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Hello everyone I’m Karrah and I’m a Senior Communication Studies major, hailing from Virginia Beach. My concentration is Organizational Communications & Public Relations. I am a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity on Longwood’s campus. I hope to one day work at a Public Relations firm, where I can use my creativity to help others build their own brands. I’m very excited about the future, I’m not 100% sure where I’m headed but I know it’s going to be a lot of fun getting there.

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October 25, 2012 4:38PM


While October is winding down, I  figured I’d update you all on how this past month has been. At times I was crazy swamped down with Homework/Tests/Research but there were definitely some great times that this month brought

So let’s start from the beginning: Just like every October at Longwood, the first week the month is filled with Oktoberfest events. One of my favorite Longwood traditions, Color Wars was even better this year, with Green Class winning (the Class of 13 and the Class of 15) . To many peopel the concept of Color Wars would sound strange, but on our campus it is one of the many things that brings us together…Well – actually splits us up so we can throw paint at each other.

The aftermath.

Oktoberfest brings so many different people to our campus with alumni, family, and friends visiting to join in our traditions. This was the first time my friend Serra, from George Mason was able to visit for Oktoberfest Weekend. She was finally able to see what all the hype was about, and joined in for Color Wars. I think she really enjoyed taking part of our traditions, which she said was something that she felt she missed out on going to GMU (not that GMU  does not have any traditions).

Another one of my favorite events during October is the James River State Park Fall Festival. As a brother of Alpha Phi Omega – a national service fraternity- we are responsible for at least one service project each semester, and JRSP is co-chaired by Amanda Nurmi (the girl who capped me)  and myself. It is an awesome service project, in the morning a few brothers come up to JRSP to help stir the Brunswick stew ( waking up at 4:30 AM to stir some stew is some serious dedication BTW).

The Stew Crew


Toward the afternoon families start showing up and we get to teach the kids how to make butter, dip candles and paint their little faces. Once the sunsets we all get dressed in costume and become a part of the Haunted Trail Ride. I was working the Guillotine set-up with some brothers and I made a great executioner if I do say so myself.

While the month is not over yet, I’m going to sum it up as pretty awesome. Tomorrow I’m headed to a Horror Walk in RVA to bond with the brotherhood which combines some of my favorite things, history, ghosts and hanging out with them. I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hoping that November is just as eventful (even though I know it’s going to be pretty hectic with a ton of assignments due that month).

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