Your Stories

The Colgate experience creates bonds that transcend generations. Celebrate Colgate at 200 Years by sharing your experiences via the prompts below. Then, let your love for alma mater swell.

Because if there's anything I learned there, it's that I can write essays, work 12 hour days, teach and interact with wonderful people, and run half marathons on the weekend.”

Silvia Bobeica, Class of 2013

The singular teaching influence was ‘inquiry’: the openness to ask questions, encouragement to engage in respectful dialogue across differences, and ample space given for ‘not knowing’ but sharing the journey of self-reflection and self-knowledge acquisition.”

Michael A. Koplinka-Loehr, Class of 1979

Not only was [Professor Helene Julien] a phenomenal instructor due to her expertise in the French language, culture and history, but she was also able to infuse nuances of real world issues and questions into the work that we did.”

Chimebere Nwaoduh, Class of 2015

In 2019, Colgate will achieve carbon neutrality, a milestone in sustainability efforts. What is a goal you have for Colgate's future?

As the semester kicks off, students are scrambling to get their books for class. In your Colgate experience, what was the most influential book you read or discovered, and how did it influence you?

The 2017–2018 season in Colgate athletics was one of historic success. What is your favorite athletic tradition or event, past or present? Share a related personal memory.


48 this year
25 this month
Top 13 Participating Classes
4 Class of ’19
4 Class of ’79
4 Class of ’10
3 Class of ’59
2 Class of ’60
2 Class of ’18
2 Class of ’06
2 Class of ’85
2 Class of ’70
2 Class of ’74
2 Class of ’01
2 Class of ’15
2 Class of ’67

More stories from the celebration

Tell us about a faculty member whose instruction, guidance, or mentorship has had a significant personal or professional influence on your life. What was the impact?

Over the summer, Colgate opened its newest facility, Benton Hall, as a home for programs to aid students in preparing for their futures. What influence has your academic experience at Colgate had on your career trajectory, or career plans?

The Clifford Gallery exhibition The Hill Envisioned: What Might Have Been — What Might Yet Be by Professor Bob McVaugh and his students explores the history of Colgate's physical campus. Tell us about a location on campus that has significant meaning to you, and why.