It’s no secret that I’m a Hokie fan through and through, and I’m very proud of my alma mater.  So much in fact, that this spring I wrote What It’s Really Like To Be A Hokie.  So on the eve of the Hokie Half Marathon, I’ll shared my lessons learned at Virginia Tech.


Lessons I learned as a young Hokie…

There are a lot of very smart people in this world, and I have to work very hard to make A’s and B’s

There’s no place that seems colder on earth, than walking across the Drill Field in January

The War Memorial Gym isn’t such a bad home-away-from-home

Popcorn makes a great late night snack

The world is a much larger place than the tiny community where I grew up

To live my life with the motto Ut Prosim – that I may serve

Even if we lose the game, start looking forward to next week’s game immediately


Lesson I learned as an older Hokie… 

There’s nothing like the feeling of pulling onto campus on game day

Hokie Nation rocks!

It is absolutely impossible to listen to Metallica’s Enter Sandman without jumping

There’s nothing like being married to your college sweetheart, and having that whole Hokie thing in common

Some of my best friends for life were made while I was a student

You are a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for life

If you don’t answer the phone when the Virginia Tech Alumni Association makes their annual campaign call, they will continue to call you until you make a donation

You will continue dreaming about a national championship for a very long time

The education I received looks good on my resume, but the lessons I learned while a student have lasted a lifetime


  • Questions:
  • Do you have a place where you don’t live, but love to visit?
  • What lessons did you learn in college?
  • When was the last time you were able to visit your alma mater?