Holly B.

Undergraduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

As an individual with Cystic Fibrosis in pursuit of higher education, I would like to see more attention paid to mental health and resources put in place to assist with the career planning process among the CF community. The stresses of both college and a chronic illness are immense on their own. When the two are combined it can easily take a mental toll on students. Additionally, I often find myself struggling to choose a career path because I do not have a resource that understands both my CF and available career opportunities. In order to mend both of these difficulties, I believe counselors who have extensive experience with both college life and CF should be readily available in the CF community. These counselors could help those experiencing a mental burden cope with the combined pressures of CF and college. Also, the counselors would better understand the physical constraints a person with CF has who is in search of career opportunities. Not only would their physical constraints be considered, but the toughness, strong will, and countless other traits of a person with CF will be better understood in regards to a career search. Overall, I believe the community simply needs more people who thoroughly understand what it is like to balance both challenges and are prepared to assist students when exploring different avenues in their life with CF that higher education has opened up.


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Holly B.'s Achievements

  • Graduated from High School Summa Cum Laude with 4.67 GPA, 9th out of approximately 300 students
  • High School Tennis Team Freshman - Senior Years
  • Thomas H. Bernard Leadership Academy Teacher
  • Member of HOSA, BETA, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society and Elected Junior Marshall
  • Top Student in Honors classes: Biology, Health Team Relations, Algebra, Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Advanced Placement Psychology & English
  • Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle (NC) program
  • Dean's List each semester at the University of NC at Chapel Hill - Biology Major
  • "Volunteen" (Teen Volunteer) for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - 240 hours completed
  • Participant and Fundraiser for Great Strides for CF Walks since age 4
  • Volunteer at Local Food Banks, Senior Services Center and Humane Society