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If there is one term that every Connecticut College student knows and lives by, it’s “Camel Moment.” A student’s Camel Moment is the first time they felt like they truly belonged in the Conn community–a happy memory that cannot be replaced or forgotten. Here are some of our Her Campus members’ most treasured Camel Moments:

Coming from California, I was worried about how to handle the major snowfalls and drops in temperature in the winter season. But this February, we had a blizzard that covered our campus in a white blanket of snow and I ended up having so much fun that weekend! I had one of my Camel Moments outside on Tempel Green on that Saturday afternoon when my teammates and I were having a snowball fight, sledding down the hills, and walking waist-deep through the snow. That moment showed me how much fun we could have together, even if our hands and faces were freezing, and I got to experience a real New England winter!

– Maria Sell ‘23 

What makes Conn special to me is the sense of community and the support Camels provide one another, whether it be a happy, sad, or frustrating moment. My Camel moment happened this semester at our water polo championships after a frustrating season. Though we had only a few wins, our team put in the work to improve and kept a positive attitude throughout our losses. Our star player (and my best friend on the team), Maria Sell, was awarded MVP of the East after a good fight against the opposing team, Penn State Behrend. Seeing how our team lit up with pride for Maria was my Camel Moment because it showed that you don’t have to win at Conn to be celebrated, you just have to try your hardest. 

– Kendall Foley ‘24

When I arrived at Conn in the fall of 2020, I had to quarantine for two weeks. That meant only leaving my room for food and walks, and no one to talk to besides my roommate and the occasional call home. During those first two weeks, I had no idea that, one month later, I’d be performing in a production, in the midst of a global pandemic. My Camel Moment was acting in the alumni-written play Seven Twenty-Five. Although we performed outside and in masks, we were pretty much the only college campus in the country doing live theater. It quickly became clear to me that, despite everything, camels persevere. 

– Lara Beckius ‘24

Kendall Foley

Conn Coll '24

Kendall Foley is a sophomore at Connecticut College majoring in Philosophy and pursuing a Pathway in Data, Information, and Society. At Conn, Kendall plays for the women's water polo team and is an intern in the Office of Student Accessibility Services. In her free time, you can find Kendall open-water swimming, baking, or spending time with her family.
Maria Sell

Conn Coll '23

Maria (she/her/hers) is a junior at Connecticut College studying American Studies and Sociology and is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves getting to play on the Women's Water Polo Team with her teammates here and enjoys reading, baking, and coaching water polo outside of school!
Lara is a sophomore at Connecticut College, where she is pursuing a double major in environmental studies and economics with a minor in dance. Her interests include choreography, sustainability, the performing arts, and conservation.
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