J-Term Spotlight: Soccer

J-Term Spotlight: Soccer


At Hollins, students have the opportunity in between semesters during January Term (J-Term for short) to take part in an internship, a course that involves traveling, or take a seminar class on campus they might not normally take during the fall and spring semesters.

Student-athletes at Hollins University take part in the J-Term semester and Hollins athletics is highlighting a few of the amazing experiences our student athletes partake in. Today's highlight is on three members from the soccer team. Maya Sproelich, Audrey Haisley and Mackenzie Roberts.





Maya Sproelich a biology major from the graduating class of 2019 spent her J-Term interning at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is one of the nation's largest and most renowned military medical centers. The WRNMMC is 'comprised of over 8,500 dedicated staff members' and their 'vision is to serve military families and our nation's active duty, returning war heroes, veterans and our Nation's leaders.' (Information courtesy of http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/About%20Us/SitePages/Home.aspx)

Maya spent her internship observing physicians, residents and medical students. On her time at the WRNMMC Maya had to say, "This observational internship at WRNMMC has been a very educational and interesting experience. I have been able to observe surgeries, attending physicians, residents, medical students, as well as patients in the Emergency Department. It has been satisfying to contribute to the care of patients by researching possible diagnoses for their medical conditions. I am looking forward to more opportunities in the medical field."















Audrey Haisley from the 2018 graduating class is majoring in French and Gender & Women's Studies. Her J-Term internship was at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia. Her work for the term included cataloging, appraising, and collecting artifacts from local Loudon County history. One of her projects included the collection of scrapbooks, minutes and newsletters from the Loudon County Extension Homemakers Club, which is a local women's club in Loudon County.

About her experience, Audrey said, "This J-Term has been an incredible experience. Not only has the work been challenging and engaging, but often times the subject is too small to google and I have to look elsewhere to find the who, what, when and why; because of this my analytical thinking skills and my research skills have all grown. It's really taken me out of my comfort zone, in a good way!"






Mackenzie Roberts a 2019 graduate majoring in History and minoring in Education and Political Science. She spent her J-Term on an independent research project for Professor Peter Coogan. Mackenzie's independent research project was on compiling a comprehensive list of Civil War Veterans who fought and died during the Civil War. Information on each veteran she gathered for her project included but was not limited to: name, age, where they were born, dates of their enlistment, rank, when, where and how they died and the company and regiment they were assigned to. With the information she gathered she mapped the location, cause of death and where the men are buried if their gravesite is known. 


About her independent study in Barnstead, New Hampshire, Mackenzie said, "Hollins is amazing to offer students an opportunity to take time to conduct research for a project they have real interest in working on. It's a unique experience, one that is helping establish my own research style and allows me to explore a subject I am very passionate about. I wouldn't want to be spending my J-Term doing anything else."




Thank you to Maya, Audrey and Mackenzie for sharing your J-Term experiences and Go Green!  

More information on Hollins University and our J-Term is available here!