Merrimack resident challenges fellow grads to seize opportunities

"When we didn’t know where to turn, when we thought that we were not at our best, UNH Manchester was there for us," senior Kristin Boelzner said during her address at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s honors convocation on May 17.

"It has given us a place to put down roots and make lasting friendships. It has given us somewhere to open our minds and expand our knowledge. And most of all, it has given us a place to belong."

Boelzner, an English major, addressed nearly 200 people at the event, which celebrated the academic achievements of more than 70 students.

As a University Scholar and the recipient of the English Program Award and English Program Scholarship, Boelzner’s commitment to learning is evident. But it is her contributions to campus life that have made her emblematic of the close-knit UNH Manchester community. In her four years, Boelzner has formed student clubs, mentored new students and assisted in the marketing, student services and student development offices – applying enthusiasm and integrity to every task.

Boelzner, a Merrimack resident and alumna of Manchester West High School, applied the same enthusiasm to her honors convocation address, challenging her fellow graduates to "reach higher and push further."