Casandra Holbrook FYSM 1099 Dr. Traylor 10-19-15
Prompt #17
Abilene, TX, Oct. 20—Casandra Holbrook, a first-time freshman at Hardin-Simmons University, died in her dorm room late last night. She was 18 years old. Her death, at 9:55 P.M., was caused by an extreme amount of stress. With a tutoring session she had to host and her first midterm in what she deemed her most difficult class the next day, waiting to hear about her other midterm grades, and being tasked with writing her own obituary, it seems her heart and mind just could not take it any longer.
Casandra was born in St. Paul, MN and lived in St. Cloud, MN for five years before moving to Sahuarita, AZ for one year, back to St. Cloud for three years, and then moved to South Dakota, where she would call in her heart home until her death. She spent the first year in the state’s capital, Pierre, before moving to Box Elder for three years. Upon the final days of her 6th grade year of schooling, her parents decided to quit their jobs as a FedEx driver and in-home daycare-provider to travel full-time. Their first job was close by in Custer, in the Black Hills, though this fell through soon after. Shortly after another fall-out in Wall Drug, SD, they wintered in Rockport, TX, and then began to travel all over. The Holbrook family travelled to 30 states before finally building a house in Rockport.
While her first job was cabin-prep in the Wyoming summer heat at age 15, Casandra claims her first real job was her longest: crew member, and later trainer, at McDonald’s in Rockport. She worked there for 2 ½ years, with plans of returning during school breaks to continue working. Every penny she saved went towards her college education, which she paid for entirely on her own, aside from some scholarship awards for her ACT scores.
Casandra found enjoyment in nature, writing, reading, cooking, and spending time with her few friends. She wished to either be a journalist, author, or restaurant owner when she graduated from Hardin-Simmons, the only school she applied to. Always quiet, few people got to know the real “Cas”, but those who did could say she truly cared for those around her, and always tried to put others first. She was also co-founder and President of the newly developed creative writing club, “Quill’s and Ink Writers Guild.” Unfortunately, she passed before even the first meeting.
Casandra was survived by parents, James and Tanya Holbrook, younger brother, Collin, grandparents Ralph and Elaine Holbrook, and family pet dog, Zailey Grace.