After a summer on campus working Reunion 2014 and for Batten Leadership Institute, I was ecstatic to be able to welcome my friends back home.
I had a fairly relaxing summer – blissful stagnation compared to the typical helter-skelter of my schedule during school. Still, it is wonderful to get back into the swing of things.
This year, I am a junior (can you believe it? I frighteningly still cannot). I am also a Student Success Leader once again, this year for Prof. Ridley’s first-year seminar “Passion for Power and the Power of Passion.” The class is all about powerful Hispanic women throughout history, varying from La Malinche to Eva Perón, their plights to reach their goals, and the patriarchal societies that they defied. Besides being one of the best classes I’ve ever taken, I am blown away by how intelligent, eloquent, and profound the first years in the class are! The entire class of 2018 is very impressive – I am so excited that they are my sister class!
I’m going to be pretty busy this semester. I live in La Casa Hispanica (Spanish House). Once again, I am working at the Writing Center and tour guiding, but this semester I will also join the ranks as a Global Ambassador for International Programs. I am thrilled to have the position and hopefully share some of the wisdom I gleaned while in London with students hoping to study abroad.
As you may expect if you have been following my blog, I am most excited for classes! I am taking a handful: Latin American Politics; Principles of Microeconomics; Modern Hispanic Literature; Geopolitics; Global Communication and Media; Batten Leadership Experience Seminar; Model UN. I’m definitely sensing the convergence of my interests this semester – a beauty of liberal arts education. However, upon the realization that I am over half way finished with my bachelor’s degree, it’s challenging not to wish I could explore more of the classes that sound interesting to me: Novels We Should Have Read; Religion, Ethnicity, and Class; Symbolic Logic; The Beat Generation. A question I always get on tours is “what is the worst thing about being at Hollins?” and it is by far the fact that I cannot take every single class that looks interesting to me – there are too many! My list is always growing, but I suppose I always have next semester. :)
Still, I am so happy to be back with my peers and professors in this familiar, comforting environment. We recently celebrated Opening Convocation and First Step, so below are some pictures from that.
I am looking forward to a fantastic semester!