Rider Sarah Brown '13 wasn’t sure what to expect when she transferred to Hollins from a large state institution. "I knew that Hollins' riding program was strong, but I was unsure how I would fit into it all since I had been doing NCAA Division I riding for the first two years of my college career," she says. "Everyone on the team as well as the whole school really welcomed me with open arms and made me feel right at home."
The political science major from Charlottesville, Virginia, is happy to have found a home the program. "My favorite aspect is the high level of instruction we get from each of the coaches and the friendships I have made the other women on the team," she says.
She’s also happy with the small classes at Hollins. "Coming from a very large, coed school it was amazing how much more comfortable I was to be a classroom of well-educated women than I was in my coed classes of 400 people at my previous school." Although she wasn’t sure how she felt about attending a single-sex school, she discovered that the "all-women’s aspect actually makes the classroom dynamics so much better."
Asked what advice she would give to someone who is thinking of coming to Hollins, she says she recommends "jumping into anything on campus that seems interesting to you. The opportunities are endless and every single person on campus wants to make sure you are the happiest and best you can be at whatever you are pursuing."
[Brown recorded the highest individual average and won ODAC Rider of the Year honors at the 2013 ODAC Equestrian Championships. She was also named to the All-ODAC Riding Team.]