Jayla Beechaum graduated from Richmond Community High School. Her favorite classes there were anatomy and biology, and she was involved in Student Government, Math Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Environmental Club—to name just a few.

Jayla will be focusing on her studies as she works toward her goal of going to medical school—she’s majoring in biology—but she’s also taking time for other things important to her. Like hauling in and storing away the 15 pairs of shoes she brought with her on move-in day (with more on the way) and working in the admissions office.

Here are some random interesting facts from Jayla about herself:

  1. My favorite pastime is listening to music and running. I like being able to clear my head while being active.
  2. My favorite movie in the world is The Lion King. The first time I watched it, I cried when Mufasa died.
  3. I like hanging out and meeting new people. So if you see me, just say HEY!

A Door to Adore: “The Lauren”

Jayla and her roommates got in the fall spirit by decorating their door, inspiring some of the other students on their floor to do the same.

As the season begins to change and upcoming holidays approach, we wanted to be the cheerful part of the third floor of our hall.

Laya, Lauren and I had a blast decorating our dorm room door. We ran to Walmart grabbing everything that we felt was fall. As we picked up all of our door decorations, we joked and played around getting lots of ideas.

When we came back to the dorm to decorate, we played our music. We sang with no thought of being too loud. Everyone could hear us laughing and our jokes. They got curious and came out into the hall. They stood around watching and eating snacks like we were performing in a full show. They kept saying, “That’s so cool and cute.”

The other people on our floor were so inspired by our little door that we happened to set a trend of door decorating. We even encouraged a door-decorating contest for Halloween.

I guess it’s stuff like that gets you comfortable with dorm life. This little thing we did for fun definitely helped us get used to the people around us and to make new friends. It was great because living away from home takes time to get used to.

 

A work in progress.

My Roommate: I Expected the Worst but Got a Blessing Instead

Jayla gets things squared away in her room in Arc.

A planned roommate assignment wasn’t exactly what I wanted when I thought about going to college—but it was honestly well worth it.

I remember walking in on move-in day. I looked up and saw her right beside me signing her name. She waved at me and I smiled. I had so many expectations. Some were good but mostly bad.

15 pairs of shoes and more on the way.

I feared that this roommate assignment was going to change my experience at Longwood. In my head, I figured that she was going to be a strange person that I would have to share the same space with. I automatically was pessimistic and knew it was going to suck. I worried that she was going to be mean and a control freak. I really thought my first roommate was going to be a horror story because that’s what so many people told me.

But, after that first day, I knew it was a blessing.

Laya (above) and Jayla had never met before move-in day.

My roommate, Laya, is absolutely the best. It seemed like the more we talked and hung out—things just clicked. One day we stayed up all night doing our hair. We laughed uncontrollably. We kept saying over and over again that we were a perfect match.

This has truly been a BLESSING.