Holly Mills


I will leave Meredith as a strong, independent, and experienced woman capable of leaving my mark on the world

Originally a social work major, she was inspired by convocation speaker Chris Jordan to pursue her passion for sustainability. So she changed her major to environmental sustainability – during her junior year.

She’d been intimidated by the prospect of upper-level science and math courses, but found that she thrived studying what she loved. And she enjoyed the challenge.

Holly Mills talks with Uncharted Play founder Jessica Matthews.Holly uses her strengths to encourage others to make sustainable choices. She was appointed the palazzo’s recycling guru while studying abroad in Sansepolcro, Italy. She advocates for sustainability on-campus as a member of Angels for the Environment. She delivered a presentation about sustainable food systems at Meredith’s TEDx event and researched the carbon footprint of commuter students.

Her reputation on campus as an environmental steward provided her with a big opportunity. When the sustainability-minded founders of Uncharted Play delivered the Fall 2013 Convocation, Holly was selected to introduce them. And that opportunity led to another – an internship with the company.

As a campus ambassador program liaison for Uncharted Play, Mills manages five students from around the country (including one from Meredith) as they spread the word about Uncharted Play on their campuses and in their communities.

Mills will graduate from Meredith in May – on time despite changing her major – and is looking forward to what will come next.

“I cannot wait to see all that 2014 will hold for me,” said Mills. “I will leave Meredith as a strong, independent, and experienced woman capable of leaving my mark on the world.”


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