Mandi Wasmer

Fall in Blacksburg

October 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm by under Uncategorized

The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and Halloween is literally right around the corner.  That means it’s fall in Blacksburg, and it’s absolutely beautiful!

With fall break long past, the promise of Thanksgiving vacation hangs in the air.  As students, we have just completed our course requests for spring semester, and we are definitely anxious for this semester to come to a close.  We aren’t close to being done; however.  Midterms just ended, so we have close to half a semester to go.  But with two home football games remaining, and many more fun events planned for the rest of the semester, the time will fly by as it always does.  On top of everything else, we’re still hoping for a Hokie win in the ACC.

I’ll keep you all posted as the rest of the semester unfolds.  Famous band Maroon 5 will be here on November 10th, and it’s sure to be a good time!

Pull out your sweaters and coats, stay warm, and have a beautiful fall!

Bittersweet Endings

May 14th, 2009 at 12:32 am by under Uncategorized

They say all good things must come to an end, and sadly, my freshman year here at VT has reached that end.  My things are packed, most of my friends have already gone home for the summer, and as I sit here on my bed in my empty room, I can’t help but smile thinking about the memories I have made this year.  I have made some amazing friends and met some incredible people, and they have all touched my life in one way or another.  Many of them I will see next year, or even over the summer, but some I’ll never see again.  Instead of only being sad to see them go, I am grateful for having them in my life at all, even if only for a brief time.

I have grown up an incredible amount since August, and I think my family will be surprised to see how mature I act when I’m home for the summer.  Being on my own has taught me many valuable lessons, and I’ve acquired knowledge that is relevant beyond the classroom.  I’ve figured out a lot about myself and my purpose in the world, and I’m excited to pursue that purpose in my coming years here at VT.

While I’ll definitely miss my friends, Tech, and the town of Blacksburg, I am looking forward to seeing my family and my friends from the 757.  Saying goodbye to my friends today was hard, and driving off campus will be even harder,  but all the while I realize that I have a fantastic life waiting for me back home as well.

So for now, this is farewell.  It’s been great fun keeping you all up to date on college life here in Blacksburg, and I hope to continue doing so when school starts back up in August.  And who knows, I may even see some of you around the 757 soon!  I hope you all have fantastic summers, and I’ll catch up with you in August! :)

Recent Happenings

April 28th, 2009 at 11:44 pm by under Uncategorized

So some fun things have been going on here at VT lately.

Two weekends ago was The Big Event, a day of community service where a large number of Hokies expressed their appreciation to the Blacksburg and Christiansburg residents for having such a large college in their area.

Last weekend was Relay for Life. It was my first time ever attending a Relay and I have to say, I was amazed! It was incredible seeing so many college students join together to fight cancer. I was incredibly moved by everyone’s dedication.  The spring football scrimmage was held last weekend as well.  It was great to get back into Lane stadium and feel the football energy that comes with being a Hokie.  It was a beautiful day, and our team is looking good for next year!

Exams start a week from Friday, so all the students here are a little on edge as the semester creeps to a close. But exams mean that summer is right around the corner, meaning I’ll be back in the 757! And THAT is certainly something I’m excited for! :)

Looking forward

April 16th, 2009 at 10:36 pm by under Uncategorized

The events of the 4/16 Day of Remembrance came to a close today with a candlelight vigil on the drillfield.  Five to ten thousand Hokies gathered in a semi-circle around the memorial while the names of the fallen were read.  Accompanied by the Corps of Cadets, the family and friends of the fallen helped light the candles of all the spectators, followed by a moment of silence.  As the vigil came to a close, the crowd erupted in cheers of “Let’s go, Hokies!” proving that although those we lost that day will always be in our memories, we must look forward to the future and do what we can in their memory.

Walking around campus today made me realize something that I previously had not.  Today is not only about mourning the 32 Hokies taken before their time, but also about celebrating the life that we still have.  Seeing groups of friends smiling and laughing, simply enjoying each other’s company, makes me proud to be a Hokie.  This event may have been tragic, but it brought together the Hokie community in a way most couldn’t comprehend.  Days like today make us all realize that like Nikki Giovanni predicted, the Hokies DID prevail.  And we will continue to do so.

Ceremony for the 32 Lost Hokies

April 16th, 2009 at 1:25 pm by under Uncategorized

I just returned from the memorial ceremony on the drillfield.  I always knew VT was a big community, but I didn’t realize exactly how big until I saw the hundreds upon hundreds of maroon and orange clad Hokies gathered to mourn the lost 32.  To say the ceremony was touching wouldn’t even begin to describe the raw emotion present when the names of the fallen were read.

neVer forgeT. 4/16/07.

April 16th, 2009 at 10:18 am by under Uncategorized

I woke up this morning and it felt like a completely normal day, until I looked out my window. From what I could see, campus was deserted.

I just left my dorm to see if there was anything going on. But the campus, normally filled with hustle and bustle, is empty. The only people on the normally crowded drill field are crew members setting up for the speeches at noon. I didn’t even want to go near the memorial for fear that I would upset any families that were there. It’s almost as if time is standing still; as if the shootings happened yesterday, and I somehow slept through them. Or worse, as if they happened this morning, and the media has yet to arrive. It’s an odd feeling.

Being a freshman, I wasn’t here on the day the shootings occurred. But that doesn’t mean I’m not affected. Many friends of mine were here on that day and lost people they cared about. Hearing them talk about what unfolded makes me feel more connected to the incident. A lot of people think that the freshmen and sophomores don’t understand what happened on that fateful day. But just because we weren’t here to experience it first hand doesn’t mean we aren’t still Hokies. When you come to Tech, you become part of a family, and the events of 4/16 are a big part of the history of that family. And they always will be.

I’ll be in touch more as the memorial events of the day unfold.

In the words of Nikki Giovanni:

We are the Hokies,

We will prevail,

We will prevail,

We will prevail,

We are Virginia Tech.

April 12th, 2009 at 10:09 pm by under Uncategorized

Hey everyone!

So much has been happening here in Blacksburg lately it’s hard to keep up!

This past week was International Week. It kicked off last Saturday with a street fair downtown, where vendors sold all types of yummy foreign food, and there were performances by many different acts. Throughout the week there were smaller events both on campus and in town.

As many of you may know, this Thursday will be an emotional time for Hokies everywhere. It will mark the anniversary of the massacre on April 16th, 2007. I’ll be posing a lot of information here on Thursday to keep you all updated on what memorial activities Tech has planned.

Enjoy your week everyone, and keep an eye out for my blog entry on Thursday.

VT Voting TIme

March 31st, 2009 at 8:48 pm by under Uncategorized

Today began the first of two days for SGA elections on campus. After weeks of campaigning, the time has finally arrived for both the ticket and senator candidates to see if their hard work has paid off.

The two tickets running, SGA4You and unitedSGA have been campaigning on issues such as giving discounts to students who eat in the dining halls during non-peak hours, and tracking the Blacksburg Transit buses with GPS tracking so that students know where the buses are at all times.

In other VT news, ring dance was held this past weekend. It is a tradition that just hit its 75th anniversary, and consists of a banquet on Friday night and a dance the following Saturday night. Typically intended for juniors (since that is when they receive their class rings), it proves to be an enjoyable weekend for everyone, since all classes are permitted to attend the dance.

Thats pretty much all happening in Blacksburg at the moment, but I can assure you there will definitely be some interesting events in the following weeks.

Go Hokies!

Counting Your Blessings

March 24th, 2009 at 8:01 pm by under Uncategorized

Hey everyone!  I hope all of you have gotten off to a nice start this week.

Now is a busy time for students here in Blacksburg.  Why? Because course request for next semester opened today.  Now is the time when all current students put in the classes they want to take next year, and pray that they get everything they requested.  Students are rushing about campus meeting with advisors to try to determine what classes will both fit their major and suit their career path.

In other campus news, tonight is Hokie Idol.  Beta Theta Pi has taken the idea from the hit TV show American Idol and added a VT element to it.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the New River Valley Free Clinic.

On a more somber note, I wanted to comment on a story from Newport News that (almost literally) hit home.  Many of you have probably heard about the house fire that happened early this morning on Michael Irvin Dr.  When I woke up, I had a text message from my mom talking about the fire.  As it turned out, the fire was only a few houses down from mine.  My heart goes out to my neighbors who lost so much in this tragic incident.  It just goes to show that no matter how steady our lives seem, there can be an incident to upset that balance at any second of any day.  Just because college students are away at school doesn’t mean they feel detached from their families and their community, and this definitely made me realize that I have to be thankful for everyone and everything I have in my life, both here in Blacksburg and back home in Newport News.

Stay safe, everyone.  I’ll be in touch soon!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

March 17th, 2009 at 5:52 pm by under Uncategorized

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, readers!  Here in Blacksburg, everyone is definitely feeling the St. Paddy’s Day spirit.  Everywhere you turn, you see gaggles of girls in green polos, or groups of guys in green T-shirts (wow, that’s a lot of G’s!). The luck of the Irish also seems to be with us in terms of weather. It’s absolutely gorgeous here today, and warm and sunny always makes for a bunch of happy Hokies.

A sea of green floods through the doors of McBryde Hall.

A sea of green floods through the doors of McBryde Hall.

Enjoy the holiday everyone! I’m off to track down some corned beef and cabbage…