For my last January term at Hollins, I devoted the month to working on my Honors Thesis for my International Studies major. My thesis, which is an examination of the themes of Bolivian president Evo Morales’ political rhetoric and its implications, has been a passion project of mine that developed throughout my undergraduate career. While the thought of producing such a massive text is often daunting, I recalibrate by reminding myself of how proud I am of my research and work. This project is more than a paper for me; it’s a reminder of how hard I have worked during my academic career at Hollins. This project, which I affectionately refer to as Thesis Baby, in some ways provides a denouement to the comprehensive and all-encompassing academic work I have completed while at Hollins.
While I have had a fantastic senior year, unexpected health issues cropped up by the end of the semester. Yet, as always, Hollins is an incredibly supportive place; I could not imagine a better place to be when unwell. Aside from working on Thesis Baby, I’ve spent January focusing on self-care and self-love. A pervasive trend amongst my generation is overworking oneself and making it seem effortless, but it is so unhealthy to do so. I’ve spent my J-Term dismantling those notions, focusing on whole body wellness and working to be the best version of myself.
I am so excited for my last semester to begin. I’m taking a number of classes that seem interesting to me: Survey of Spanish Literature; Social Marketing & Campaigns; Race & Media; Wisdom, Reason, Revelation & Doubt; Batten Leadership Capstone. I will again be working as a Writing Center tutor and as a Global Ambassador for International Program, but I will also be serving as President of Spanish House. In the same way my thesis provides a capstone for my academic work, my involvements this semester are positions I have cared deeply about during my 4 years here.
It’s bittersweet, knowing that I am approaching graduation and a post-Hollins life. It hits me in waves, carrying my clothes to the laundromat, or laughing with friends at 1 am in the kitchen, or hearing Lift Thine Eyes unexpectedly in Mona Lisa Smile: I so deeply love this place.
Here’s to a fantastic final semester…