Reviewing Cecelia Parks' ('14) list of accomplishments after two years at Hollins is a bit breathtaking. She spent Short Term of her first year interning in the archives of the Roanoke City Library. A first-year seminar paper she wrote, "Representing the Portrayal of Pilgrims in Elementary History Textbooks and the Myth of the Founding of the American Nation," was published in the inaugural edition of Papers & Publications, an interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research. She's been a standout rider for Hollins. She's in the Batten Leadership Institute's certificate program.
Oh — and she blogs for Hollins when she's not reading, baking, or contra dancing.
Here's how she described her first few days back on campus after a summer interning with the James Madison University library. The students she led through orientation are those in the first-year seminar class for which she serves as a student success leader (course title: God and the Ballot Box: Politics, Religion, and Ethics in an Election Year):
"It was a jam-packed six days, but hopefully all of the first-years are a little more prepared to successfully navigate their journey through Hollins now. I had a blast guiding my nine girls through the process of meeting professors, choosing classes, registering for classes, and discussing the common reading, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. My favorite part of orientation occurs on the first day. Everyone attends a program entitled "Road to Commencement." To get to their seats, all of the first-years have to line up on Back Quad, process through Main, and walk between two cheering lines of SSLs [student success leaders], RAs [resident assistants], O-team [orientation] leaders, and SGA [Student Government Association] Roundtable members. I love being part of one of those lines, almost losing my voice, and clapping so much my palms sting for an hour afterwards."
Hometown: Bridgewater, Virginia
Majors: History and political science