article was written a few days after the Virginia Tech murders
an unexpected moment I was in.
weeks I'd been feeling like I needed to visit my family
in Virginia. Not knowing why, but feeling it was quite important,
I finally booked the airline reservation.
days later 33 people were dead. The timing of the trip suddenly
made sense in light of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
visiting the Virginia Tech campus, I was flooded with memories,
insights, and sadness.
many times had I walked down that sidewalk? Across the drill
field? Through those doors? Hundreds? Thousands?
too many to count.
tell you the impact the Virginia Tech campus had on my life.
I was a young, passionate, dream filled girl when I first
stepped foot on that soil.
And I found myself reliving those passions as I sat on a
park bench near the duck pond overlooking one of the most
beautiful college campuses in the United States.
been working full time as a receptionist at a doctor's office
and attending classes full time at night at a nearby community
college. I was planning to major in Business Administration.
I was making A's in all of my classes and actually getting
bored with the major.
one day I had an interview to be a secretary at Virginia
Tech. There is a giant parking lot that runs along side
the engineering buildings. I was so nervous about the interview
that I forgot where I parked my car in that big lot. I finally
had to get on the roof of one of the engineering buildings
and look down from above in order to find it.
that's when my life changed.
working full time and attending classes at Virginia Tech.
And I continued the night classes at 2 Community Colleges.
Instead of Business Administration courses, I was taking
calculus and other engineering prep classes.
are some amazing things that happen on a college campus.
bloom and often result in marriage.
dreams are born and are often realized.
is the magic available at a college campus. And that is
what seemed lost and overshadowed at Virginia Tech that
acted as an instrument of peace, saying prayers and speaking
the "Language of Light." I dropped fresh flowers
in the duck pond as a memorial. And I asked for clearing
and healing and that the icky overshadow be dissolved and
that the magic return.
hope should be the predominant theme on every college campus.
campus had certainly given me that. I was on top of the
world when I graduated from there with a degree in Industrial
successfully won the presidential election and became head
of the student chapter of the Instiutute of Industrial Engineers.
We had 300 members at the time. It was a big responsibility.
and published a campus newsletter.
I landed the job of my dreams. Life was darn good.
Virginia Tech should continue to offer that hope to others
for years to come.
people connected in with me that day through prayer and
intention as I performed the clearing ceremony.
intended to head over to Norris Hall - the location of the
shootings. But my intuition took me to the drill field instead.
I found there was a beautiful memorial. A semi-circle of
flowers and candles, the names of each of those who died
with gifts and momentoes from friends and family. The grass
had been worn bare from the number of people who had walked
past and read the names through teary eyes - just as I had
day after I visiting campus, I happened to walk past as
my dad was watching the evening news and the President of
Virginia Tech was on the screen in a cap and gown. I asked
my dad what was going on and he said that it was Tech's
shocked. They were graduating already. The campus would
be filled with thousands of families and friends and I'd
been guided to visit the campus the day before and literally
clear the space. I felt immensely blessed and that perhaps
in some small way my actions had somehow made a positive
now on to the next part of the mission . . . to visit Jamestown
and Washington D.C.
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