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Colgate Never Leaves You

By Jake Pulver '16 on May 22, 2016

Autumn at Colgate

Homecoming at Colgate is an incredible time, due in large part to the alumni that come back to campus. On the Sunday of this past Homecoming, while many students had already made a bee line for the library, and others were getting last meals in the area with the alumni, an alum and I were on our way early to Colgate’s trapshooting range. How appropriate for us to be going the extra mile, trying out something out of the ordinary, while spending our last couple hours together on campus. On the car ride there, we reflected on our times at Colgate, and what the institution has done for us, when it just came out of my mouth:

“You can leave Colgate, but Colgate never leaves you.”

Cliché as that may be, it could not ring more true for me and my experience at Colgate University.

I came to Colgate having rarely stepped out of my comfort zone. My Jewish high school was tiny – there were 31 students in my entire class year – and everyone there came from similar backgrounds. As I walked at our graduation, I was happy to reflect on what I had accomplished in four years, but was ready to move onto the next step, to be sent off into the unknown, to meet a new world of my own.

That being said, when I arrived at Colgate, I didn’t exactly make great leaps and bounds in what I was exposing myself to on campus. I can’t say that I was the type of person to get up and actively make connections and find opportunities on my own. In fact, my friends in the first few weeks were people from around my hometown or that knew a home friend, people my twin brother (also at Colgate) had met, or people in my residence hall.

Gate-Town Connection

Photo by Eliza Hanson ’14

Extracurriculars introduced me to more individuals on Colgate’s campus, but I still very much stayed within the confines of my comfortability. I started a WRCU FM radio show with my brother, became involved with the Colgate Jewish Union, and joined the Blue Diamond Society, a philanthropic and social group comprised of male, primarily Jewish students at Colgate. That’s not to say that I didn’t see anything new by getting involved where I did on campus. Welcoming me into these activities were eager upperclassmen, who showed a very pointed interest and clear enthusiasm for their times at Colgate, be it based around their campus involvements or for Colgate in general.

And over the first two years of my college experience, I continued to observe this spirit that drove people to pour their hearts out into their contributions to campus and their continued learning. I became a sophomore, welcoming in a new class of Colgate students. I took on more involvements as I explored my own interests. But I still could not understand where this unified passion for Colgate came from. I was grateful for it, but I could not get why so many alumni bothered coming back up to Colgate for the SophoMORE Connections program. I had yet to see how Colgate really affected someone to the point of this unquestioned attachment and dedication.

It was with this mindset that I departed from Colgate in Spring 2014 for the summer and my ensuing Fall 2014 semester studying on a non-Colgate program in Florence, Italy. I was aware that people loved Colgate, but was very much looking forward to having my own experience in a place physically and culturally distant from my life in Hamilton, NY.


Photo by Jake Pulver ’16

Well, they say you never know what you got till it’s gone. There was so much to look forward to while studying in Italy: the food, the nonstop dialogue in Italian, the sheer novelty of my situation. And yet, while I had an unforgettably pleasant, exhilarating time studying in a foreign country, there was a part of me that felt unsatisfied. Large gaps of free time outside of class, uninspired classroom settings – these unfamiliar phenomena got to me. It was when I was cast in a whole new world, when I wasn’t in the place or around the people that had groomed me in recent time, that I saw my cliché statement in true form. Familiar or unfamiliar, comfortable or uncomfortable beginnings – it didn’t matter, because I had picked up the same attitude that I observed from my first moments at Colgate, and finally made the realization of it.

And what is this frame of mind of which I speak, and with which I strongly identified? It starts with intellectual curiosity. Be it in the classroom or in pursuing our passions, Colgate students genuinely seek knowledge and question how the world works, what shapes our lives as we know them at a higher level, why things are the way they are. We look for ways to be exposed to new perspectives, and take them in for all that they are worth.

Speaking of seeking something out, Colgate students pick up an inclination for filling up their time with activities upon diverse activities. Just as you’d be hard-pressed to find students who don’t exhibit multiple areas of academic interest, so you likely could never find a Colgate student who isn’t up to multiple things on our campus. The upperclassmen I knew through my involvements didn’t just contribute to Jewish life. They were members of Konosioni, a cappella singers, SGA officers, editors-in-chief of the Maroon News, Sidekicks, Senior Admission Fellows, SOMAC volunteers, Office of Sustainability interns, Colgate Activities Board directors, and far more than I could even fathom. Everyone has their unique portfolio of activities that make them tick, and at Colgate, we embrace that diversity.

The most marvelous thing about all of these activities? People may start out in an a cappella group because they love singing, or take part in the Sidekicks COVE program because a friend got them to join along. In the end, however, their continued involvement in the same activities over four years boils down to a passionate, unwavering dedication to community. People don’t just stick to their hobbies, but rather, impact the Colgate community through their activities. Colgate students perform, volunteer, support, pursue the highest callings, and strive for change all to pass on an even better Colgate to their peers.

It was this impactful, multifaceted, inquisitive mindset that I felt almost alone in celebrating as I went through my time abroad. Only the interactions that I had with the few Colgate students on the trip could remind me of this spirit, and give me a taste of what I could look forward to as my time in Italy came to a close.

Views from the Hill, Spring 2015

As comfortable as life in Italy was, I felt relieved as I drove down Route 12B in the chilly Winter of 2015 towards Hamilton, NY. I had relaxed the past semester away, and I was raring to dive into Colgate life head-first. I took part in an intensive Interfaith Retreat, where I learned more about the eight religious groups on Colgate’s college campus and bonded with peers over spirituality. I participated in Yes Means Yes, an eye-opening positive sexuality seminar. I became a leading figure in my interest house, Philanthropists at Colgate. I also took a course with an Intergroup Dialogue component. Later on, I even tried out being in a dance group, something first-year me would never be able to fathom. More than ever before, I felt the multifaceted stimulation that others before me felt at Colgate.

But might I remind you: you never know what you got till it’s gone. I was back at the place I missed so dearly, involved in all of my old activities along with some new ones, but there was one glaring difference. I still had one class year above to look up to, but without the Class of 2014 and many of my friends in the Class of 2016, I realized just how quickly I was being thrown into leadership and informal mentor roles on Colgate’s campus. As the presence of classmates above me dissipated, I felt more of an obligation to be that same guiding presence for the underclassmen. Presented with an opportunity to take the year to celebrate and look back on my time at Colgate, I instead took seriously my obligation to serve the Colgate community to the highest level that I could. I stepped up to be Colgate Jewish Union co-president in a time where the board needed leadership, and took my involvement with the Office of Admission to its peak by being a Senior Admission Fellow. Doing so gave me much more fulfillment and pride than sitting by the wayside. It put me in a position to lead and groom underclassmen, sharing little words of advice where I could and setting them up to eventually take the reigns.


Photo by Jake Pulver ’16

Going through the last few weeks of my time at Colgate was trying. Although I may not have broken down, I definitely got sentimental on the inside about my college career. I may have gone back to Long Island for winter and summer breaks, and even lived in another country for three-and-a-half months, but Colgate became my home, my happy place for the last four years. Of course it would be difficult to leave. Nonetheless, I was able to keep myself in high spirits, knowing that part of the Colgate experience was acquiring personality traits that I would take along with me for wherever my next chapter and beyond take me. No longer am I the person restricting himself to people in close proximity and activities that fully suited my interests. I became a curious go-getter, someone who would explore any activity that I found the slightest bit intriguing. And through it all, I learned to honor the community around me, and do what I could to raise it up.

To the members of the Class of 2016 reading along: congratulations! I am so happy that I could share this transformative journey with you all. To those who have any time, be it a semester or the entire four years, left at Colgate, take one last word of advice from me: let Colgate do what it did for me for you as well. Try out that thing you’ve always been curious about. Give back to the community for the sake of Colgate, for all those that taught you and those waiting to be taught. Don’t resist change; embrace it! Once you do, you will have a part of Colgate that will never leave your side.

A Thank You to Colgate University

By Sarah Haas '16 on April 27, 2016


As the sun sets on my time at Colgate (albeit my futile efforts to slow down time and deny the inevitable), I have begun to seriously reflect on the last four years of my life. In the beginning of the academic year, I set out for my concluding year at Colgate to be monumental and liberating. I wanted to walk on that stage at Commencement in May knowing that my college experience was shaped by me, and that that’s the real reason why my four years would be the happiest and the most memorable ones that I will ever have.

Through this final reflection and sense of nostalgia I am experiencing as my final semester is regrettably coming to a close, I can successfully say that I have reached my goal. My senior year at Colgate University was filled with ever-lasting memories, friendships, adventures and accomplishments that will allow me to walk that stage at Commencement with the greatest sense of pride and joy. However, before I officially retreat from undergraduate college life and commence my journey into the real world, there are a few final thank you’s that I owe to Colgate University. Though the past four years has not lacked its ups and downs, Colgate has ultimately helped me grow as a person intellectually and spiritually, and has provided me with friendships and memories that I will forever cherish and never forget. Without further adieu, and in no particular order, I must thank you, Colgate University for:

  • Helping me find my future bridesmaids and wedding guests
  • Giving me the most caring and inspirational professors a student could have
  • Providing me with ample opportunity to study abroad
  • Aiding me in becoming fluent in another language
  • Giving me the most stunning view and perfectly constructed rolling hills I will ever see/inhabit in my lifetime
  • Teaching me how to write an essay, and a real darn good one
  • The “Colgate Hello”
  • Learning how to live in colder temperatures
  • Time management
  • Positive body image and loving myself for who I am, flaws and all
  • My First-Year Seminar and the bond that I still have with the members of my first-ever class at Colgate
  • My lifelong attachment to and adoration for the number 13
  • Byrne Dairy Chipwiches
  • The opportunity to meet, interact and form friendships and bonds with people from all over the world
  • The diverse set of clubs and on-campus activities
  • “Yes Means Yes” Seminar
  • Spring Party Weekend
  • The opportunity to listen to a plethora of inspiring and extraordinary lecturers including Hilary Clinton, Salman Rushdie, Ron Paul, Rudy Guiliani (just to name a few)
  • What it truly means to be in a committed and healthy relationship
  • Learning how to accept all different types of individuals for whom they are as a human-being, and not for their race, gender, sexual orientation or identity
  • Full comprehension of dense literature such as the Bible and those written by Plato and Homer (texts I would have never understood or enjoyed without the Core Cirriculum)
  • Tollhouse Cookie Pie
  • WRCU Radio and The Maroon-News
  • The Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education, and the plethora of opportunities to volunteer in the local, domestic and international communities
  • My Communities and Identities Core Curriculum Course
  • Late-night bites up the hill
  • How to be a better friend
  • The most incredible and supportive alumni network that anyone could ever have
  • The Outdoor Education Program
  • Learning how to walk up several flights of stairs and steep hills without completely losing my energy
  • Taylor Lake
  • Franksgiving 
  • The chance to watch and enjoy Division I Athletics 
  • The potential for a successful future 

And most importantly, the best four years of my life. Thank you, Colgate.

10 Things to Know About Colgate That You Won’t Hear on a Tour

By Darian Nicholson '19 on April 14, 2016

The college search process can be overwhelming to say the least, and whether you’re looking at two schools or twenty, remembering everything from the tours, information sessions, and interviews is essentially impossible. It is also impossible to learn all the great things there are to know about Colgate within these parameters. While I believe tours can be incredibly informational, the following are 10 things that might not be covered in a tour that I think are important to know about the Colgate experience.


Ed Burgers

You can get the best burger of your life at 11 PM in Frank Dining Hall, made by the famous Ed. And there are more food hacks where that came from.



You’ll probably see at least 10 Instagram posts of the campus in a week, and you’ll participate too. You might lose one or two followers because they’re sick of your constant pics of the Chapel, but it’s all worth it when you get to revel in one of America’s most beautiful campuses.


Bumpin’ on a Tuesday

Case-Geyer Library is frequently referred to as Club Case. Believe it or not, Case is one of the most social places on campus. You’ll see people who live up the hill, down the hill, first-years all the way to seniors getting their work done in the library.


History in Hamilton, NY

You probably know we have a dinosaur egg, but did you know we also have part of the Berlin Wall? A piece of the famed wall can be found by 94 Broad St, one of the student residence halls.


Here, There, Everywhere

You see familiar faces literally everywhere. Especially living up the hill, it’s a rare occasion that you don’t see someone for over a week. But this means that you’ll easily be able to stay in great touch with all of your new friends!


First One On the Story

Colgate’s Maroon News is actually the oldest college weekly newspaper in the United States! The paper originated in 1846 as the Hamilton Student.


Breeding Creativity

Ever heard of Smartwater, Trivial Pursuit, or Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream? The founders went here.


Tougher Than the Rest

Our women’s rugby team was second place in the nation in the NSCRO tournament in 2015.


You May Never Have to See the Snow

There are tunnels that connect McGregory, Olin, and Lathrop Halls, so if you really don’t want to face the surface on a freezing winter day, you might not have to.



About half an hour away is Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia, which features a 167 foot waterfall. Most students stay on campus most of the time because it’s so great here, but this is a great short trip to take if you’re looking for a mini-adventure.

10 Things That Have Stayed True Since My Colgate Tour

By Julia Klein '19 on April 4, 2016

Colgate Tour

Welcome, prospective students! Whether you’ve already come to campus, or are planning on joining us on an April Visit Day, visiting Colgate will help you picture life as a student here. My tour was one of the main reasons that I came to Colgate. Even in just an hour walk around campus, I noticed Colgate’s palpable senses of community, involvement and friendliness. My tour guide seemed like a genuine, involved and academically driven person, someone I could see myself being friends with. I instantly knew that this was the type of environment of which I was looking to be a part.

With a month left in my first year at Colgate, I can tell you that what I heard on my tour has revealed itself to be true. Here are ten things in particular that I heard on tour and witnessed on campus during my visit that have stuck with me throughout this year at Colgate:


The Colgate Hello!

Students made a conscious effort to say hello to me on my tour, which made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Now, as I walk around campus,  I can’t help but say hello to people that I pass! Colgate has a close-knit student body, meaning you are likely to pass people you know, no matter where you are headed.


The 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio isn’t just a number.

Because many professors live downtown, relationship with faculty at Colgate extend beyond the classroom. And with such small classes, all of my professors know my name! Professors are enthusiastic about their subjects and are excited when you share a common passion. They love to set up meetings to get to know you better. Plus, they often invite students for a meal at their home at some point during the semester. They are some of the coolest people on our campus.


Get involved!

Getting involved is what students do on Colgate’s campus. Through pursuing many interests (ones I didn’t even know I had prior to coming to Colgate), I have met incredible people and become a part of many organizations beyond my academic studies. So much goes on here! Through joining clubs and teams, I have found multiple spaces in which I feel like I belong.


Don’t shy away from choosing a random roommate.

You might’ve found that perfect person through Facebook and that’s great – go for it! But if not, don’t stress. I ended up going random and my roommate and I are a perfect match. We have similar interests and go to bed within a few minutes of one another every night. She is my go-to for a midnight conversation. I couldn’t have chosen a better roommate myself!


You spend a lot of time in Frank.

New this year, Frank, Colgate’s largest dining hall and infamous hangout spot, is open 24/7. Whether eating ice cream with friends or working with classmates on a group project, Frank really is the place to be.


Talking about the weather helps you make friends.

My tour guide mentioned this while standing outside of Case Library on a chilly October day while looking out at Taylor Lake. It’s true – bonding with others about the weather has helped me make some of my closest friends. Just make sure you come equipped with a winter jacket and snow boots!


Over 90% of students use Career Services.

When I toured Colgate, I was surprised and impressed by this number. But fast forward a year, and I know firsthand that Career Services is one of the most useful and utilized buildings on this campus. If you’re surprised, as I was, check out the Colgate Center for Career Services’ incredibly comprehensive website. Don’t know how to write a cover letter or make a resume? Google “Colgate University Cover Letter” or “Colgate University Resume.” Life. Made.


Having a strong alumni network is an incredible resource to students.

Being able to participate in A Day in the Life as a first-year and finding jobs and connections through LinkedIn, NaviGate and other premier Liberal Arts sites has been invaluable. Colgate alumni have helped me immensely when it has come to networking online and in-person and expanding my horizons when looking for jobs and internships. Additionally, if you’re wearing Colgate gear off-campus, it is very likely that an alumnus will come up to you and introduce themselves. The community extends far beyond the 2,872 students currently enrolled.


The tradition of the number 13 is HUGE.

Walking up the 13 stairs to the second floor of Alumni Hall (and breaking a sweat) and celebrating Colgate Day (Friday the 13th) with friends over s’mores while decked out in Colgate gear are all ways in which the number 13 is a really big deal.


Colgate is beautiful.

While the campus is aesthetically gorgeous, the personalities and ideas of the students who attend are just as amazing inside. Come see what it’s all about!

Class of 2020: Now What? April Visit Days!

By Mara Stein '19 on March 28, 2016

Student Involvement

Exactly a year ago today, I opened my mailbox and saw it: the big envelope. Signed, stamped, sorted, and shipped, it had made its way to me after months of what seemed like ceaseless waiting. This was it—I was accepted to Colgate.

But where did I go from here? Colgate had been my top-choice school for some time, and I felt fairly confident it was the right place for me. That being said, I always had trouble pinpointing this confidence. Having never been on a formal tour, I could not describe what it was that made me fall in love with Colgate one summer Sunday. So though my acceptance made me ecstatic, I still experienced twinges of uncertainty when it came to making a final decision.

However, after attending an April Visit Day, I felt these qualms disappear. The people and programs that made up my day at Colgate truly exemplified the amazing, unparalleled community that exists here. From the moment I arrived on campus, current students’ spirit was tangible. These were people who not only loved their school, but also were genuinely excited to help others love it too. Instead of just repeating information I could find on Colgate’s website, the students listened to my interests and personalized my visit. At lunch and during panel discussions, they told me about clubs and classes I might enjoy, linking their experiences to my desires.

By sitting in on “The Middle East”, a class in Colgate’s Communities and Identities division of the core curriculum, I got to see firsthand how the professors also play a role in the Colgate community. The professor for this course made a point to welcome me to her classroom, and to provide background about what she would be discussing. I was treated not as a mere observer, but rather, as another student. That theme of inclusion is one that really defined my April Visit Day, and highlighted to me what makes Colgate so special. Everyone here is so different and unique, but together, we form a community that is enthusiastic, warm, and welcoming. Once I witnessed this fact in person, I was sure I was at the right college.

That brings me to you, the admitted students. As someone who felt uneasy, who continued to question despite my happiness, I cannot encourage you enough to visit Colgate (or visit again) and see what we’re about. The energy and spirit that permeate this campus simply do not translate online or through a letter; only at Colgate are they really palpable. Consider your acceptance an invitation to see what this community is like, and to imagine yourself as part of it. Finally, let me be one of many to say congratulations, class of 2020—we can’t wait to meet you!


April Visit Days are a full-day look into the Colgate experience, from academics, to extracurriculars and beyond. The April Visit Days for 2016 are Monday, April 4th and Monday, April 11th. If you cannot make it for either of those dates, we also offer Experience Colgate, a morning-visit program for accepted students, among other opportunities. For more information, refer to the admitted students page.

Religious Festivals at Colgate – Enthusiasm and Curiosity at Play

By Jake Pulver '16 on March 25, 2016

Religious festivals are a uniquely entertaining way to commemorate your faith, all while having the most fun of times. As a very involved Jew, I attend weekly Shabbat services frequently, and have celebrated the most important Jewish holidays in the Michael Saperstein Center. But there’s just something different about festivals.

As a member and former President of the Colgate Jewish Union board, I can attest firsthand to how much work goes into preparing religious services and meals. I have spent most of my Friday afternoons at Colgate cooking up Shabbat dinner for our guests, and have sat in many board meetings over the years, planning logistics for anything and everything that the Colgate Jewish Union does. Earlier this week, we celebrated Purim, a holiday unlike the others. While we do read an ancient text (the Megillah), we also commemorate the holiday by eating special cookies called Hamantashen, wearing costumes, using noisemakers, and generally being merry. While on most occasions, our board members are busy doing everything necessary to ensure our events run smoothly, this was a time where we delighted in the commandment to sit back, enjoy, and revel in the holiday with each other.

While the costume-ladden Jews in attendance brought a bundle of enthusiasm with them, we also welcomed students of all faiths to observe and participate in the festival. And come they did. At Colgate, students are exposed to all different ways of thinking and living. For the religiously curious, our celebration of Purim served as an opportunity to experience a phenomenon that they may not otherwise be able to see. And surprisingly, the non-Jews in the building made up a large portion of the students celebrating with us. Whether they were religion majors, or friends of Jews, the attendance shows the genuine intrigue with all of the modes of life that the world has to offer, a feeling that’s mutual among Colgate students.

Colgate Holi

One festival that students might be more familiar with is Holi, the Hindu festival of colors and sharing love. While some students might be satisfied seeing pictures of the ceremony in countries around the world, Colgate students do what they can to emulate the festival. Come our celebration for Holi (slightly behind the actual festival), students of all faiths will go to Whitnall Field and splash each other with striking shades of color. Pictures don’t do the event (and the mass of paint-splattered students) justice. And while most students are curious to see what getting paint thrown on them is like, there’s more than that. Prior to the colorful display, students are treated to an Indian meal, and get to hear from Hindu peers on Holi’s significance.

Just like with performances, sporting events, and academic presentations, Colgate students take religious festivals as opportunities to share the funner sides of religion with the greater community. We take pride in observing all of the holidays and going to all of the services that we do, but when it comes to festivals, we celebrate and give others a chance to see what it’s like.

Welcome, Colgate Class of 2020

By Contributing Writer on March 18, 2016

Today we celebrate. Congratulations to the newest members of the Colgate Class of 2020 whose admission decisions were mailed today.

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Colgate Washington Study Group: A Great Off-Campus Experience Right On The East Coast

By Bryan Dewan '17 on March 9, 2016
Colgate Washington Study Group

Photo via Caitlin Giligan ’17

If you’re a prospective student, you’re probably thinking about attending a school that offers a superior off-campus study experience.  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Colgate is nationally recognized for its off-campus study programs, with almost two-thirds of our students participating in a semester-long program during their time at Colgate.  It’s true, Colgate’s off-campus study programs are awesome, and there’s something here for everyone.  Colgate sponsors more than twenty Colgate Study Groups, which are academic programs led by our own professors.  Want to study history in London, or international relations in Geneva, Switzerland among your peers?  You can do that at Colgate.  If you can’t find a study group that interests you, we also have more than 110 approved programs to choose from.  Want to study geology in Turkey?  I have a friend who did that.  Want to study politics in Scotland?  I have a friend doing that as I type this post.  Even if you aren’t able or interested in committing to a full semester off-campus, one of our many extended study options can provide you with the global education that you’re looking for.

But what if you don’t want to go abroad for your study abroad?  Well, Colgate has that covered, too.  While we have a few options for domestic programs, I’d like to take a few moments to highlight the virtues of the program that I am on now, the Colgate Washington Study Group – oldest of its kind in the nation.  Started in 1935, the Colgate Washington Study Group has established an esteemed reputation as one of the finest of such programs in the country.  Since the group has been around for so long, and since our students are given the tools to thrive wherever they go, we’re able to make the most out of our experience and do things many other students wouldn’t normally have the chance to do.

The nuts and bolts of the program include three rigorous political science seminars and a nearly full-time internship, for which you receive course credit.  As the program guide states, this provides for total immersion into the Washington political life.  We learn about government in class, then apply our knowledge in the real world of D.C. This year, my colleagues secured some pretty impressive internships.  My friends are working on Capitol Hill, in the State Department, in NGOs, for the SEC, and even the Supreme Court clerk’s office.  Colgate Washington Study Group students often find summer internships or even first job offers through these study group internships.

Besides class and work, you might be wondering what else goes on here.  Between touring to the White House situation room with a Colgate alumna who works for Barack Obama, to meeting Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in a local coffee shop, I can confirm that a lot of cool things go on here.  Only in Washington can you walk out of class and see John Kasich on the sidewalk, or catch a metro ride with a CNN reporter.  Only in Washington can you have lunch with one of Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy advisers.  Only in Washington does Al Sharpton come to visit your office.  Only in Washington can you grab Shake Shack in Union Station after class…but I digress.

I’m writing this post from D.C. At the moment, it’s nearing 9 o’clock on this Thursday evening.  You’ve heard some of the highlights from the past two months, but what did I do today?  Well, I woke up at 6:30 AM, took the metro to my internship at the Center for American Progress (CAP), and met up with a group of interns to prepare for a morning of Capitol Hill lobbying.  Our group visited members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to express our concern about filling the Supreme Court vacancy.  After that, I returned to CAP and wrote an article for a news website with eight million unique monthly visitors.  For the same website, I worked the Supreme Court beat the day before, reporting on the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt case before the court.

If this sounds like a great experience, check out the Washington Study Group, or any of Colgate’s great options, on our Off-Campus Study website.  Colgate has provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime.  I invite you to come visit campus to learn more about where your Colgate education can take you!

Exploring the Performing Arts at Colgate

By James Carino '16 on March 6, 2016

Cabaret Fall 2015

I have been incredibly lucky with my opportunities in performing arts at Colgate! I have been playing piano since the age of six, and knew that I wanted to extend my love of music into the college setting in whatever capacity I could find. Four years later, I could not be happier with what I have been able to do!

I began playing music here my first year, when some fellow students and I founded a jazz/funk band called N0 Standards. We originally started playing together for fun, but slowly, we began playing gigs downtown and campus events, such as the Senior Ball and the Mardi Gras celebration. Now, the band is extremely well known on campus, and students go out of their way to attend shows!

I am also heavily involved in the semesterly Cabaret show. I began accompanying the show on piano my freshman year, and have done it every semester since, serving as a director since my junior year. One of the things I love most about Colgate is not only the level of musical talent and enthusiasm that exists, but also the level of support for it from other students. I performed in my last Cabaret a few weekends ago at the Palace Theater, and the theater was full to capacity – people were standing in the aisles, sitting on the back stairs, and even watching from the balcony. It’s truly amazing to feel that much support and appreciation from the campus community, and we couldn’t do the show without it.

From my four years at Colgate, I can tell you that we care deeply about the performing arts, and take them to the highest levels possible. Be it the Colgate Dance Initiative pushing for dance in the academic setting, to our a cappella, chorus, and chamber music groups touring worldwide, we take an “anything is possible” approach with the performing arts. Just last night, peers of mine opened for our first ever performance-oriented Global Leader Lecture Series featuring Aretha Franklin. What other college students can say that they’ve shared a stage with the undisputed queen of soul? That is a testament to the incredible position in which Colgate puts its students to pursue performing arts.

I did not expect Colgate to have many musical opportunities, given that it is a small school that very often defines itself in terms of its academic and athletic achievements. However, I have found so much fulfillment in being able to continue my passion for music here with the most dedicated, supportive, and fun community of performers that I could ask for. It is definitely one of the things I will miss most about my time here.

Downtown Hamilton: The Transition From Big City to Small Town

By Caroline Hashagen '19 on March 2, 2016

shots of the village of hamilton showing the exterior of the colgate bookstore

Having grown up and lived in San Francisco my entire life, I am used to being surrounded by a city. Traffic and busy streets are part of my routine. Right as I walk out my door, there are numerous restaurants, stores, and places to visit. Initially, I thought that my urban background would require a college in the midst of a city, that I would want to spend my time adjusting not only to a school, but also to a surrounding city as well. However, as I began touring colleges, my view shifted drastically. I realized that self-contained schools situated in rural areas allow students the opportunity to participate in more on-campus activities, and there aren’t the same distractions that a big city offers.

Despite my realization that I preferred a more isolated school, I was still nervous about adjusting to a different environment. My first time at Colgate, during April Visit Days, the size of the town seemed somewhat limiting. However, my visit was short, and I only had the chance to visit one restaurant.


In August, I got the chance to fully immerse myself in life as a Colgate student and experience all that downtown Hamilton had to offer. One of my favorite weekend activities quickly became going to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday. The village green was transformed by dozens of tables offering fresh produce, vibrant flowers, and homemade snacks. It was a great opportunity to get off-campus and have fun in town while also seeing all the goods that the surrounding area produced.

Despite the small size, Hamilton has quite a few restaurants to dine at. On weekends, and occasionally during the week, I love heading downtown with friends to grab a meal. While I was initially worried that the food offerings wouldn’t be very diverse, there are many cuisines to choose from. La Iguana offers fresh Mexican food, Royal Indian Grill has great Indian food, N13 serves fresh noodles and pho, and Hamilton Whole Foods prepares healthy vegetarian fare. There is also No. 10 Tavern to satisfy burger cravings, and the Hamilton Eatery has an extensive menu of salads and sandwiches.

Downtown Hamilton

In addition to food, there are several boutiques to shop at, and of course the Colgate Bookstore. I’ve had a good time browsing the large selection of Colgate apparel and gifts while stopping in to pick up my textbooks. The Hamilton Movie Theater is also a fun outing and they are constantly screening new movies. They even had a showing of the newest Hunger Games the day before it came out. Colgate also provides entertainment downtown, and I’ve loved heading down to the Palace Theater to watch students perform in the Cabaret and other shows.


Contrary to my initial ideas about attending college in a small town, the size of Hamilton has many benefits. Without the distraction of a big city, and with so many events on campus/in town, people are motivated to stay and experience all that the Colgate campus, and Hamilton, have to offer. This results in a more tight-knit community and town.