Hi! My name is Jack Holland and I’m a sophomore here at Virginia Tech in the Corps of Cadets. I am pursuing a dual degree in business finance and business management with a minor in leadership studies, as I work in conjunction with the honors college to earn an honors scholar diploma. I was born and bred in McLean, Virginia and have joyously called it home for the past 20 years.
I have been blessed to be a part of many of the wonderful organizations and experiences Virginia Tech has to offer, and I wouldn’t trade any for the world. First and foremost, I am a proud member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and in so have been given a platform to base the rest of my collegiate experience off of. Within the corps I am involved with recruiting staff, inspecting staff, and am a physical training instructor. I am always proud to represent the corps and am particularly responsible for doing so being that I was elected last spring to be the Cadet Member-at-Large for my class of 2019. I am also proudly involved with the Student Alumni Associates or “SAA” who are known as the 100 most spirited Hokies. I sincerely love giving tours to prospective students and families as a Hokie Ambassador and look forward to continuing to show off Virginia Tech and what it means to be a Hokie as I serve as an Orientation Leader this summer.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and friends, finding good books to read and better music to listen to, or doing just about anything outdoors. My experience and life has been particularly shaped by my family, friends, coaches and teachers; my involvement in my church, the Boy Scouts of America, and Relay for Life; and the many, many lessons I’ve learned through sports.
I hope to be a Keystone Fellow because as such I believe I might find a platform to better share my passions and beliefs with others as I continue to learn how to best help them find theirs. My collegiate experience has been so undeniably bettered through my journey towards being a better student of the many lessons life has to offer and I hope to continue that process through this reflection. While these lessons often take a great deal of time and dedication to truly understand and appreciate, it is an act well worth the effort. To have five of these lessons so succinctly outlined by the Aspirations for Student Learning to ponder, discover and understand is an opportunity I know I’d be remiss if I were to pass up. I’m learning that life isn’t all about the destination, it’s equally or more so about the journey, and in that light, no matter the decision, I know I will be the better for taking this opportunity.