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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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December 6, 2011 3:14PM

Building Houses


Community service is one of the things that Longwood prides herself on. This past weekend, on Sunday morning, I spent about five hours working on a Habitat for Humanity home in Farmville. The house is for someone I met this past summer during training for Peer Mentors. Habitat for Humanity is almost like Peer Mentors’¬†philanthropy.

It was great to be a part of this build because this is a way that I can truly give back and make a difference. What better way to give back to people in the community than helping build the ultimate gift of shelter?

During the holiday season, I ask you to give a little bit back to the community. Maybe you can partake in a Habitat for Humanity build in your community. Maybe you can volunteer at a soup kitchen over the break. Or maybe just drop some money in the Salvation Army tin at Wal-Mart.

Just do something. Give back somehow whether it is in time or material worth. Do something good in the spirit of the season.

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