Where did November go? As quickly as the month was ushered in, it seems to have slipped away. This has been probably the busiest month in all of my time at Hollins. Luckily, I like to keep busy. November brought fall to Hollins, arguably the most beautiful season on campus. I think the entire campus had the realization that the semester is nearing an end. First-years no longer seem like new faces on campus and I’m trying not to remember that all of my senior sisters are almost a semester away from graduating.
Still, this month has brought so much joy! Hollins Activity Board had our Fall Formal at the beginning of the month. It was a fantastic event, hosted at the Taubman Museum of Art in Downtown Roanoke. I honestly did not think that any future event could be as beautiful as our Spring Cotillion last year, but HAB seriously outdid themselves in the execution of their most recent formal. Early on, I discovered the photo booth, which resulted in some strange, albeit memorable, photos.
I also got some exciting news in November: I will be interning for Estée Lauder’s global communication firm in New York City during J-Term! the Estée Lauder internship is one of the many alumni-sponsored competitive internships that students can apply and interview for through the Career Center. I’ve spent a lot of my month in the Career Center, having Ándrea proofread my resume, obsessively meeting with Ashley to ensure my interview outfit was “mature, but not too mature,” and just making excuses to come in so I can chat with Ms. Carolyn.
I also have been meticulously planning my next semester. I’m officially studying abroad in London next semester! I’ve been planning out my classes and making travel arrangement. It still doesn’t feel real.
And suddenly, Thanksgiving break crept up on me. Before going home to North Carolina, a few of my classmates and I went to Chicago to attend the American Model United Nations conference. Hollins represented the delegation of Spain and I sat on the Historical Security Council of 1994. HSC 1994 was particularly interesting because of the global topics we discussed: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Georgia, Haiti, Somalia. The entire council was a simulation of how the council would have functioned in 1994. We received news updates, wrote and debated over resolutions, and even had 1 am emergency meetings! As a self-proclaimed Model UN geek, I had a lot of fun.
I’m back at Hollins after a productive yet restful break. Exams are quickly approaching but I’m trying to soak in the remainder of this crazy, wonderful semester.