Emily Wood ’13 grew up "quite literally in the backyard of Hollins," she says. "I woke up to seeing the horses from the barn and President Gray’s house."
When the time came to select a college, she knew she wasn’t ready to leave home, in part because family members needed her help. "Hollins offered the academic vigor and the campus community I was seeking, as well as keeping me close to home," she says.
Along with majoring in international studies and in gender and women’s studies, she has taken advantage of nearly every opportunity Hollins offers, including club and organization participation, leadership training, study abroad, and internships.
She has twice served as a student success leader for first-year seminars. She chairs two student boards—for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Batten Leadership Institute. And during her senior year, she served on the Judiciary Board and Academic Policy Committee.
Emily spent the summer after her junior year studying abroad with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. And she’s also been a busy intern. Both experiences have been in New York City, and both have been hands on. During her junior-year Short Term, she spent the month with Holly Hendrix ’75, senior vice president of investments for UBS. Her senior year, she interned under the supervision of sponsor Courtney Chenette ’09 with Newman Ferrara, LLP, a civil rights, class action, and real-estate litigation firm.
"I wasn't sure what to expect coming into Hollins after high school," Emily says. "I didn’t expect that faculty would be so passionate about their teaching and their students’ education. I didn't expect that as a commuter student I would make lasting friendships with my peers. I didn't expect that I could sail halfway across the world and get academic credit for it, become passionate about leadership and women's issues, or experience phenomenal internships that would shape my career path. These were all welcomed surprises."