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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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September 21, 2011 10:30PM

Dancing in the Rain?


You can really tell when people enjoy something. They often hoop and holler about it or make a ridiculous showing of character. I ran into this today on Brock Commons.

Trying to get people to nominate people for something can often be difficult. We’re experiencing that with Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest (more to come on that next week) nominations this year. Sometimes, people just don’t know seniors to nominate them. And that’s an issue. I’ve heard that from numerous people just in the past two days I’ve been working the D-Hall tables.

Yesterday, because it was sprinkling rain all morning, we had to move the table inside in the actual lobby of D-Hall. Today, the table received a bit more notice thanks to WMLU being on the scene offering some sweet tunes. While not everyone who walked by stopped at the lonely little table cornered between the Student Union steps and Brock Commons, everyone seemed to enjoy our gracious entertainment.

It’s always wonderful to see people having fun at college. We sometimes get bogged down due to the stress of tests and work that seems never ending. But today, all of that seemed to disappear with students dancing to the beats up and down Brock Commons. They were laughing and having a “good ‘ol time” as my grandparents would say.

Days like these when things might not be going wonderfully in your life are great. You see little things like this and you immediately feel different. You learn to untie the rope from around your waste and live a little. Laugh. Be silly. Have fun. Longwood is a great place to do that because strangers will just start joining in and looking just as silly. It’s really a remarkable thing if you ask me.

But most of all, take advantage of the moment and be happy.

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