Abby McNulty ’16 chose Elms for a few specific reasons: “I love the small, close, family-like feel that Elms has,” she said. “I grew up in a very small town, and being at Elms makes me feel like I’m at home.”

If Elms is like a small town, then the Quad must be the town square. Abby, a native of Bedford, Mass., who has lived in O’Leary Hall for the past three years, has really enjoyed the new renovations to the Quad. “Entering Elms as a freshman, I had never experienced what a quad is like,” she said. “In the wintertime, it was so much fun to sit around the fire and spend time by the fire pit. This spring, it was so wonderful to be able to walk out of O’Leary and see so many students gathering to do homework, kick a soccer ball around or just lie out and enjoy the weather.

“Having this new space has brought the Elms community together even closer than we were before.”

She also chose Elms because she wanted to play field hockey. This fall, she will enter her fourth year on the Blazers’ field hockey team. Her position on the team has differed each season, but currently she is a midfielder.

“Field hockey has opened so many doors for me and taught me so many life lessons,” Abby said. “I joined the greatest family and gained so many sisters. Although it hasn’t always been easy to be a student-athlete, I cannot imagine going through school without playing. It is such a great outlet and stress reliever: After a long day in class, it is great to be able to go to practice or a game and do what I love.”

Academically, Abby has changed her major a few times, but in doing so she has gained a multifaceted perspective on the college. “All of the departments have been so helpful in guiding me in the right direction, given what I want to pursue for my future,” she said. “It is such a relief to know that I have such a great support system at school that wants to see me succeed.”

“I have found that the Academic Resource Center has been a great place to get extra help in any subject where I am struggling,” she added. “The students who work there are so prepared to help and are eager to see you succeed. ”

Abby’s ultimate goal after Elms is to work with special-needs students as a guidance counselor, so she is planning to apply to master’s programs. But she’s not ready to say goodbye just yet.

“I have had such a great experience here at Elms,” she said. “I still cannot believe that I am entering my senior year. I have met the most amazing people and have created lifelong friendships. In the three short years that I have been at Elms, I’ve seen so much positive change.  I’m so thankful for funding that brings new faculty to campus and new courses, broadening many majors — including my own. The new science building is so functional for all the science majors and could never have been built without continuous support from our alumni. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”