so many ways to get involved and there's always something happening both on and off campus!
Best parts of your college experience?
My Scribner seminar, “Picturing Time,” with professor Sweeney, is a highlight. It was one of my favorite classes. I could talk about it for hours and I share tons of stories on my Admissions tours about it. The FYE seminar is a unique program that really helped me transition from high school to college life.

I also love doing random things with my friends. For example, this spring a friend and I were studying in our own rooms and both had a ton of work to do. She decided we needed a study break and walked into my room with paper and finger paint. We went to the common kitchen in our residence hall and finger-painted. As other people on our floor walked by they started joining in. It was a great way to take a study break and meet new people on my floor!

Most surprising moments?
That I’m a science minor. In high school I avoided science and if you asked anyone there they would have never expected me to love science. I took a Health & Human Physiological Science class my first year at Skidmore to simply fulfill the science requirement but ended up falling in love with it and minoring in it.
Advice on applying ED?
Ask teachers from whom you want recommendation letters early on and write your college essay over the summer. Although writing your essay in the summer might not seem appealing, it makes a HUGE difference once school is back in session and you have to fill out other applications on top of doing your homework.  
Something most people don’t know about you?
I can list all 50 states in alphabetical order in less than 25 seconds.
Post-Skidmore plans or dreams?
Since I was little I have always wanted to follow in my mom's footsteps and become a special education teacher. Now that I have begun to explore other areas at Skidmore I am still interested in becoming a special education teacher but I'm also interested in exploring the field of occupational therapy.

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