Senior Spotlight: Patrick Hollander

By Jorge Ramirez (TheLorian)

  • Why did you choose to come to Loras?
    • I came to Loras because I wanted to continue pursuing my athletic career in college. Loras was offering a very good and unique opportunity to come onto a growing team while having a head coach who I was able to really trust. Additionally, I was interested in the academics, and what I was able to do in terms of Computer Science and Data Science. I also wanted to focus my studies on Sports Business. Overall, I’d say Volleyball was the element that brought me to Loras, but four years later, I’m glad to state that I have become a very well-rounded student-athlete who cares about much more than just playing sports. I’m ready for the next stage in life.
  • Out of everything you’ve been involved in, what was the most significant thing you’ve been involved in?
    • I would have to say the Volleyball team has been the most significant component. It has truly given me a sense of friendship, brotherhood, and family. Family is much more than a word for us. It means leaving your personal interests aside and focusing on the group as a whole. It represents the creation of lifelong friendships. The Volleyball team has given me enough reasons to believe I wouldn’t have been able to get this experience anywhere else.
  • How have you seen yourself change over your four years at Loras?
    • In high school I was a good student, but I never made enough of an effort to take that extra step trying to understand different topics while diving deeper into them. Loras College provided more than just fundamental learning. I became interested in Statistical Data, and this school setting gave me the tools to not only collect data while looking at it on a sheet of paper, but I now know how to make decisions based on the observations you make. I didn’t find a passion for these components before coming here. For example, I currently record all of my workout data, I work with a bunch of Volleyball data we collect in practice, and I can now use these tools to become a better version of myself. I have changed positively in that regard.  
  • What is some advice you would give to a younger student who is just starting their Loras journey?
    • I would not know what to suggest at the moment because we don’t know what’s going to happen with COVID yet. Nonetheless, I do think it is important to be open to meeting new people. As a first-year, I was very social and got to make many friends in a short period of time. As of right now, it is harder, but I would recommend people to try their best in order to connect with others through clubs and organizations, in class, and maybe even through Zoom. It is important to learn about others. Once everything goes back to normal, everyone’s experience will get a major boost.
  • If you had one word to sum up your Loras experience, what would it be and why?
    • Rewarding. I would use this word because Loras College has offered me a million things that I never expected to enjoy. This school made me realize what kind of person I want to be, and the man I want to become. I really do not think I would’ve been able to get this experience anywhere else. Hopefully, as an athlete, I’ll get to finish off my four years in Dubuque with a National Championship, which is what the team wants, and my ultimate goal here as a Duhawk.
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