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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.


May 3, 2012 12:16AM

The Spirit Walks On…

CHI. It was a week ago tonight that I came home to a slew of txts and Facebook posts from a number of people congratulating me on being in CHI, one of Longwood’s secret societies that promotes spirit here at on campus and recognizes those people doing exceptional things for the university. I appreciated the recognition from my freinds and fellow students, but honestly CHI is not about being recognized myself. It’s about everyone else.

Me on Iler at the CHI burning

When I first became a part of this amazing group with amazing people to represent Longwood’s spirit, I was so greatly honored. But I knew it was not about me. It was about the people that I came into contact each and everyday. It was about my university family. I was pleased to be able to spend the past year watching people, looking out for those who do amazing things for Longwood both here on campus and abroad.

One of my favorite lines we say during our burning event held each April goes “CHI is not those of us chosen as individuals, but a spirit that burns in the hearts and minds of those who seek its real purpose.” That real purpose is serving the campus without seeking any honor for thyself. This really strikes me because it truly encompasses Longwood. So many people here on campus are leaders. We don’t ask for the recognition in the service we do; we simply do it because it makes our campus a better place. We enjoy making a difference in our community.

I can’t really talk much about my experience in CHI since it is a secret, but it will be an experience I know I’ll never forget. I will always have the spirit of Longwood to recall and for that I am truly thankful. I know that I will be leaving here in a week or so, but I feel very confident that the spirit of Longwood will be held strong. For the spirit of CHI walks on…

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