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.
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…