Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Major: Packaging Systems and Design

Year: Sophomore

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?

“I chose Virginia Tech because I have always been a Hokie fan, and I have always felt as this was my second home. I believe Virginia Tech has this effect that persuades people to almost immediately fall in love with the campus, the school, and Hokie Nation.”

What advice would you give to high school students looking for a college?

“I advise incoming freshmen looking for a college to visit places you have the slightest interest in. I have known countless people who heard about Virginia Tech and were on the fence to even apply. As soon as they took a tour of campus, they never looked back. Don’t be scared to try something you’ve never done before! The last piece of advice is to look at schools that not only offer the major(s) you want to do, but also offer majors similar to ones you want to pursue.”

What do you like most about the college your major is in?

“The fact that the College of Natural Resources and the Environment is No. 1 in the nation is pretty impressive in itself. The other big thing I love about my college is the strong foundation of sustainability in everything we do.”

What do you like most about your professors? (Or your favorite professor):

“All the professors know you and will be willing to work with you on anything you have problems with. These professors are great in every aspect, and you can see their passion and desire to teach in all classes.”

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

“My favorite place on campus is the Drillfield. The Drillfield always has something going on and is truly the centerpiece that ties this campus together. Crossing the Drillfield every day reminds me of how lucky I am to come to Virginia Tech.”

What does Ut Prosim mean to you and how have you experienced or lived it?

“I take our motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) as a challenge to fulfill your requirement as a Hokie to give back in some way.”

What extracurriculars are you involved in?

“Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity – Working in the community alongside the Big Event, helping raise money for cancer research with Relay for Life, and raising money and working with the athletes for our philanthropy, Special Olympics, has really helped me give back and opened my eyes about what this university can give back to me.”