To Jill Wright Donaldson '92, Hollins "set the stage early for lifelong learning. I learned how to push myself hard. I had a genuine sense that my professors really believed in me, and that helped me to believe in myself." The advisor for her chemistry major arranged a research project the summer before her senior year, “which took me to Princeton to work on a fantastic project at Mobil," and a biology professor suggested that she look into becoming a neurosurgeon.
She did just that, earning an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and completing a residency in neurosurgery. She currently works for Community Hospital in Indianapolis and holds several positions in quality assurance and operations for the network.
Jill enjoys a "healthy balance between work and hobbies and home," which she says Hollins helped her cultivate. "A women's college keeps some distractions under control. It is easier to stay very focused on your studies during the week and then go out on weekends, if you want to do so. There are fantastic outdoor activities and sports to keep students occupied and physically healthy."