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Q&A with Allison Hands ’19

Allison Hands '20

Hometown: Barrington, Rhode Island

High School: Barrington High School

Major: Chemistry

Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
I transferred from a large university where I felt a general sense of apathy from the student body. With the school being so large I found it hard to find like-minded people not just academically, but socially as well. I rushed for a sorority my first semester, looking to find a smaller community within the school, but found that it created unnecessary divisions and labels. When considering where to transfer, I looked for a school with more rigorous academics, where students want to be in class and professors know your name and notice when you are not there. Skidmore appealed to me because the student body is so genuine and the friendships and community are real.

What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
Skidmore is basically the opposite of my previous college: It is small, the students put academics first, the majority of students live on campus, there is an easily accessible downtown, there is no Greek life, there are always events happening on campus and the student community is strong.

What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
The Skidmore community is so welcome to transfer students. You will find your place here, no matter what your interest. Be open-minded and if an activity interests you, then ask someone about it. I also recommend taking part in the pre-orientation programs as a way to meet other students before you start classes.

Are you glad you transferred? Why? Why not?
Transferring to Skidmore is one of the best decisions I've made. Looking back at my freshman year it feels obvious that transferring was the right choice, but at the time it was not so simple. There are many factors I considered before transferring. It was hard for me to leave the friends and connections and I was afraid it would be hard to start over. As soon as I started at Skidmore I felt like I was in the right place.

What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
It’s easy for students to get involved in many different things. It is a great place to try something new because the students body is non-judgmental and accepting. I had never danced before I came to Skidmore, but I have taken dance classes every semester now and have had so much fun. I am able to balance my chemistry major with dance and music classes, and there are many students like me who pursue a variety of seemingly contrasting interests.

What are your future hopes/plans?
I am a chemistry major and I plan to attend graduate school.