Written by Lorin Brice Hall
Allie Holmes is someone who has worked hard to make the most out of their Roanoke College experience. This Senior with a major in Sports Management has loved her time here at Noke and told the Brackety-Ack that she’d always remember that Dear Old Roanoke Served Her Well. Allie has been able to gain some working experience in the world of sports as she has worked with the Roanoke College Inter-Murals department since her Sophomore Year. She has worked her way up the ladder and is now a Supervisor. Allie can often be seen working the games accompanied by her handsome Golden Retriever Dempsey. Besides working with Inter-Murals Allie has also proudly represented Roanoke College to potential students as a Tour Guide. The Admissions Department hired Allie when she was a Freshman.
Allie’s been a busy Maroon with all her jobs and classes but she has not let that stop her from having an active social life and making lifelong friends. In the Fall Semester of 2017, her Sophomore Year, Allie went Greek and rushed Chi Omega. She’d actually like to give a quick shoutout to Maggie Baker and all of her Chi Omega sisters! Allie is also the Sweetheart of the Alpha Xi Pledge Class of Pi Lambda Phi.
When asked what class that she has taken at Roanoke College that Allie would say has impacted her the most she quickly answered Advanced Principles and Practices of Sports Management. When asked about what her favorite place to grab a bite in the area was she answered the Scratch Biscuit Company. Allie’s favorite Professor is Dr.Sharon Gibbs. These people and places have made Allie’s experience here special.
One of the reasons that the Brackety-Ack was so keen to interview Allie is because she is leaving the nest of Noke a little bit early. She is one of those brave students who is graduating a semester early, she’s a December graduate. When asked to comment on her decision this is what she had to say. “When I realized that I had the credits to graduate early, I was originally against it. Like who would actually be ready to be an adult in 3.5 years… but then I thought some more and got really excited about all of the possibilities out there. So once I graduate I’ll be starting a position as a Coordinator of Partnership Services with Learfield IMG College, a huge company that has roots in over 200 DI and DII colleges across the country. I’ll be at the University of Memphis and I couldn’t be more excited to start this new chapter!”
When asked to comment on what Roanoke has been for her Allie gave the Brackety-Ack this thoughtful quote. “Roanoke has been really great. I’ve met a lot of people here that have influenced who I am today. There have been so many memories that will always be in my list of favorites. Don’t get me wrong… there are a lot of things that I wish could have gone differently too. Honestly, studying abroad was the best experience that I could have ever asked for. Time away from campus actually made me grow up more than I ever could have done in the Roanoke College bubble, but it also made me grateful for the people around me. There is no way I ever could have made it through these last years without all of the people that had my back. I think that’s the best thing Roanoke did for me- give me a group of people that I know will always be there for me, whether I’m a couple hours away, an ocean away, or on another continent.”