How to Survive the End of the Semester

There is only one full week of classes left in the semester. Then, a half a week. Then, final exams. Can you believe it? I can’t. I feel like this semester has gone by so much faster than normal, and it’s also been so much harder than the others. But I’ve made it this far, so what’s the point in giving up now? It’s time to power through the end of the semester, even if that means pulling all-nighters for the next two weeks. Here is some advice about how to survive the end of the semester that I hope I actually follow myself. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. I put this in all-caps so that maybe it will burn into my sub-conscious, and I’ll actually do it …. wishful thinking. Procrastination is a bad, bad

Remembering Those We Lost

This past weekend has been a difficult time of remembrance for Hokies everywhere, as Sunday, April 16 marked the 10th anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech. It is often difficult to bring the emotions surrounding that day to the surface again, and even though it may be painful to remember, it is important to never forget the lives that were lost and to honor their memories in any way that we can. At the Moss Arts Center on Friday night, the annual Performance in Remembrance was held to honor the lives of the 32 victims and to send a message of healing and hope to those still grieving and trying to make sense of something that never will. The theater was packed, and the audience was m

3.2 for 32

Today, April 16, 2017, marks the 10 year anniversary of the terrible tragedy that took 32 Hokies from their friends, family, and community. Hokie nation grieved then and the world grieved with us. Ten years later we remember and cherish their memories, still reeling from our loss but encouraged and strengthened by the progress and acts of love and service we’ve seen. For the first time, April 16 falls on Easter Sunday. Easter carries significant weight for many people because it offers hope and breathes life into situations that are dark and feel hopeless. Easter to us means new life in dead places, and it is something we celebrate with thankfulness, awe, and gravity. This morning in church,

How We Remember

Tonight, I took part in the candlelight vigil for the victims of the April 16th shooting, which happened 10 years ago. I was only 10 years old then. I hardly remember 2007-- I remember my fifth grade teachers, I remember which of my classmates I was friends with, and I vaguely remember reading horrific articles in The Washington Post about the shooting, articles which I was far too young to fully understand. That’s about all I remember. We say that we will #neVerforgeT, that #WeRemember, but I’m not sure exactly what we-- my generation of Hokies-- are supposed to remember. I can’t really remember the 32 victims, since I never knew them. I know that I will never feel their absence the way the

Ode to D.C.

This weekend, I went home to Northern Virginia because I had an interview scheduled in Washington, D.C. I never went to D.C. much as as kid, even though I live about an hour outside the city, but recently I’ve made more of an effort to explore it with friends. The day of my interview, though, would be my first venture into the city and on the Metro entirely by myself. I felt an odd sense of thrill as I touched my Metro card to a turnstile in the Vienna station and sailed down the escalator to join the ranks of other busy-looking citygoers. While sitting on my dully-colored Metro seat, I thought of how I always imagined it must feel so exciting, so grown-up and professional, to take the train

A Month from Graduation

The following is a list of things I (and many other seniors) must accomplish before my undergraduate experience is up: *Begin writing letters to several people (friends, bosses, roommates, mentors) who have shaped and cultivated my life over the last four years. I’d like to tell them how much they mean to me and thank them for their very active presence in my life. *Find a favorite picture with each of these people to print out and go along with their letters. This is a must. *Pick out which senior picture I’d like to put on Facebook. Also a must. *Accept graduate school offer from Virginia Tech. I did this about 20 minutes ago, but it felt big so I thought it deserved to go on this list. (A

Glossolalia: A Literary Celebration

I always have a fair amount of apprehension before going to any sort of English-y event. I touched on this in one of my last posts-- usually it’s because I’m too afraid to compare myself to fellow (uber-talented, I might add) writers. But I also sometimes just find them awkward, because I’m awkward. I never know who to sit with, how much food is too much to put on my plate, if I should say hi to that professor I had three semesters ago or not… you get the gist. Well, I went to Glossolalia, a student-run literary festival held in Surge on Friday, and it exceeded all my expectations. The whole thing reminded me exactly why I love English so much.The best way I can describe it is a celebration:

The Big Event: A Big Deal for Students and the Community

The Big Event was held last Saturday, April 8th on the Virginia Tech campus, and thousands of students gathered on the Drillfield to get their tools and volunteer assignments before dispersing into teams. The Big Event is a volunteer event held each April in which students travel to local homes (or schools or other community buildings) and help with yardwork, cleaning, special projects, or anything else the homeowners might need. Students turn out in large numbers each year for this event, even in rain or snow, as students who participated last year know all too well. This year, however, the weather was much better (though a little chilly in the morning), and it was a perfect day to work out

The Importance of a Well-Rounded Education

Virginia Tech isn’t a liberal arts college. But even Tech has general education requirements, or CLEs (Curriculum for a Liberal Education). Many students may think taking these courses is pointless because they don’t directly correlate to their programs of study or future careers. Others may know they’re important, but take them begrudgingly, cursing Tech for making them waste valuable space in their course schedule on math or art history that they’ll never use in their careers. However, it is important for students to have a well-rounded education and to be exposed to different ways of thinking and looking at the world. Sure, college for most is about getting a degree to get a job to make m

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