Spartans of UD: Chrissy Holmes

Nov 4, 2020

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people.

Chrissy Holmes, of Hazelwood, Missouri, is a senior majoring in computer forensics and security.

1. Why did you decide to major in computer forensics and security?

“I decided to major in computer forensics and security because I felt that this major would yield new experiences for me. I enjoy working with computers and seeing how things work but also working alongside the public. My major allows me to be hands-on with the software and hardware aspects, but it also allows me to be able to empathize and relate with those that are not familiar with computers. I wanted to destroy the stereotype that those who work with computers are antisocial nerds who sit in dark rooms and have no ability to interact with the outside world. Computer forensics and security allows for opportunities to work with law enforcement and those who rely on software security as well as to have and participate in interaction amongst society. This major will allow me to satisfy my hunger to defend against cyberattacks and criminals as well as to be able to work alongside my peers who offer other talents that complement mine. I hope to work alongside government agencies to stop cyber criminals or to protect multi-billion-dollar media companies. The possibilities are endless!”

2. Since ensembles are open to all students at University of Dubuque, you were able to join the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. What do you enjoy most about participating in those ensembles? 

“I enjoy the ability to sing and perform amongst raw talent. It is amazing to me how each and every one of us have come to the University of Dubuque with different life experiences and backgrounds, yet we all share the same amount of passion towards the arts. My fellow peers never cease to amaze me in all that they do, uplifting one another and showing compassion within the choir family. We praise achievements and cry together when we fall short, never once feeling out of place or alone. My confidence has soared immensely since joining thanks to my choir family and our amazing director, Kristen Eby. I have truly found an organization that works together to better ourselves as a whole. I would encourage everyone to join Concert Choir and feel the same love that I feel as a member.”

3. You are also a member of the Worship Team, which is responsible for providing worship leadership for Chapel and IMPACT. What have you learned through your time on the Worship Team? 

“One of the main things that I learned through my time as a member on the Worship Team is that leading worship is not the sole reason of why we come together. We strive in building strong relationships within ourselves as a team as well as with others within campus ministry. We brainstorm ideas on how to engage with others that do not share the same belief and how we can use our talents to make those on the outside feel welcomed. We do things together outside of practice and we confide in each other when we need that shoulder to lean on. The Worship Team has allowed me to look deeper into who I am as a person and how I interact with others. I enjoy being able to be unapologetically me and surrounded by people that love me for me.”

4. What advice do you have for other Spartans? 

“Participate in the events here on campus, sign up for organizations, hike the Mines of Spain, go walk by the Mississippi River! Your time at the University of Dubuque will fly by so quickly and you do not want to be left with the feeling of not experiencing all that this city has to offer!”

5. Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why? 

“My favorite spot on campus is the Student Cultural Center in the Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center. I chose this as my favorite spot because it offers an atmosphere of calmness and coolness when I need to study or just when I want a place of quiet. I love using the Keurig and sitting by the fireplace, watching the leaves change colors and my friends walk by. It is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of college life.”