Hello Hollins!

Hello! I am Ashley Carr and I am so excited to be introducing myself as a new Hollins blogger! This is my first semester at Hollins University and as a Horizon student! Just a little about myself: I am 28 years old and just celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband, Drew. We were high school sweethearts and have been together since I was 15! We have a smart and beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Raleigh-Rae. Her fiery spirit definitely keeps us on our toes! I graduated with my associate’s degree at Virginia Western Community College this past spring and am beginning as a junior here at Hollins. I am a psychology major and I hope to one day be an at-risk youth counselor. Right now though, I am focused on my school work as well as all the things most non-traditional age students juggle including work, family, and a home to take care of. Finding that balance has been a challenge, but I am doing it one day at a time and sometimes just an hour and a half at a time!

I have only been at Hollins University for a few short weeks, but I can already say it has been amazing! First off, everyone on campus has been so friendly and encouraging, but the women who are a part of the Horizon Program are especially so. I have never met a kinder or more supportive group of women. They have all helped me truly believe that I can do this! I’ve even participated in some on campus events, like the Battle of the Bins. If you haven’t already seen it, you should go check out the Horizon’s bin outside of Pleasants. I’m proud to say I helped a few of my fellow Horizon sisters paint a beautiful beach horizon. Now everyone is awaiting this year’s Tinker Day. It has been awesome participating in all the Hollins traditions, and now that the leaves are starting to change, the campus alive with beautiful fall colors.

I can’t believe that this semester is just about half way over now, it has flown by! So far, so good! I have had a few tests and a couple of papers, and I am proud to say that I have remained on top of my school work! Ok, so maybe I could spend some more time reading, but with a house, husband, and rambunctious 4-year old to keep up with, some things inevitably get put off. The thing I struggle with most is time management. We are unfortunately down a car at the moment, so that leaves me as chauffeur on top of all my regular responsibilities. First thing in the morning I drop off my daughter and husband, then come straight to Hollins for my work study job in the Horizon office. Then I have class all day until around 4:30 pm, when it is time to go and pick everyone back up. After that, depending on the day, I have grocery shopping to do, ballet lessons to take Raleigh-Rae to, dinner to make, laundry to do, vacuuming, cleaning, walks for the dogs, bedtime routine for Raleigh-Rae. etc. Finally around 8:30 pm I have a chance to sit down, and there is usually no way I feel like getting started on reading or homework. So if you see me around, I will probably have my nose shoved in a textbook, trying to make up for lost time. By the way, the Wyndham Robertson Library is amazing! Definitely my new home away from home! Although, I absolutely love the oldest buildings at Hollins. They are so grand and beautiful and make me feel as if I’ve stepped back in time! I can’t help but think about all the women throughout the years who have gotten a wonderful education here.

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