My Year at Reynolda

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My Year at Reynolda

This week, CurateReynolda welcomes a guest post from Marketing & Communications intern Betsy Hicks.

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My name is Betsy Hicks and I am a senior at Wake Forest University studying communication and journalism. I’m also blessed to have been the Marketing and Communications intern for Reynolda House for the past academic year.

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I have always loved art and considered myself a creative person, but in my college years I found that my studio art skills were lacking and my love of media studies was just too strong to ignore. Rather than study art full time, I decided to set the practice and appreciation of art aside as a hobby. My year at Reynolda House has changed that, though – it has allowed me to combine my love for art and my passion for writing into one perfect career.

My time at Reynolda House has renewed my belief that one great piece of art can change your day, your mood or your perspective, and I have personal experience to attest. In my last week in the office, I walked out of our historic bedroom-turned-office and saw something new: a different lithograph hanging on the wall opposite the stairs. The piece, James Rosenquist’s On the Continental Divide, is graphic, colorful and unexpected. Seeing it for the first time startled me, and it reminded me to be aware of my surrounding because beauty is everywhere, especially at the House.

As I prepare to graduate, I have so much to reflect on and be thankful for: an incredible, supportive family, wonderful friends, challenging academics and unforgettable experiences. My list would be far from complete, though, without Sarah Smith, Trish Oxford, Emily Santillo and Reynolda House. These women and this House have given me the greatest gift one can give to an uncertain, soon-to-be college graduate: direction.

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My year at Reynolda House has pointed me square in the face of museums and art, and I could not be more excited to get started.


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