Holly is such a fun girl! We laughed a ton at her session and I loved getting to know her creative soul. Holly, best of luck to you as high school ends and a new future begins! Leave Holly a comment to help her raise money for the Starfish Initiative.
What are your favorite activities?
I’m a competitive dancer, so I love just about everything dance. My favorites are modern and contemporary. In the (little) spare time I do have, I love photography, reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. My Nikon is one of my most prized possessions and I’m a huge Sylvia Plath and Oscar Wilde fan.
What activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?
Competitive dance consumes most of my time, but I’m still involved with Spanish Club, GSA, National Honors Society, Freshman mentoring, and the DARE program.
Do you volunteer your time anywhere?
I do most of my volunteering through National Honors Society, so it varies quite a lot.
What do you do on a typical night out with friends?
I’m admittedly more of a homebody. I really just love to hang out with my friends at home in some comfy clothes and watch movies. But nail polish and face masks are a must, of course!
What type of music makes you get up and dance?
Because I’m a dancer, I can dance to just about anything. I’ve been known to break out some ballet combinations to some classical Tchaikovsky or some interesting contemporary number to a Florence + the Machine song. Although it is a rare occasion, I do get a little funky at times.
Who is your favorite band/music artist?
I love Dave Matthews Band, The National, Feist, Coldplay, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, David Gray, Jack’s Mannequin, and Modest Mouse. My music taste is all over the place.
What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?
Happy – Any musicals! My favorites are Moulin Rouge, Chicago, and Across the Universe / Cry – I’m not much of a crier, but I finally let it all out after watching The Notebook for the fifth time.
What TV show are you addicted to?
I really try not to watch television too much. But when I do, you know it’s going to be Dance Moms or So You Think You Can Dance!
Do you have a book you could read over and over?
The Great Gatsby
What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?
My mom is an excellent cook who makes all kinds of fresh and interesting food, so just about everything!
When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
I went between the polar opposites of being a ballerina and a lawyer for the longest time. But then I realized that I needed to balance my creative and logical sides for a more happy medium.
Who are your role models and why?
As horribly cliche as it sounds, my mother is my role model. She is successful because she is an attentive leader, which is a very rare combination. She can always communicate and empathize with people and they put a lot of trust into her. She’s so confident, self-aware, and open minded. She is one of a kind and there is truly no one else like her. I feel so lucky that she raised me the way she did.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I really hope to attend either Northwestern University or University of Michigan. I want to be a psychoneurolinguist and go into international consulting with branding and marketing. I want to be creative and communicate. I lived in Colombia during the summer, so I’m pretty proficient in Spanish. I hope to continue my studies and be bilingual so I can continue to travel around the world. Mainly, I just want to keep learning and meeting new people all my life.
What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?
I want people to remember that I was a genuine person who would talk to anyone. I do this thing where I try to give someone a really thoughtful, sincere compliment every day, so I hope some people took that to heart!
What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?
I really support tolerance and diversity because it’s important to see bigger things than yourself. I strive to be an example of that because that’s the change I want to see in the world before I die.