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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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February 14, 2012 9:04PM



The Four Aces once sang about it being a “Many splendor thing.” Love is a lot f things, many of them splendor. Love is a feeling that one really can’t describe in words.

I’m lucky to have a wonderful Valentine on this day of love. Valentine’s Day for many is somewhat daunting, simply because they don’t have someone to kiss. They don’t have someone to go to bed next to. Maybe they don’t have someone to visualize a future with.

But love is more than that.

Love is a feeling that expands past kissing and courting. Love is caring. Love is treating others how we want to be treated.

Last night, during the Lasting Lecture program put on by Mortar Board, love was a big topic. Maybe it was because Valentine’s Day was right around the corner–just hours away. Maybe it was because you can say a lot about it. Maybe.     But I think it was because love is really the big lesson we all need to take away from life.

Love is here to keep us all connected. We often hear about the bad people in the world. But I promise you there are genuinely good people out there doing acts of goodness. Acts of love. Loving is caring for and serving others. We do that     almost every day. Likewise, someone does that to us everyday. That’s the part we often forget.

Even if you are without a date today or alone eating your bowl of ice cream wondering why nobody will buy you dinner, you are loved. You might be loved by your parents. Maybe you’re loved by your siblings. Maybe it’s your best friend.       No matter what, someone loves you. Maybe it’s just in a platonic sense, but you are loved.

Charge yourself. Make every single day Valentine’s Day. Love like love is going out of style and only you can keep it going. Only if you love hard and long enough. Love each other. Love yourself. Love your life.

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