Alumni Feature: Carly (Hoilman) Kashmanian (’15)
“I credit my time at King’s for solidifying the Christian values I was raised with, while also providing me with the courage to defend these principles in both the public arena of modern media and within the four walls of my own home.”
This fall, we connected with a number of young alumni from The King’s College to hear how they’re spending their time. How do they reflect on their years at King’s, and what has it looked like in practice for them to pursue the mission of shaping institutions? Read more alumni stories here.
Name and Graduation Year
Carly (Hoilman) Kashmanian, B.A. Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, December 2015
Wife and mother. Previously, I’ve worked in journalism and have edited for multiple outlets, including TheBlaze and Faithwire, and was a columnist at CatholicVote.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Right now, I am at home full-time with our two sons, Michael (4) and Neil (2), with Baby #3 due in late January. Raising my children is a lifelong dream realized, and though it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, I am so grateful that God has seen me fit for the task. I am never lacking activity or entertainment! We spend lots of time outside, exploring the 50-acre plot of land we share with my parents. We read throughout the day, from childhood classics like Charlotte’s Web and Frog and Toad, to Bible stories and books about bugs and things that go. I do everything with my children, so whether it’s a trip to the store or a “field trip” to nearby Valley Forge or Longwood Gardens, we try to make everything an adventure. My husband Spencer and I look forward to formally homeschooling our children as they grow and introducing them to the Great Ideas we were blessed to study at King’s.
How did your experiences as a King’s student (either in class or outside of it) give you a deeper perspective that you now use in your day to day?
I am indebted to my King’s professors for helping me to build a framework through which to view my life and work at every stage. Through their instruction, I learned that true wisdom cannot be obtained apart from virtue, or as Aristotle put it, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I credit my time at King’s for solidifying the Christian values I was raised with, while also providing me with the courage to defend these principles in both the public arena of modern media and within the four walls of my own home.
In what ways do you see your current work contributing to God’s restoration of the world (or whatever larger purpose you see yourself as part of)?
Again, to quote Aristotle, I seek to teach my children “the art of living well,” so that no matter what direction their studies lead them, they will be equipped to love and serve their family and community with conviction and purpose. This, of course, is only possible through plenty of prayer and support from a broader community of faithful friends and family who share our values. It truly takes a village!