I was 17 when I blindly accepted my offer to attend this university; I had never set foot on campus, had no idea what a Hokie was, and never once in my life thought that I would answer this question with “I am”. Something drew me to Blacksburg, Virginia, and the moment I first crossed Drillfield on a cold, rainy February afternoon, I knew I had found my home.
I want to specifically thank The Collegiate Times for bringing me to their home. I made some of my best friends and so many production memories in the newsroom from this journal. I had no idea how much being a part of this staff would change my life, but I’m so happy that has changed.
It’s been four years now; I have grown so much since those days, and looking back, I know I made the best decision of my life by clicking “Accept”. As I leave here, I know it’s not a farewell, but see you soon. For those of you who won’t be graduating this spring, I want to leave you some tips:
Live “Ut Prosim” every day. You will always have the opportunity to do something for someone else, and you should always take the opportunity to give back to the community you live in. No matter if you think it is small or insignificant, you should take the opportunity to give back to the community you live in. this community which gives us all so much every day.
Say yes to anything that is reasonable. Remember not to burn yourself out, but if you have the time and energy to try something new, don’t hold back because of the fear. I entered college with that mindset and that’s how I became a ROSE rep, got involved in The Big Event and found The Collegiate Times which led me to make the closest friends and have the most fun.
Connect with everyone. The people of this campus and this city – faculty, faculty, staff, students, alumni, residents – all have incredible stories to share. Hear their stories and share yours.
Since entering campus, the experiences I have had, the lessons I have learned and the people I have met have shaped me into the best version of myself. Get involved while you are here and go out of your way to try something or meet someone new; who knows? This moment could change your life.
Every second I’ve spent in Blacksburg has been so wonderful, and while leaving here is bittersweet, I’m so excited for what the future holds. Live “Ut Prosim”, reunite with your Hokie family while you are here, and I will leave you one final piece of advice: seek good in everything and do good for everyone.