Being at Hollins is on the top of my list of things I am grateful for. Though I have not completed my first semester here, Hollins has become my home. Never before have I felt quite as comfortable collapsing into my authentic self as I do here. Even after my first day here, I felt entirely embraced by the community, a sisterhood that I was told about constantly but never truly believed existed until I felt it. All of my professors knew me by name by the second day of classes (which is no small feat given the countless ways in which my name Pah-VITH-rah has been butchered throughout my life).
I feel incredibly safe and supported here, but don't get me wrong—Hollins definitely pushes me to be the best version of myself, whether it's through the academic rigor, the strict Honor Code, or the vast amounts of encouragement to be a leader on campus. I see it as a necessary push, without which I could never learn how to fly.