I enter the 2017-18 school year with a wide variety of emotions that I never knew existed in a 21-year-old man.
I am excited, scared, joyful, uneasy, confident and, frankly, tired. With this letter, I enter my senior year of a college career that I never thought – and never hoped – would end.
UVa-Wise has thus far claimed three years of my life, each proving more important than the last. From the moment that I stepped foot into McCraray Hall for the first time, I have grown in more ways than I ever thought imaginable. To quote the only true “Spider-Man” movie – the Toby Maguire version; “These are the years when a man changes into the man he’s going to become the rest of his life.”
Therefore, I owe UVa-Wise everything. I owe Chancellor Henry everything. I owe “The Highland Cavalier” and Mike Still everything. I owe Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity everything. I owe every single person that I have met on the UVa-Wise campus everything, for they have transformed me into the man I will be the rest of my life.
I write this not to reminisce on all the great memories that I have accumulated over the past three years and those I will make in the upcoming year, but as a suggestion to the incoming and returning students that call Wise home: Take nothing for granted.
Enjoy every little thing that happens along this journey. Appreciate every professor who pushes you to the limit. Join Greek Life and student organizations. Go to every student activity and cultural credit. Make a difference on campus and in the community.
I promise there are people on this campus that will be your friends for life. So, as this fall semester begins, I beg you to take risks and let the college work its magic on you as it did for me. I am a firm believer that no one leaves UVa-Wise the way they arrived.
I hope that I will meet each one of you during the upcoming year and we can be a part of one another’s unique transformations.
As for me, I will be here slaving away at my computer, whilst my staff and I continue to bring you the content that you care about as I await the dreaded graduation day when I must say goodbye.
Feel free to stop by and say hello, argue about hot dogs and their likelihood of being a sandwich, or stopping me on the way to class just to tell me my newspaper sucks. Whatever makes your UVa-Wise experience as great as mine, I support it.