Anyone who has had a conversation with me (even once!) knows how much I adore my alma mater, Colby College. Located in central Maine, Colby is a small liberal arts college with about 1,800 students (all undergraduates). I truly believe that my time there helped me become a more confident person and allowed me to discover my passion for writing and education.
While I certainly appreciated our academic curriculum and wasn’t drawn to schools that promoted more of a preprofessional focus, Colby definitely didn’t have all of the creative opportunities that larger schools oftentimes boast–when completing a journalism internship in New York City with other college students, I was amazed to learn how many schools had their own campus magazines, for example. I was very involved in our student newspaper and we kind of had a magazine that featured student contributors and was primarily for admissions purposes, but it wasn’t the same. Yet while our school was small and didn’t offer programs such as journalism, fashion, hospitality, etc., tons of my fellow alumni have chosen to explore creative pursuits, and I’m here to share four Instagram accounts that belong to fellow Colby grads (they’re all must-follows!). So proud to call these ladies fellow alums, and so excited to continue to see their accounts grow.
1) @cookbookish_ I met Cole in one of my sociology classes and we continued to overlap through many of our extracurriculars. Cole is now a teacher in New York City, and her account features tons of simple recipes geared toward teachers who want to eat right but don’t have tons of time for prep. All of her meals look so delicious (and healthy!) and I admire how creative she is (seriously, even when she’s just featuring a sandwich, it looks a million times better than any sandwich I could ever make!).
2) @wearsthatfrom I didn’t know Ankita personally, but I came across her account last fall (how witty is her handle?!) and love it. All of her pictures make me want to live a glamorous life filled with tons of travel, haha. If you need some style inspiration, this is the account for you.
3)@wiz_kaleifa Likewise, I didn’t know Molly in college but discovered her account awhile back. Another healthy NYC foodie, Molly features tons of gluten-free and lactose-free eats that still look DELISH. I think it was through her account that I first heard of ByChloe a few years back–so glad I finally had the chance to try it in June!
4) @bossladiesmag Chelsea was the year above me at Colby and managed all things blogging and social media for our student newspaper, so I already knew how talented she was in this area (not to mention, she’s probably one of the best writers there is and I’m constantly moved by all of her work). She has truly achieved #girlboss status through her online magazine, which she founded a few years back. Her feed is so perfectly curated and full of inspo, and she’s gained an amazing following!