Procrastinating After An Event.

It’s been an extremely long time since I have written… sorry.
Today is December 9th, and yesterday a tragic even to occurred here at Virginia Tech.  Another senseless act of violence happened on this campus, although completely unlike the one in 2007, scars had been re-opened.

As I sit here trying to study for my finals, that seem so much less important than they did a few days ago, I can’t help but feel the need to write…

There’s a reason why there is a sense of welcome every time you enter this town

There’s a reason why Virginia Tech is advertised anywhere in the country

There’s a reason why our fans are obsessed to the point of obnoxious, to other schools

There’s a reason why people travel from all over the country to come back to Nowheresburg, Virginia year after year.

There’s a reason why our football team is going to one of the biggest bowls this year.

There’s a reason why everyone who graduates from here decks some part of their house in Hokie gear or names their first dog “Beamer”

I’m sure that from an outsider that follows media, we look like a football school that underwent a few tragedies.

…For those of you that feel this way, I want you to know that it is so much more than you will ever know…

…It’s more than a winning season.  It’s more than a sport.  It’s more than the fact that we have faced adversity.

We are Virginia Tech.  We love our school and couldn’t be more proud to represent despite all that we have been through.  Our blood pumps in maroon and orange and we may come across as obnoxious fans because this university means so much more to us than just a great education.  This place is our life.  We are family.  Anyone ever affiliated with Virginia Tech is a Hokie, we do not discriminate.  We all share a bond that cannot be put into words and a unity that is undeniably indestructible.  We respect each other, and we take a piece of the Hokie stone with us for the rest of our lives.  We are thankful and privileged to be given the chance to go here, and forever be a part of this community. 

As I left the candlelight vigil this evening with thousands of my Hokie family, I caught the eyes of the family of the officer who was deceased just yesterday.  I could not even fathom the loss they have dealt with nor could  I even know how to handle a situation as inconceivable as this.  So through our teary eyes we just nodded to eachother and I just raised my candle.  In that moment of shear despair and bewilderment of humankind, there was a glimpse of a mutual respect for each other.  We knew that we were both Hokies  and that we loved each other.  There were no words, and there will never be words, that can describe that moment, but I will carry it with me for the rest of my life. 

Fight like a Hokie, dream like a Hokie, be courageous like a Hokie, respect like a Hokie, explore like a Hokie, love like a Hokie.  All of this and more can be summed up in three words.

Be a Hokie.

  I love you all.

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