16 4 / 2013
April is a difficult time for the Hokie community. On April 16th 2007, 32 of our fellow Hokies were killed in what is now considered the worst school shooting in United States history. I still remember this day like it was yesterday.
I remember I had woken up at 5 a.m. to work on some chem recitation homework due by the end of the day. I remember walking to my 9 a.m. class still under the fog of sleep. I remember the frigid cold and the cutting wind as I trudged across the drillfield. I had no idea that by the time my class ended, that I would be plunged headfirst into a cold reality that to this day I have trouble reconciling with.
It is still hard for me to equate this place, this place that has fed my soul and turned me into the woman I am today, with such violence. IT is even harder to realize that our loved ones are truly gone. When people ask me if I knew anyone who died that day, they don’t expect my answer of yes. yes I knew people. Most people don’t realize that in a school so large (almost 30 thousand if you include graduate students and faculty), everyone knew someone.
That is the type of community we are, we live up to our motto Ut Prosim-That I may serve. We take pride in our community service, we take pride in the small acts of kindness and generosity that make us who we are. If you were to ask any one student, they would be able to list the multitude of organizations and activities they are involved with on campus. This is the Hokie community I know and love so well, that I was blessed to be part of.
Many of us have learned to cope, I myself have made it a mission to “invent the future” to strive to do good, to be kind, to make a difference for those who will never get the chance. I rarely let anyone know this, it is not something I like to broadcast. but it’s there. always. Living for 32.
02 4 / 2013
April is for new beginnings. I am reminded of this every spring when the cherry blossoms start to bloom and the temperature rises. Even in Houston, far away from those cherry blossoms I love, and where the temperature has been in the 70s for the past month, it still feels new.
As exciting new beginnings are, they are also scary. A month ago I had my life figured out, now I’m back to square one, funny how things can change so quickly. Every night I toss and turn, every morning I wake up and look at myself in the mirror and wonder…. what now?
Today I realized the answer to that question. Everything. Absolutely Everything.
07 3 / 2013
"The reality is that so-called pro-life movement is not about saving babies. It’s about punishing women for having sex. That’s why they oppose birth control. That’s why they want to ban abortion even though doing so will simply drive women to have dangerous back alley abortions. That’s why they want to penalize women who take public assistance and then dare to have sex, leaving an exemption for those who become pregnant from rape. It’s not about babies. If it were about babies, they would be making access to birth control widespread and free and creating a comprehensive social safety net so that no woman finds herself with a pregnancy she can’t afford. They would be raising money for research on why half of all zygotes fail to implant and working to prevent miscarriages. It’s not about babies. It’s about controlling women. It’s about making sure they have consequences for having unapproved sex."