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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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May 13, 2011 10:59PM

Just Hours


It’s not a goodbye for me, but it is a goodbye for over 800 people in the morning. They’ll be graduating. They’ll be leaving Longwood and making their final pass on campus as undergraduates for the last time.

Days like this are bittersweet. There are countless happy moments and then there are tears. Sometimes these moments literally mix together. Graduations only come once or twice in a collegian’s life. The undergrad and then the grad (if you’re not tired of education yet). It’s something that’s rare. It should be savored.

In just a few hours the goodbyes will come. The tears will roll and the smiles will gleam. But while they are leaving in body, the seniors will not leave in spirit. Just like CHI, they will be here all the time. The service they have given to Longwood and the impact they have on lives will never be forgotten.

And that’s what we should remember. They will forever be Lancers.

Thanks to Junior Nancy McDonald and her Facebook post, I’m reminded of a quote from Mahatma Gandhi during times like these.  ‎”There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” And to the seniors I know and I have grown to become close with, this is so true. May you always be blessed by the Longwood spirit and may the blue and white run with you wherever you may go.

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