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Alumni Spotlight Hanna Jerome '18 | Women's Cross Country/ Track and Field

  • NAME: Hanna Jerome
  • CLASS OF: 2018
  • SPORT: Women's Cross Country/ Track and Field
  • EVENT: Mile and 800m
  • COACH: Ellen Hull
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Art and Hispanic Studies double major

Why did you choose Hamilton?

From my first visit on the Hill, it was very clear to me that Hamilton offered the academic, athletic and community experience that I was looking for, in addition to the beauty and charm of Clinton, New York.

How did being a student-athlete help you in life?/What did being a student-athlete teach you?

Being a student-athlete taught me how to balance my time and that the toughest goals to accomplish are always the most rewarding. All of my personal best runs and records happened during my Senior seasons, and it meant so much more knowing that they were the result of four years of incredible hard work. At the same time, as a student-athlete I learned that small moments are just as important as larger milestones. Although I look back at my running career and am extremely proud of my accomplishments, what really brings me great joy are my team memories— long bus rides, locker room hangouts after practice, post long-run Commons dinners. I continue to apply these lessons by working hard on all of my work outputs, and enjoying the process it takes to get there.

How did Hamilton prepare you for your future?

I would not be where I am today without my Hamilton education and experience. Hamilton has enabled me to think critically and creatively, understand and listen to all perspectives and comfortably present information to larger groups.

What is your most memorable sports moment(s) at Hamilton?

My most memorable Cross-Country race was running at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships in Elsah, Illinois. The weather that day was a running nightmare, but I couldn’t have asked for a better race to cap off my XC career.

What is your favorite moment(s) at Hamilton? (non-sports related)

Fall Cider Mill donut runs.

What do you miss the most?

The convenience of having friends all in the same place. What was once a short walk across campus now requires long distances traveled to reunite with my friends.

Where are you now? (career, location, family, etc.)

I am a Cultural Strategist at sparks & honey, a consultancy in New York City that helps organizations understand and take advantage of rapid cultural changes in the world.

What advice would you give to current student-athletes?

Hamilton is truly the most special place. Be sure to celebrate all your successes as they happen and take advantage of the opportunities and resources that you have on campus. The four years go by way too quickly!