This past Sunday was one of my favorite, tear-jerking, nostalgic events of the year: the Cultural and Community Banquet. If ya’ll have been keeping up with my blogs this year, you’d probably recognize that I became very active in CCE this year. As president of Sandusky, chair of S.H.A.R.E., and G.I.A. treasurer, the department has become an integral part of my Hollins experience. In fact, this year I helped put the event together on the day-of. Though CCE– otherwise known as “The Chapel”– had been working tirelessly to organize the event for quite a while, Andie, Suprima, and I helped out on the last day putting up decorations!
Students were honored for their commitment to the department and some even received awards for their dedication. One of my favorite events of the night was watching the dance that the Praise Dance team put together to honor the seniors.
I was honored to speak on my Jamaican Cultural Immersion experience, along with the other CCE commitments I noted.
The past part of the night, though, was undoubtedly when the seniors went up to the podium and honored the mentors who have helped them throughout Hollins.
One of the wonderful things about the small community at Hollins is that you interact so richly with many of the same people throughout your time that it is very difficult not to recognize the very visible, and sometime the hidden ways, that you’ve changed. This year at Hollins has been a quite dynamic and exciting, though at time stressful year for me. I was really pushed to my margins by trying out new leadership and academic styles and experiences. I made great friends and strengthened the ones I already had. I think it’s safe to say that, sophomore year in particular, I really grew as a person!
Another awesome end-of-the-year Hollins event is Cotillion. Our spring dance this year was held at the Roanoke Country Club. We had a great time doing some much needed stress-relieving dancing, getting to know new people, and of course: avoiding homework! =P
This Wednesday was the annual Honors Convocation, which I genuinely enjoy attending even if I don’t get any honors. I love learning about the accomplishments and advances that my fellow Hollins women have made– it gives you a great sense of Hollins pride! This year, though, I was incredibly honored to receive the upperclassman economics department award/scholarship. I was very sad that I couldn’t make it to the event since I had a summer job interview lined up at the same time (wish me luck!) Today, though, the econ undergraduates will be having dinner with the professors so I should find out a little bit more about the honor that I received =P.
Now I have to get back to studying for finals! Keep up with me… =)