Today I had the unique and humbling opportunity to visit my high school alma mater to talk with them about Longwood and everything this university has to offer its students. I accompanied Dr. Bill Stuart and Professor Jeff Halliday of the Communication Studies Department to Manchester High School in Chesterfield in order to sell Longwood, and the Communication Studies’, brand to the Mass Communications specialty center students. It was great to be back at the place where I only graduated from four years ago. Not much has changed since then, and when I re-entered the hallways, it was as if I never left.
The students were very eager to hear from Longwood University about its Communication Studies program and how it stacks up against some of the bigger and more recognizable schools in the state. What I stressed the most to my audience was how much opportunity Longwood provides for students. I thought it was very important to note that a Longwood University education takes place just as much outside the classroom as it does inside. This include the various clubs and organizations students can participate in and the internship requirement. As a result, students can gain real world experience right away rather than having to wait until their junior or senior years like at most big schools.
In the end, it was a great experience for me and I am thankful for the opportunity to be invited back to my high school to speak with them about how I made the transition to college life.