My favorite part of campus this Christmas season is the giant Christmas tree inside Ruffner under the Rotunda dome. I have my citizenship class in Ruffner, and seeing the Christmas tree all lit up as I walk to class is peaceful. Christmas time at Longwood is so pretty. Campus is gorgeous this time of year with the trees all different colors. I enjoy how decorated and festive Longwood is: Christmas wreaths on the doors and on buildings, candles in windows, and garland on the light poles, including the railings inside and out.
This semester is wrapping up so fast. I am so blessed to have such amazing professors who have helped me in so many ways. I could not have made it on the president’s list this semester without them! They have all taught me so much and made it fun!
A shout-out to my friend Dani Rauchwarg, who is a senior here at Longwood. Having someone I know work with me on my writing at the Writing Center made me more comfortable. Dani has helped me immensely with improving my writing skills throughout this entire semester. I will apply everything she has taught me in all my papers. I am so thankful to have her here for my freshman year. I have enjoyed coming to her concerts, and specifically her senior piano recital. The best way to take a break from studying is to listen to beautiful music!
When I go into D-hall to eat, Mrs. Betty always greets me with a smile and asks how I am doing. She is such a positive influence and such a sweet lady. She has this special stuffed animal, a camel named Nile, out on the counter on Wednesdays that has different outfits. I went in Monday for breakfast, and Nile was out with a Christmas tree outfit on! Mrs. Betty said, “I know he is usually out on just Wednesdays, but I realize finals are coming up next week, and I love seeing those smiles when he’s dressed in different costumes. So I figured he would make your days more enjoyable if he was out every day.”