Biology major Molly Budd '15 loves the cooperative spirit of Hollins' science classes. “While they are challenging, all of the students in the classes are always willing to help each other out and work together,” she says. "At other schools I'd visited, science classes had a more competitive side," instead of the encouraging environment she finds at Hollins. All of her classes, inside and outside the science department, have "made me more confident in myself and allowed me to grow and learn more about myself. I have gained better communication and problem-solving skills."
As a result of her science training, Molly has been able to secure three lab internships and says she "felt well prepared, as being a science major at Hollins gives you a good knowledge base, but also requires you to think critically about what you are doing and problem solve." Last summer, she was accepted into a highly competitive research program at the University of Pennsylvania, and during the 2014 J-Term she was awarded a signature internship with the laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
This spring term, Molly is studying on the Hollins Abroad-London program. "The classes are exciting and give you the opportunity to learn more about London, while also allowing you to take part in field trips and attend theatre productions," she says. Also while there, she is "working in a University College of London laboratory at the Royal Free Hospital, which specializes in protein crystallography as well as microbiology."
—Becca Rowe '14