Holly Roark

Holly Roark is one of those Appalachian State University students that came and never left! Falling in love with the High Country when she first came to Boone she still feels blessed that she found a way to stay! Upon graduating in 1998 Holly and her now husband started looking for land to build a homestead. While this was going on they married started having children and Holly started a masters degree in community counseling at ASU. Taking the slow road toward completing her master's degree Holly also taught dance at ASU as well as the Boone area while mostly staying home with her children. There was a lot of tag teaming with her husband! By the time she finally graduated in 2006 with an emphasis in body-center therapy and counseling college students her and her family had a thriving homestead just outside of Boone, NC where they also teach workshops in "living off the land".

Holly has a deep passion for finding one's own truth and it seems natural to her that she should be teaching FYS which incorporates both her love of teaching and her love of guiding college students. Combining her studies with her own living experiences Holly's goal is to help each student find her/his truth within while navigating the constant stream of information and misinformation coming in. Holly believes in experiential learning so the students find themselves engaged in self-study projects and creating their own inquiries into topic to help stimulate class discussions. Both from bringing in guest teachers to offer a variety of topics and sending students on a quest of experience she helps students find what fits into their own lives to become thriving students that can continue into becoming thriving members of a community.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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