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I am from the rural dirt roads of Botetourt County, Virginia. I choose Longwood because of its size and friendly atmosphere. I am heavily involved in my school and community both here in Farmville and back home in Eagle Rock, Virginia.

I serve as News Editor for The Rotunda, the student newspaper here on campus, and have been writing for the paper since March 2009. I am also a Sergeant-At-Arms for the Longwood University Judicial Board. I have spent this summer discovering the world of online freelance journalism and have quite enjoyed myself.

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April 6, 2012 5:49PM

Allergy Alert


I’ve been sneezing too much over the past few weeks. Why? It’s not because I’ve  been eating too much pepper; that’s for sure. It’s because the allergy ratings have been knocked off the charts.

This is gross.

I’ve always had allergies all of my life and I can’t seem to find a remedy. The only thing I can do is take a pill and try not to smell grass up close. Anyone have ideas? I’ve tried everything from country remedies to city medicine.

I must say that my allergies aren’t really getting better but I have gotten used to it. I do realize that there’s not a lot I can probably do. Just suck it up.

I always laugh when I watch the news and I see the pollen report, kind of like the chart to your left. I think its funny that I need a weatherman to tell me what the pollen  count is. Ironically, I can always tell what it’s like when I walk out the door.

Sometimes I can when I just wake up and my head feels very heavy.

Thursday, when it rained, that was a nasty sight. Nasty because the rain turned yellow when it hit the ground. However, I loved seeing the rain because I knew very well it would wash some of the pollen out of the air.

Spring is one of my favorite times other than fall. However, I don’t look forward to what the new life brings–pollen and severe allergies. Maybe one day my body will just react properly and not freak out because the cherry blossoms are coming out all pretty. One day. In the meantime, all I can do is stash tissues in my pocket and watch for runny noses when I’m in public. Sorry if I’m so gross. But so is pollen.

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