The tragic events of today bring back unwanted feelings and memories of April 16th--a day I will never forget. I've been sitting here at work constantly checking Twitter newsfeeds, Facebook messages, and newscasts--with chills overcoming every ounce of my body--hoping this was all a dream--but it's not. Every moment....Every feeling...Every being...it's all real.
I've heard many people compare Virginia Tech people to Philadelphia Eagle fans. They don't understand why VT flags are flying high outside our homes, why a VT door mat welcomes everyone into our homes, why we have rooms painted maroon and orange, and have nothing but VT clothing in our closet. We have pride in ourselves and in our school. When tragedy strikes, we unite together. We are strong. We are one. We are family. What affects one, affects us all. This isn't something that is taught to us in class or at freshman orientation. It is something that is passed on from one Hokie to another.
I am proud to be a Hokie and to call Virginia Tech my home. I would not have traded my four years of undergrad for anything in the world.
Please pray for the family and friends of our heroes who are now watching over us all from above.