Holly Rolleston


"I have two young children at home, so traveling long distances to attend school is not an option for me. I live in Queensbury and actually started my degree here, back in 2000. I have been busy being a mom and I work full-time as a bartender so that I could be home during the day with my kids. Now that they are both in school it has given me a second chance to come back and pick up where I left off.

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go into Criminal Justice. At 35 years old, I found myself with the same aspirations I had right out of high school and I realized it’s never too late to go after what you want. I have family members in the state police, but I want to be a probation officer.

I have two semesters left, and then I hope to transfer on to SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury to get my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

You take everything in as an adult; I’m doing this because it’s what I want to do, not because it feels like what I’m supposed to do. I have had to re-learn how to study and there are still times it can be a struggle, but I am enjoying school because it is where I am choosing to be. I want to be a good example for my kids and show them that it can be done."

Holly Rolleston
Police Science, Class of 2016