Well, this is it. My thesis is turned in, I took all of my finals, and I am done with my undergraduate academic career. On one hand, I am very relieved that all of my work is done—it’s been a long year! However, I am sad that my Hollins career is coming to an end.
One of my biggest moments over the past few weeks was turning my thesis in. I have been working on my thesis since July, and it was a constant part of my life for the past ten months. I spent most of the last month furiously editing and revising to take the suggestions made by my advisors into account, and I turned in my final draft on Reading Day. I then proceeded to take the rest of the day off! The next few days were a bit tense, waiting to know the results of my readers’ deliberations. I found out at the beginning of this week that I was approved for honors by both departments! My thesis will eventually be available on the Hollins Digital Commons for anyone who is interested: http://digitalcommons.hollins.edu/.
Other than that, I spent finals week finishing up my last few classes and helping run the independent exam system. As a member of the Academic Policy Board, I was responsible for helping the chair set up, pass out, and collect exams that are taken independently. We were kept very busy making sure everything went properly, handing out exams three times a day and keeping track of all of them. We finished up all of that on Monday, and the semester was officially over.
All that’s left now is for me to enjoy all of the fun things planned for senior week! We had a lovely senior brunch, hosted by Alumnae Relations. There’s a carnival and a bunch of other parties and gatherings before everyone’s families arrive on Saturday. The weekend will be a whirlwind of rehearsals, celebrations, and ceremonies, culminating in commencement on Sunday morning. After commencement, my mom and I are packing up and moving me to Maryland! Training for my assistantship at UMD starts on Tuesday, so I don’t get much of a break, but I am really excited to start the next chapter in my life.
My four years at Hollins have been the best of my life so far. When I arrived as a first-year, I was unsure if I made the right choice in attending Hollins. I wasn’t sure that I would make friends, that I would be challenged academically, or that I would fit into the Hollins community at all. I was quickly proven wrong, and I never regretted coming to Hollins. These last four years have flown by in a whirlwind of papers, horse shows, travel, club meetings, and much more. I am incredibly sad that it is over, but I am so grateful for all of the opportunities my time at Hollins has allowed me.